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15. May. 2024 MY BROAD BAND

All 30 bank branches offering Smart ID cards and passport renewals




All 30 bank branches offering Smart ID cards and passport renewals
Hanno Labuschagne14 May 2024
All 30 bank branches offering Smart ID cards and passport renewals

Over half the bank branches that support Smart ID card issuing and passport renewals are in Gauteng.

In addition, more than 83% of the branches are in the three most populous provinces in South Africa, while only about 56.3% of the country’s population lives in these provinces.

Many people will have to travel far to use one of these branches instead of a regular, problem-ridden Home Affairs office to get a new ID or passport.

Thirty bank branches support the eHomeAffairs system introduced by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) in 2016.

This facility enables people to apply for a Smart ID card or new passport to complete most of their application online and pay for it before making an appointment for biometric verification at one of their banks’ branches.

MyBroadband has repeatedly tested the service and found it to be highly convenient with an excellent turnaround time.

The system has been in a perpetual pilot phase, with rollouts happening extremely slowly.

While several banks have expressed interest in expanding the service to more branches, the deadline for finalising a permanent agreement between the banks and DHA has repeatedly been delayed.

Numerous MyBroadband readers have pointed out that their bank does not offer a branch near them with the service.

However, most of the supported banks permit entry-level accountholders to access the service.

These accounts can often be opened online with minimal effort and fee payments - a good option for those desperate to avoid a regular Home Affairs office or long-distance travel to reach a branch supported by their primary bank.

All the country’s biggest banks, except Capitec and TymeBank, have DHA-enabled branches in Gauteng.

Absa, FNB, Nedbank, and Standard Bank also have branches in the Western Cape.

Absa is the only one in the Big Four that does not have any supported branches in KwaZulu-Natal.

However, it does offer a branch in the Eastern Cape, alongside Standard Bank, while FNB and Nedbank do not.

Limpopo, Mpumalanga, and Northern Cape residents have just one branch each - all with different banks.

Free State residents have no choice but to go to a regular Home Affairs office or travel to another province to use a DHA-enabled bank branch.

That would take an immense effort unless they live close to the border because it requires two visits - one for biometrics and a second for collection.



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Business Startup as a foreigner South Africa

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24. May. 2024 SA Migration

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24. May. 2024 SA Migration

Relatives visa for immigration to South Africa

What is a Relatives visa or visa for immigration to South Africa The South African Immigration Act allows applications for permanent residence from those who have a first kin relationship with either a South African Permanent Resident or Citizen. This category of visa is known as a relatives visa. You can learn more about the relatives visa by viewing the below information, or if you prefer the human touch simply call us on any of the above numbers, request a call back here, or email your enquiry. What is a first kin relationship? The regulations that govern the relatives visa define a first kin relationship as: • Parent. • Child. Therefore an application for immigration, under the relatives visa can be made by the: • Child of a South African citizen or permanent residence holder. • Parent of a South African citizen or permanent residence holder. V.5397

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22. May. 2024 TraveloBiz

South Africa Plans to Introduce E-Visa and 90-Day Visa Waiver for Indians

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22. May. 2024 Businesstech

Big visa changes for South Africa are back

The Department of Home Affairs has re-gazetted amendments to South Africa’s immigration laws, after previously gazetting and then withdrawing them. On 28 March, the DHA published the amended immigration regulations. However, because this was a day before the closing date of the public comment period, the minister, Aaron Motsoaledi issued a notice withdrawing the changes. This created confusion and consternation among businesses and in the tourism industry in particular, as the amendments introduced long-sought-after changes to visas and the entry of critical skills to South Africa. V.5380

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22. May. 2024 Businesstech

New labour rules for South Africa - what you need to know

New Labour Court and Labour Appeal Court rules, including changes to restraint of trade and holiday-time litigation, have been published in the Government Gazette. According to Chloë Loubser and Ayanda Nkabinde from Bowmans, the new rules include major procedural changes and technical advancements. These aim to ensure that matters in the Labour Court are handled efficiently, which should help clear the challenging backlog. Although the new rules’ effective date is yet to be published, Loubser and Nkabinde said they should be published in another Gazette in due course. Practitioners will need to become familiar with the new technical details of the rules, with the experts highlighting some of the key provisions that employers should know about: V.5381

