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.
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.
The 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
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.
There 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