2016 was record breaking regarding the numbers of international and domestic travellers in South Africa. The average growth of passenger numbers was 5.3 % in comparison to 2015.
The indicators in the recent past were obvious and well recognized by the Media, e.g.
The South African daily TOURISM UPDATE, which already reported a high number of foreign visitors in 2016.
To handle the rising numbers of passengers, an increased capacity plan for the festive period during Christmas and New Year was announced by the Department of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba in December 2016.
Conditions to be adhered to on a Temporary Residence
Business Visa (Section 15 of the Immigration Act of South Africa)
Foreigners on a temporary business visa must ensure that they are compliant with the condition of the Immigration Act.
In most cases where a new business set up occurs, undertakings for certain requirements are allowed.
In such cases the foreigner will have to comply with the prescribed allocated timeframe as per the Immigration Act to submit such conditions.
Within (12) twelve months of issuance for a temporary Business Visa, the holder of such visa must submit proof that 60% of the total staff compliment is employed in the operations of the business.
Such staff must be South African citizens or permanent resident holders in possession of a permanent employment contract in various positions. Continue reading
The online publisher The Southern African daily TOURISM UPDATE reports a high number of foreign visitors in 2016.
Hence, further employment was created for staff at the OR Tambo International Airport as a result thereof.
The South African Department of Home Affairs will increase for the 2017/2018 financial year the number of immigration officials employed at OR Tambo International Airport.
The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, told media at a briefing on Wednesday that:
The department had allocated R25 million (€1.7m) for the 2017/2018 financial year and should be able to appoint an additional 58 immigration officials as well as fully capacitate its management team. Continue reading
As Africa’s busiest airport, an increased capacity plan for the festive period has become a critical requirement.
In recent months, there have been many complaints about the biometrics capturing systems causing long queues and flight delays in South African airports.
In a media briefing on 8 December, The Department of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced several plans put in place by the government.
These plans primarily deal with the large capacity of travelers entering the country over the festive season of 2016/2017. Continue reading