Changes to make it easier for tourists, business people and academia to come to South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa announced a package last week to stimulate the slow South African economy. The current restrictive visa regulations came into focus and Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced the following on 25 September 2018:
Engagement with Minister of Home Affairs – Malusi Gigaba Tuesday 28 March 2017 The German Chamber of Commerce organised a dinner event for its members last night where the Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba addressed the audience.
Families denied boarding and entry to SA during holidays According to the online newsportal Toursim Update, a total of 623 travellers were denied boarding during the holiday season between 9 December 2016 and 14 January 2017 by various airlines, while 1 222 minors were refused arrival at the country's ports of entry, including airports and land borders. This is according to figures revealed by the Department of Home Affairs last week.
SOUTH AFRICA: Home Affairs issues blanket waiver to International students as a result of current student protests
On 31 October 2016, Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, issued Directive No 25 of 2016 to foreign students, granting them an automatic extension on their study visas, as a result of the current student protests happening in South Africa.
In an effort to position South Africa as the preferred country for African Investment a recently issued directive by the Department of Home Affairs is aimed to extend the period of long term visitor visas to academics and business travellers on African passports. Minister Malusi Gigaba picture source: http://www.bdlive.co.za Previously frequent business and academics from African countries would need to apply for visitor visas in their respective home countries before being allowed to enter South Africa. Immigration Directive 4 of 2016 issued by Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba has now made travelling frequently easier for African passport holders. […]
In August 2014 the Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba announced the introduction of the new Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permit (ZSP). This replaced the old Dispensation of Zimbabwean Project (DZP) which closed on 31 December 2014. This project makes it possible for Zimbabweans to obtain a work, business or study permit for South Africa under certain conditions and therefore to finally stay legally in the country. This permit is valid for three years then. For obtaining the ZSP the applicants must already hold, have been rejected or at least applied for a DZP. They will need to complete the application online and hand in an affidavit from the employer as well as the original valid passport, copies of previous visa and permits and a clean police record. This application has to be made at the local VFS office and a fee of R870 is payable. Minister Malusi Gigaba picture source: http://www.bdlive.co.za Recently Minister Gigaba stated that so far 197,790 permits have been approved while 160 are still under review and only 25 applications had to be rejected either because the applicants did not have a previous DZP permit or because of a negative police clearance. Therefore the ZSP is on its final steps now as nearly all of the applications have been processed yet. […]