South Africa seems to have abounded the global standards of carrying a passport. And internationally it is not regarded as safe. Whereas other countries constantly improve the security features of its passports, SA seems to have given up completely.
The entire drama started in July 2009, when suddenly the United Kingdom required South Africans to apply for visas, mostly as a result of terrorism fears. Most importantly, that terrorists could obtain passports which allow them to travel into Europe.
And there are 2 elements to it, the passport itself as well as the control over its production system. Apparently many blank passports simply disappeared at the government printers.
Things have since improved, but not yet to the extend that South Africans can travel without having to apply for a visa in order to enter the UK and Europe. Effectively a visa is another (upfront) passport verification process.
The Department of Home Affairs recently published significant changes in immigration law under the headline:
“Application for study visas for students studying at private institutions of learning in the process of being registered with the relevant Department of Education”.
EFFECTS FOR THEIR STUDENTS
From now on, also some language schools are registered with the Department of Education, which means that their students are eligible for a general South African study visa.
Private Institutions which have so far not been registered with the relevant Department of Higher Education (DHET), were not covered under the above definition of Learning Institutes.
This has now changed:
After consultation with the Director-General of Department of Higher Education (DHET), the Minster of Home Affairs, Mr. Malusi Gigaba has approved the granting of study visas to a category of students registered at certain institutions which are currently undergoing a registration process with the DHET. Continue reading
The Immigration Act 13 of 2002 is responsible for regulating foreign employment in the Republic of South Africa.
This act lays out the rules and regulations for admission of foreigners into South Africa, their residence in South Africa and their departure from South Africa as well as the ability for foreigners to work within the Republic.
The Immigration Regulations were improved in May 2014 which brought many changes in relation to work visas.
The employment of foreigners is also regulated by The Employment Services Act 4 of 2014 of which came into effect in August 2015 and was introduced to promote employment while simultaneously decreasing the unemployment rates within the Republic.
The Employment Services Act aims to support the employment of foreigners which is consistent with the provisions set out in the Immigration Act.
The Labour Court has jurisdiction to preside over any issues relating to the employment of foreigners and also implements to sanctions for non-compliance as set out in the Immigration Act. Continue reading
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.