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22. May. 2024 News24

SA`s nomad visa, aimed at foreigners who earn more than R1m - takes effect

The Department of Home Affairs refiled long-awaited changes to its work-permit regime to allow for the creation of a so-called nomad visa for remote workers. The 20 May gazetting of the changes, which had last month been withdrawn after the department failed to observe a mandatory period for public comment, means that the changes are now law.It’s also seeking to allow people employed and paid by companies elsewhere to live in the country as long as they earn at least R1 million annually. V.5384

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22. May. 2024 Daily Mavrick

SAs new white paper on migration doesn’t quite hold up against international human rights

Many migrant children, having been told they would be safe and things would be better in South Africa, are finding this to be far from the truth. The Equal Education Law Centre is concerned about the impact that the final White Paper on Citizenship, Immigration and Refugee Protection will have on migrant and undocumented children’s rights - including the right to education. On 10 April 2024, Cabinet approved the final White Paper on Citizenship, Immigration and Refugee Protection. It was gazetted on 17 April. The document outlines sweeping plans for reform, including increased border monitoring, establishing immigration courts and withdrawing from international and regional human rights instruments. V.5385

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22. May. 2024 Bloomberg

South Africa set to create nomad visa for remote workers

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs refiled long-awaited changes to its work permit regime to allow for the creation of a so-called nomad visa for remote workers. The May 20 gazetting of the changes, which had been withdrawn last month after the department failed to observe a mandatory period for public comment, means that the changes are now law. It’s also seeking to allow people employed and paid by companies elsewhere to live in the country as long as they earn at least R1 million ($55,404) annually. The visa comes with a short-term tax exemption. V.5387

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21. May. 2024 My BroadBand

New engineering qualifications proposed for South Africa

The Quality Council for Trades and Occupations (QCTO) has proposed 13 new occupational qualifications, which are available for public comment. These qualifications range from National Qualification Framework (NQF) level 3 to level 6 and include four engineering qualifications. QCTO CEO Vijayen Naidoo published it in a Government Gazette on 14 May 2024. According to the QCTO, an occupational qualification is a “qualification associated with a trade, occupation or profession resulting from work-based learning.” V.5377

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20. May. 2024 Daily News

Visa refusal spike stalls Turkish tour companies, says sector rep

The increasing rejection rate for Schengen visa applications from Turkish citizens has brought the operations of tour companies to a grinding halt, according to a prominent industry representative. `As of 2024, even being able to apply for a visa is a success... We don`t know exactly what percentage of those who requested a visa were able to make an appointment,` said Association of Turkish Travel Agencies (TÜRSAB) head Firuz Bağlıkaya. V.5370

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20. May. 2024 News24

Home Affairs minister ordered to pay refugee R300 000 following unlawful arrest

• In June 2017, a refugee went to a Department of Home Affairs office to apply for the re-issue of his refugee papers that had been stolen during a robbery. • Instead of getting help, Ntahompagaze Abdul was arrested by Home Affairs officials on a charge of being an illegal immigrant and detained for 13 days. • The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has ordered that the minister of Home Affairs pay R300 000 to the refugee for the unlawful arrest and detainment. The Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has ordered the minister of Home Affairs to pay R300 000 to a refugee who was unlawfully arrested at one of the department`s offices after he tried to apply for a re-issue of his refugee papers that had been stolen. V.5371

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20. May. 2024 News24

Whistleblowers played key role in starting corruption probe at home affairs refugee centres

