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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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Forced Migration – the tricky, dangerous path leading an asylum seeker to refugee status

Forced Migration – the tricky, dangerous path leading an asylum seeker to refugee status

Undisputed one of the global hot topics of the present day world; refugees, their impact on societies and how best to deal with them.

Which steps are to be taken by those seeking for a legal status after being forced to leave home?

Europe is faced with a so labelled ‘refugee crisis’, emergency meetings with the senior leaders of Western states have been regularly conducted over the past year to form action plans on dealing with the influx of asylum seekers. south-africa-temporary-refugee-status

Also one may argue that differing political opinions within the United Kingdom concerning the appropriate manner in which to deal with refugees has been an important factor leading towards Brexit. No need to further emphasize that dealing with people whom are seeking the protection of another state is an essential topic nowadays; all countries need to ensure that their refugee policy is carefully drafted.

Also in the African context the topic remains very high on the priority list. South Africa, being the most developed country in the Southern African region, attracts many refugees as well as ‘’gold seekers’’. Continue reading

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