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Finally, a home affairs minister who cares about immigration policy

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Aaron Motsoaledi seems on track to effect changes that will help SA attract skills and much-needed investment A new year brings many fresh opportunities. One may find, upon closer inspection, that these opportunities have an underlying theme — change. Change to an eating plan or lifestyle to have the desirable…

All South African business owners now have to complete a list of 24 questions – or face jail time

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The checklist, announced by CIPC in August last year, includes 24 questions relating to compliance with South Africa’s Companies Act. Companies must answer “yes”, “no”, or “not applicable”. Companies affected include private, non-profit, personal liability, public, and state-owned companies. The checklist does not apply to closed corporations. The Companies and…

3 Schengen visa changes that South Africans need to know about

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South Africans will be subject to several changes in terms of visa application procedures, rules and benefits, starting from February. Due to the implementation of the Updated Schengen Visa Code, adopted by the EU Council in June 2019, all representative missions of the Schengen Countries located abroad are obliged to…

Trump to halt immigration from Africa’s top tech hub, Nigeria

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The Trump administration announced Friday it would halt immigration from Nigeria — Africa’s most populous nation with the continent’s largest economy and leading tech sector. The restrictions would stop short of placing a full travel ban on the country of 200 million, but will suspend U.S. immigrant visas for Nigeria,…

African Union Wants to Extend AU Passport Across the Continent

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The passport was created to boost travel and economic growth across the continent; but will it work? After much anticipation, the African Union (AU) revealed plans for a pan-African passport at the AU Summit in Kigali, Rwanda July 18. The new passport plan was created in hopes of stimulating free travel…

Home Affairs plans to change migration laws

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Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, was speaking in Johannesburg at a public hearing on the Green Paper on International Migration. (SABC) The Department of Home Affairs is proposing to change migration laws to ensure that migrants and refugees coming into South Africa will benefit the country. Minister Malusi Gigaba says…

Home Affairs looking at refugees in a new light

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An asylum seeker queues to get his documents renewed outside a Department of Home Affairs reception centre in Cape Town. Our most frequent visitors are from neighbours in Africa; our migration policies still favour former colonial powers; thousands try for refugee status here but few get it; and business migrants…

Home Affairs looks to digital to stop corruption

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Home Affairs Director General Mkuseli Apleni says for as long as his department is using paper, corruption will not be curbed. Speaking on Morning Live, Apleni says the solution to corruption in the Department of Home Affairs is to modernise the system from paper to digital. On any given weekday…

Gigaba says Lesotho special permit applications won’t reopen

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Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has announced that the process of applying for the Lesotho Special Permit will not be reopened. The process is an amnesty for Lesotho nationals who live, work or study in the country illegally. Department of Home Affairs received about 120 000 applications for the permit…
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