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Media Statement & Transcript: Minister Gigaba’s address to the departments weekly media briefing on the new Visa Facilitation Centres, Pretoria, 5 June 2014

Published: 05 June 2014

Issued by Department of Home Affairs, 909 Arcadia Street, Pretoria
Let me take this opportunity once more to welcome you to our weekly media briefing which will focus mainly on the opening of visa facilitation centres inside the country as per our announcement last week.

However, may I first restate that we remain on course in implementing the new Immigration Regulations of 2014. I have signed the necessary notices to accompany the regulations. The last notices to be determined are the list of undesirable businesses, businesses in the national interests and investment amount in the issuance of a business visa. These processes will be finalized upon conclusion of consultations with the Minister of Trade and Industry. We remain resolute that the new immigration regulations are in line with our objective of managing immigration efficiently and effectively while protecting the integrity of our borders and the sovereignty of our country.

We need to reiterate that these new immigration regulations ought to be located within our mandate and the position of the Department within the broader government structure. It is equally important for us to explain, foremost, that the Department of Home Affairs is a security department that delivers services to the citizenry. Continue reading

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