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24. May. 2024 Tech Republic

Generative AI Defined: How it Works, Benefits and Dangers

Table of Contents - What is generative AI in simple terms -How does generative AI work -Examples of generative AI -Types of generative AI models -What is ChatGPT -What is Google Gemini -Benefits of generative AI -Use cases of generative AI -Dangers and limitations of generative AI -What is the difference between generative AI and general AI -What is the difference between generative AI and machine learning -What is the difference between generative AI and regenerative AI -How big a role will generative AI play in the future of business? What is generative AI in simple terms Generative AI is a type of artificial intelligence technology that broadly describes machine learning systems capable of generating text, images, code or other types of content, often in response to a prompt entered by a user. V.5389

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24. May. 2024 SA Migration

Business Startup as a foreigner South Africa

Starting a business as a foreigner in South Africa can be an arduous task without enlisting professional help. There are a number of ‘hoops’ that must be circumvented and the process can be time consuming and a distraction from the all important task of establishing your business. At SA Migration Immigration we have assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs with their ambition to create a business in South Africa and are able to boast of an unrivalled track record of success, all based on what we believe to be the most comprehensive service available. Below we detail the important aspects of starting a business as a foreigner in South Africa but if you prefer to talk to a human being to discuss your needs, feel free to call us on any our contact numbers V.5392

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24. May. 2024 SA Migration

South Africa Work Visa Types

Introduction A South Africa work visa is an official permit that enables individuals from foreign countries to work and reside legally in South Africa for a specified period. The different South Africa work visa types grant holders the right to engage in employment within the country. With various categories tailored to specific eligibility criteria and requirements, South Africa employment visas offer opportunities for individuals to contribute their skills and expertise to the vibrant South African workforce. Whether it is for pursuing a career and experiencing the rich cultural heritage, obtaining a South Africa employment visa opens doors to exciting possibilities in this diverse and dynamic nation. V.5395

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24. May. 2024 SA Migration

How to apply for a permanent residence permit in South Africa in 2024:

South Africa is a beautiful country with many lively cultures, an affordable cost of living, and many opportunities to harness. So, if you are considering settling in South Africa for the long term in 2024, understanding the process of securing a permanent residence permit is crucial. The permanent residence process might be rigorous and tedious, but getting that permit as a foreigner comes with many attractive benefits. Whether you want to invest in the country, work, study, or marry, this permit makes it easy. V.5396

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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

South Africa is rolling out the welcome mat for Indian tourists with a focus on simplifying the visa application process with an e-visa and potentially offering a 90-day visa waiver. This exciting news comes as the country aims to attract more visitors from India, a rapidly growing travel market. E-Visas for Streamlined Applications Indian tourists can soon expect a smoother visa application experience. The South African government, led by Minister of Tourism Patricia de Lille, announced plans to introduce an E-Visa system specifically for Indian travellers. This online system will eliminate the need to visit an embassy or consulate, saving time and hassle. Visa Waiver Proposal V.5379

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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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17. May. 2024 SA Migration

Registration Requirements For Artisans in South Africa

Applying for critical skills work visa in South Africa as an artisan has been a challenge for the longest time. In 2014 when the current amendments to the Immigration Act were gazetted several gaps were identified in the Act which included the absence of a SAQA accredited professional body to register artisans. ECSA was not an option due to their minimum NQF criteria of 5 which was a notch above the rating being given by SAQA for artisans. There was a time letters issued by the National Artisan Moderation Body, (NAMB), were sufficient and then they were not. There was a time when registration with the South African Institute of Draughting was good enough and then it wasn’t. V.5365

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17. May. 2024 SA Migration

What you need to know about fake work permits in South Africa

You might have obtained your work permit recently and second-guessing whether your visa is valid or not, this is a tricky situation to be in. There are many people out there who pretend to be immigration consultants or immigration lawyers only to scam you and issue you with a fake visa. The worst is being arrested or being detained in South Africa for something that you are not responsible and the Department of Home Affairs is coming down hard on these individuals. Many who don’t qualify for the critical skills are always looking at applying for the general work visa for South Africa and thus one of the most popular options to forge it because of how difficult it is to obtain it. While this could be true many temporary residence permits are forged throughout South Africa. V.5366

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17. May. 2024 SA Migration

How can I get legal permission to work in South Africa?

