The former minister of Public Enterprises, Mr. Malusi Nkanyezi Gigaba, will from 25 May 2014 on replace Ms Naledi Pandor as new minister of Home Affairs in South Africa.
Looking at his former engagement this decision is not a big surprise. Gigaba already kept the post as Deputy Minister of the Department of Home Affairs from 2004 to October 2010.
picture: Martin Rhodes
There he was responsible for the new visa system which allowed easier legal flow of migration between South Africa and Zimbabwe. With this and other positive innovations Gigaba won many sympathies and was even honoured from human rights organization PASSOP.
On 1 November 2010, he became the Minister of Public Enterprises of the Republic of South Africa. In 2011, Gigaba accused the ANCYL leadership as being “anarchists” when they called for the nationalisation of the country’s resources. Continue reading
The Department of Home Affairs received a qualified audit for the second year in a row, according to it’s 2012 / 2013 annual report. In 2011, the Department of Home Affairs received it’s first unqualified audit opinion in 16 years under the leadership of (then) Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma. The qualified audit is rather bad news for Minister Naledi Pandor, as her appointment as the new Minister of Home Affairs was received with much excitement and hope considering the great results she achieved with other departments previously.
The Auditor-General’s report stated that a lack of adequate oversight within the department formed part of the qualified audit opinion. The A-G’s report also included issues such as:
– R4,2 million in irregular expenditure;
– R301 million in unauthorised expenditure;
– 75% targets were not achieved; and
– R26 million in material losses and 7099 lost assets were written off.
The Department’s qualified audit were to be discussed by the Democratic Alliance in the Portfolio Committe meeting with Home Affairs on Friday, 11 October 2013. Continue reading
On Wednesday, 11 September 2013, the SA-German Chamber of Commerce & Industry and the French-SA Chamber of Commerce & Industry presented a luncheon in honour of the Minister of Home Affairs RSA, Mrs. Naledi Pandor.
Minister Pandor, with her witty humour, indulged us firstly on her recent experience at the airport in Frankfurt, where she was made to stand in a corner waiting for the supervisor of immigration control, because she did not have a visa. Even being the holder of a diplomatic passport and visa-exempt, Minister Pandor took it all in her stride and decided to make fun of this rather embarassing situation for the German authorities.
Immigration matters at Home Affairs:
Minister Pandor then delivered a general speech about Home Affairs’ internal procedures and current discussions pertaining to immigration, temporary as well as permanent residence. One further point were the Immigration Regulations of South Africa and the changes thereof.
The department is unfortunately still busy amending these, however, it is the Minister’s opinion that a new Immigration Act might also be needed despite one being published in 2011. This is yet to be confirmed by Home Affairs. In addition to this, a longer duration of the intra company transfer work permit is also under consideration as most expat assignments are 36 months. Continue reading
South African Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor has promised sweeping changes to SA´s immigration regime, this includes scarce skills and intra company transfer permits aimed at attracting skills and investment. Home Affairs has a key role in changing some aspects of the existing bureaucracy and the way visas and permits are issued. The plan is to also increase the issuing of permits efficiently.
At the moment the immigration system is too restrictive, too onerous and unfriendly for investors. Year by year South Africa suffers a loss of talented people. They are emigrating to other countries with easier ways to immigrate. It feels like the offices just fill out forms instead of asking questions to really help the applicant and clear the application progress.
Naledi Pandor admitted that it is the government’s responsibility to create jobs and to create new entrepreneurs as Home Affairs plays an important role in the economy. The current visa and permit situation doesn´t help. Emphasis was pointed at the scarce skills permit application and the number of rejections thereof. Despite the ongoing long and complicated permit situation, the thousands of undocumented economic migrants remain a concern as well. Continue reading