May 17 2017 – AMENDMENTS have been made to SA immigration legislation to compel investors who establish businesses in the country to make sure that 60% or more of their employees are South African and that skills are transferred to citizens.
In her budget speech made in parliament today, Home Affairs minister Hlengiwe Mkhize added that there is an urgent need to amend the country’s immigration and refugees acts
“This policy development process should result into a comprehensive overhaul of immigration and refugees legislation,”says Mkhize.
“For the first time our country will have an immigration policy that is focused on development and on Africa; and that enables risks to be managed proactively. Much work was also done to ease travel for investors and businesses to promote economic development in our country and the region,” she says.
Already in 2015, the department announced a 10-year multiple entry visa for SA’s BRICS partners, and in 2016, a 10-year multiple entry visa was granted for business and academics from the African continent.
“It is in this way that we may pursue the goals of the African Union Agenda 2063 regarding the envisaged promotion of free trade, movement of people, goods and services in the continent. Similarly, all AU Member States are working on immigration regimes which will not compromise the security of other states,” says Mkhize.
Mkhize who did not mention anything about ZSP in her speech, says her department is working on upgrading Beitbridge border post, a s well a s Lebombo, Oshoek, Maseru Bridge, Ficksburg and Kopfontein.
“We are working with National Treasury a transaction advisor was appointed to develop a Public-Private Partnership solution, and this has been achieved,” she says her department is working on establishing a Border Management Authority, to efficiently manage the country’s Ports of Entry and the border line. – ZimsInSA.com reporter