Silly Season in South Africa and at VFS It happens every year again in South Africa. From November on things change. Students are preparing for exams, regular school and university life is over and rush hour traffic becomes a bit less congested. Business people start entertaining their staff and business partners for their annual Christmas functions. Things start to wind down towards the end of the year, occasionally interrupted by visits of overseas business delegations, which still have some money in their travel budget to burn.