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ANC prepares for a political future without Julius Malema

Julius Malema’s combative leadership of its youth league divided the ruling party on issues of policy and succession and prompted disciplinary action that led to him and his allies being suspended at the weekend. The national disciplinary committee of appeal said that they have a chance to go and mitigate, so until such mitigation has taken place, the sanctions will not kick in. Nevertheless Malema’s rivals in the league are already punting league treasurer Pule Mabe to succeed him.

The reversal in fortunes for Mr Malema, once viewed by President Jacob Zuma as a future ANC leader but who campaigned against a second ANC term for Mr Zuma, also largely clears the way for Mr Zuma to be re-elected ANC president in Mangaung in December. Mr Zuma appears to have emerged much strengthened from the ordeal, and analysts say potential rivals would hesitate to go up against him now.

Political analyst Eusebius McKaiser said yesterday the ANC and Mr Zuma had emerged looking “incredibly strong”. “Nothing short of a very dramatic factor will be enough to make people think about voting for an alternative candidate to Mr Zuma,” Mr McKaiser said. Political analyst Mari Harris of research group Ipsos Markinor agreed, saying: “Julius Malema overestimated his support, both in the country and in the party.”

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Spousal and Relative’s permits

1. Spousal and Life partner permits:

Being the spouse of a South African citizen, you are able to apply for a life-partner or spousal permit.

Whether you are a life-partner or married to a SA citizen, you are classified as a spouse. The foreign spouse can also be authorized, by the department of home affairs to add work, study or his/her own business to this permit. This type of permit is normally issued for 3 years in terms of Section 11 (6). If you are not married to the SA citizen, you must prove co-habitation and the sharing of financial responsibilities. For temporary residence, it is at the Departments’ discretion to interview both the foreign national and South African citizen. It is not expected for a spouse of the SA citizen to pay a repatriation fee. Continue reading

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Home Affairs to clear permit backlog

A backlog of approximately 46 076 permit applications are expected to be finalized following the relocation of Home Affairs Head Office in Pretoria. This include work as well as business permits. According to Home Affairs spokesperson, Ms Manusha Pillai, the moving was completed at the end of December 2011. It is also said that no effort is being spared to complete the adjudication (finalization) of these outstanding permit applications with the view of clearing backlog as soon as possible.

The department of Home Affairs receives approximately 10 000 permit applications per month and it is likely that it will clear the backlog in four (4) months. The department is also planning to build its’ own Head Office, which would accommodate up to 2000 employees. Currently they are leasing the new premises in the Pretoria City Centre.  Continue reading

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Merry Christmas everyone

We would like to wish all a Merry Christmas and a very happy new year. Remember to drive safely. See you all back in 2012. Happy holidays!!!

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