Progress on reducing the impact of the immigration regulations – Home Affairs

Home Affairs is continuing to roll out measures aimed at mitigating the unintended consequences that the Immigration Act has had on South Africa, said Malusi Gigaba, South African Home Affairs Minister addressing the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Home Affairs this week. Highlighting progress already made in the past three months, Minister Gigaba said his department […]

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SA to roll out immigration regulation concessions

South Africa will start to implement concessions surrounding the immigration regulations which have had serious “unintended” consequences for the country’s tourism and travel sectors.Home Affairs Director General Mkuseli Apleni confirmed this week that the concessions would be rolled out over the next three months, including: South African passports will now include the names of both […]

Update on Immigration Regulation debate

The Department of Home Affairs hosted a two-day colloquium to develop a new immigration paradigm. However, while the process may lead to changes in South Africa’s immigration regulations, this is not a certainty and any changes are still far off. Meanwhile, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, also met with child advocacy groups to discuss the […]

Immigration Reg Debate Rages on …

The face of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has become an all too familiar face of late as the furore around the immigration and visa regulations really begins to hot up. This time, the Department of Home Affairs, which normally takes two months to hand over tourism and migration statistics to Statistics SA (which in turn takes […]

Probe as visa law row hots up

The debacle over SA’s new stringent visa regulations has taken a turn, with Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom telling MPs on Wednesday that a survey would be used to assess the scale of the devastation to the tourism industry.  

Reaction to Immigration Regulations

ASATA refutes Cabinet’s assertion that immigration regs have had ‘unintended consequences’ ASATA has issued a joint press statement with the Southern African Tourism Services Association (SATSA) following the announcement yesterday that Cabinet would establish an inter-ministerial team to examine the ‘unintended consequences’ of the immigration regulations. Global travel agent associations slam SA’s new visa […]

In the news… the UBC debacle

Home Affairs fails to enforce damaging regs TNW has established that immigration officials are selectively enforcing the new regulations governing movement of minors across SA borders. Are SA’s visa rules too much? The International Air Transport Association (Iata) notes with concern South Africa’s new immigration measures that were supposed to come into effect on […]