The proposal, developed by the Department of Home Affairs, to extend the Zimbabwean Dispensation Permit was finally accepted by Cabinet on 6 August 2014. This implicates that the DZP, the Dispensation for Zimbabwe Project, will close on 31 December 2014. It will be replaced by the new Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permit (ZSP).
This implies that the expiry date of those DZP permits that expire before that date is delayed until 31 December 2014. The DZP permits which expire after 31 December 2014, now expire on 31 December 2014.
Applicants, who want to apply for a ZSP permit, need to have a valid Zimbabwean passport, a clear criminal record plus evidence of an employment permit, business or accredited study. The ZSP permit will be valid until 31 December 2017.
The application period will start on 1 October 2014 and end on 31 December 2014. Applications will be managed by Visa Facilitation Services and adjudicated by the Department of Home Affairs. An administrative fee, which is not yet announced, will apply.
Zimbabweans, who want to stay in South Africa after the expiry of the ZSP permit, have to return to their home country to apply for a mainstream visa or permit according to the Immigration Act. These applications will be considered within 12 months of the expiry of the ZSP permits, so from January 2017.