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Airport immigration capacity receives a R25 million boost

Airport immigration capacity receives a R25 million boost

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.

38kvypi1gti-andrey-larinThe 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

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Additional staff for the festive season at the O.R Tambo International Airport

Additional staff for the festive season at the O.R Tambo International Airport

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.

oiithc8wf68-matthew-smithIn a media briefing on 8 December, The Department of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba announced several plans put in place by the government.

Announced plans:

These plans primarily deal with the large capacity of travelers entering the country over the festive season of 2016/2017. Continue reading

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Conventional ID books still being issued by Home Affairs

Conventional ID books still being issued by Home Affairs

Last year the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) issued more than 680 000 smart ID cards to South African citizens 16 years of age and above, Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba told Parliament.

How many smart ID books were issued?

“During the fourth quarter of the 2015-2016 financial year‚ the DHA issued 683 550 smart ID cards to persons 16 years of age and above.

ID Book Permanent ResidenceThere were 69 903 first-issue identity documents issued within 54 working days and 51 468 re-issued IDs within 47 working days‚” said Minister Gigaba. Continue reading

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Home Affairs Contact Centre still a nightmare for immigrants wishing to reside in South Africa

The Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, launched the Home Affairs Contact Centre on 18 October 2016 to replace the Call Centre while offering a multi-platform channel to provide clients with various options to interface with the Department.

SA_flaggeChpapesch1These platforms include email and SMS services to better respond to queries in universally acceptable standards.

This may sound like a more competent and hassle free solution to the communication problems that have been faced by most applicants. However, upon closer inspection there has been no real change for immigrants wishing to reside in South Africa. Continue reading

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