Legal permission to work in South Africa is accessed by getting a visa. In you case it can be a relatives visa, spousal visa or life partner visa The whole question How I, a Zimbabwean man, can get a visa to be able to stay in South Africa and care for my seven-month-old child and her mother, when my critical skills visa expires in March and I cannot renew it as the skills list was changed this year. The long answer There are three possible visas: • Relatives visa; • Spousal visa; • Life partner visa. V.5367

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17. May. 2024 SA Migration

The Complete Guide to the Financially independent Visa

What is Permanent Residence? • What is Permanent Residence? • Can you buy permanent residency in South Africa? • What is Independent financial permit in South Africa? o But what does it mean to be financially independent? o There are many benefits with this visa when obtaining permanent residency such as: • How much do I need to invest in South Africa to get permanent residence? o What are examples of assets that could be counted as net-worth assets? • Can I add my family to the visa? o What do I need to add them to the visa? • What are the government fees for the visa? • • What happens if I dont qualify for the visa? V.5368

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17. May. 2024 SA Migration

Business Startup as a foreigner South Africa

Starting a business as a foreigner in South Africa can be an arduous task without enlisting professional help. There are a number of ‘hoops’ that must be circumvented and the process can be time consuming and a distraction from the all important task of establishing your business. At SA Migration Immigration we have assisted hundreds of entrepreneurs with their ambition to create a business in South Africa and are able to boast of an unrivalled track record of success, all based on what we believe to be the most comprehensive service available. Below we detail the important aspects of starting a business as a foreigner in South Africa but if you prefer to talk to a human being to discuss your needs, feel free to call us on any our contact numbers V.5369

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16. May. 2024 Gauteng News

Simplified Smart ID Online Application: Your Guide to eHomeAffairs

Table of Contents 1.What is eHomeAffairs? 2.Step-by-Step Guide to Using eHomeAffairs for Your Smart ID Online Application 3.What Do I Need to Start My Smart ID Online Application? 4.Bank Branches Offering Smart IDs 5.Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs) The South African Department of Home Affairs has introduced the eHomeAffairs portal, which is a significant advancement in streamlining the Smart ID online application process. This detailed guide delves into the user-friendly features of the platform, making Smart ID and passport applications convenient and accessible at just a click of a button. V.5358

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16. May. 2024 The South African

Dear Home Affairs: You’re impeding the Tshitukas’ Springbok selection!

Bureaucratic procedures and a whole lot of red tape are the only things standing between Vincent and Emmanuel Tshituka and potential call-ups to the Springboks squad this year. To the average local sports fan, the Tshituka’s are just a set of brothers casually dominating rugby games for the Lions and Sharks, respectively. But there’s way more to their story and in order for them to reach their potential on the rugby field, the South African government in general, and the Department of Home Affairs in particular, need to come to the party. V.5359

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16. May. 2024 Daily Investor

Foreign companies leaving South Africa - and government is to blame

Foreign companies are leaving South Africa due to a hostile business environment, and the government’s response to recent departures discourages future investment. This is according to Business Leadership South Africa CEO Busi Mavuso, who explained in her most recent newsletter that the more attractive a country is, the more often you can expect investment to be made than withdrawn. “You can expect that foreign investors will come and go from South Africa, depending on many things, including global strategies and our links to the rest of the world,” she said. “But while decisions are inevitably going to happen both ways, the more attractive our country is, the more often you can expect investment to be made than withdrawn.” V.5360

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16. May. 2024 euronews.travel

Laptop squatters - Cafes in Europe are fed up with space-hogging digital nomads

Some cafes have banned laptops completely while others charge an hourly rate for the privilege of using them. One of the perks of being a digital nomad is swapping a dreary office for a rotation of trendy cafes in destinations around the world. But in some places in Spain, remote workers and their laptops are becoming undesirable customers. Bars and cafes in Valencia, Santiago and Barcelona are cracking down on digital nomads who overstay their welcome. V.5362

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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. V.5355

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24. May. 2024 Tech Republic

Generative AI Defined: How it Works, Benefits and Dangers

Table of Contents - What is generative AI in simple terms -How does generative AI work -Examples of generative AI -Types of generative AI models -What is ChatGPT -What is Google Gemini -Benefits of generative AI -Use cases of generative AI -Dangers and limitations of generative AI -What is the difference between generative AI and general AI -What is the difference between generative AI and machine learning -What is the difference between generative AI and regenerative AI -How big a role will generative AI play in the future of business? What is generative AI in simple terms Generative AI is a type of artificial intelligence technology that broadly describes machine learning systems capable of generating text, images, code or other types of content, often in response to a prompt entered by a user. V.5389

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