SA government extends Zimbabwean exemption permit by 12 months
The government has extended the Zimbabwean exemption permit (ZEP) granted to Zimbabwean nationals to the end of this year.
Zimbabweans have until December 31 to obtain other visas to legally remain in SA.“We are very pleased that South Africans can once again travel to Mauritius,” said Arvind Bundhun, director of the Mauritius Tourism Promotion Authority (MTPA).07 January 2022 - 07:18 By Thando Maeko Hain has written to Boris Johnson, urging the UK authorities to freeze state contracts with Bain following the release of the Zondo report on state capture.The solution is simple; the government must accept the fact that it had and still has no clue about the importance of strong immigration laws and visa requirements.
Stock image.Image: 123RF / Natanael Alfredo Nemanita Ginting The government has extended the Zimbabwean exemption permit ( ZEP) granted to Zimbabwean nationals to the end of this year.” The ban has had dire consequences for the travel and tourism industries of both Mauritius and SA — the latter typically sending about 120,000 travellers to the island each year, reported The Sunday Times.This is despite home affairs minister recently denying that the government would extend the grace period for Zimbabweans working in the country to migrate to other visas before the December 31 2021 deadline.Bain was also the subject of a damning finding from another inquiry in 2018, chaired by retired judge Robert Nugent , which said the consultancy had failed to be forthcoming about its role in the destruction of the SA Revenue Service (Sars).On Thursday the cabinet said it had decided to grant the grace period.The Association of Southern African Travel Agents (Asata) has been lobbying the Mauritian government to lift the ban.“During this period the holders of this permit should apply for other permits appropriate to their particular status or situation..
This decision was motivated by our desire to ensure eligible Zimbabweans can regularise their stay in SA.The vaccination of 15 to 18-year-olds is also under way.This is after the inquiry found that the firm played a central role, along with former president Jacob Zuma and former Sars commissioner Tom Moyane, in the decline of the tax collection agency, rendering the institution dysfunctional.We appeal to the holders of this permit to use the 12 months to regularise their status in SA.” Motsoaledi signed off the extension two days before the deadline on December 29.“Visitors can book holidays to Mauritius with a high degree of confidence that their trips will be enjoyable, safe and secure.It was published in a government notice on Friday.According to the report, the work of capturing Sars by Bain, Moyane and Zuma began in 2013 when the firm entered into a business development and stakeholder management contract with events business Ambrobrite.It will essentially allow Zimbabweans a further 12 months (until December 31 2022) to obtain other visas to legally remain in SA.
Nearly 180,000 Zimbabweans hold the permit, first issued in 2009, which saw them excluded from requirements of the immigration and refugee acts.Motsoaledi previously said the ZEP was put in place to deal with a large influx of Zimbabweans who came to SA in the democratic dispensation.Bain’s use of an events management company for this purpose, however, was bizarre, according to former Bain employee and whistle-blower Athol Williams.The hope was that once the political situation under then president Robert Mugabe improved, many would return home.TimesLIVE.
What? We really are governed by people who has zero interest for its citizens SA government:Did you vaccinate all 180000 plus Zimbabweans you want to bring in our country On what basis? We're creating a problem coming December. They will force us to let them stay and not go back home. We're setting a bad precedent
Please no more extensions. Improve the system for skills development & education for SAns; stop pitiful grant schemes. Make SAns more employable & create an environment conducive to small company growth to employ SAns. Stop illegal employment of foreigners doing jobs SAns can do How Fake news Stupid headline to raise tensions...Sowetan this is wrong
What the fuck😁😲? When is this really go to end? Legally speaking, extensions create legitimate expectations and therefore weakens Motsoaledi’s case… No ways✋🏽 Why?
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