• The Special Investigating Unit raided home affairs refugee centres around the country. • The search and seizure operation forms part of a probe into allegations of corruption linked to the issuing of asylum and refugee papers to foreign nationals entering South Africa. • Head of the unit, advocate Andy Mothibi, said information from whistleblowers played a key role in getting the probe off the ground. It was thanks to information from whistleblowers that the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) obtained warrants for Friday morning`s nationwide search and seizure operation at home affairs refugee centres. The SIU simultaneously raided all five home affairs refugee centres on Friday morning as part of a corruption probe linked to the issuing of asylum and refugee papers to foreign nationals entering South Africa. News24 was present at the large refugee centre in Marabastad, Pretoria, where more than 60 home affairs officials were understood to have been identified as suspects in the investigation. V.5372

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20. May. 2024 The Citizen

‘Money talks’ - Corruption crackdown targets refugee centres and Home Affairs

Legitimate asylum seekers are being sidelined in favour of these people who are able to pay massive bribes.` A crackdown on corruption in refugee centers countrywide is underway, as the Special Investigating Unit (SIU) and the Directorate of Priority Crimes Investigations (Hawks), conducted raids on several home affairs offices. It was a crackdown not only on illegal immigrants, but also on those facilitating them being illegally, Ayesha Kajee, political analyst and research fellow at Afrasid, said. This was specifically pointing a finger at home affairs, which itself had commissioned this investigation after the proclamation issued by the president, she said. “We have a responsibility to admit refugees and to protect and give them the appropriate status, but because of a large degree of corruption, many people who do apply for that status do not qualify. There is a level of criminality both within home affairs and among syndicates operating in collusion with the department,” Kajee said. V.5373

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20. May. 2024 The Citizen

Long wait to annul fake marriage

An administration error has put Elsie Mgwenya`s life on pause, struggling to annul a fake marriage with a foreigner. Imagine having to put your life on hold due to an administration error… That’s exactly what has happened to Elsie Mgwenya, a 47-year-old mother of three from Marite in Bushbuckridge, Mpumalanga. She is trying to get to the bottom of a fake marriage to a foreigner. She blames the department of home affairs for the mistake and is desperate for the fake marriage to be annulled. Mgwenya is unable to get married or obtain a birth certificate for her son and she fears her fiancé, who she’s been with for more than 20 years, could give up on her. V.5374

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20. May. 2024 SA Migration

South Africa Business Visa

Your expression of interest of a business visa has reference and we have provided you with an overview of the basic requirements A Business Visa is issued to foreign nationals wishing to invest in or purchase a business in South Africa. Investment in own Business, with or without a South African partner. A business visa may be issued by the Department of Home Affairs to a foreigner intending to establish or invest in a business in South Africa in which he or she may be employed, and to members of such foreigners’ immediate family providing that certain requirements have been met. Although the Act calls for investment of R5,0 million in a business to get both temporary and permanent business visa, you can get these visas with less capital investment - sometimes for as low asR400,000 ($45,000 USD) investment using our expert team at SA Migration Services. V.5376

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17. May. 2024 The Citizen

Hawks raid home affairs offices across SA amid corruption tip-off

The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) is investigating corruption between home affairs officals and foreign nationals The Hawks and Special Investigating Unit (SIU) raided several home affairs offices across the country on Friday as part of investigations into alleged maladministration and corruption. Minister Aaron Motsoaledi was part of an operation at an office in Pretoria and told eNCA that similar raids were taking place in other locations after information received by a whistleblower. “The corruption is done by officials here and foreign nationals who don’t deserve to be in South Africa but have lots of money to bribe,” he said. V.5363

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17. May. 2024 News24

SIU raids five home affairs refugee centres across SA

Home Affairs Refugee Centres are being raided by the Special Investigation Unit (SIU) and the Hawks. (Alex Mitchley/News24) • The Special Investigating Unit has raided home affairs refugee centres around the country. • Home affairs officials` cellphones have been seized. • SIU boss, advocate Andy Mothibi, and Minister of Home Affairs Aaron Motsoaledi were present at the Pretoria raid. The Special Investigating Unit (SIU) simultaneously raided all five of South Africa`s refugee centres on Friday morning as part of a corruption probe. It is understood that the unit is investigating corruption linked to the issuing of asylum and refugee papers to foreign nationals entering South Africa. V.5364

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