ZIMS in South Africa are set to get a lifeline to continue with working, studying or running their businesses in that country following negotiations between Harare and Tshwane that will see an indefinite extension of the expiry of permits legalising their stay south of the Limpopo River.
SA authorities have been seeking to regularise the stay of qualifying Zimbabwean migrants through special dispensation permits.
The permits, which were issued to about 200 000 in 2013, became effective in 2014 and were to last through to 2017 but these needed Zimbabweans to first return home so that they apply for an extension..
But reports by the Sunday Mail say Zims in SA will no longer need to go back to Zim to have their permits processed as the two countries are finalising the modalities to extend the permit renewal deadline.
Zim Home Affairs Minister Ignatius Chombo last week met his S A counterpart, Malusi Gigaba, in Pretoria to discuss the documentation of Zims living in SA.
Among some of the issues that were discussed included setting up a mobile civil registration for Zims working on SA mines and farms.
Chombo and Gigaba also agreed to set up a bilateral committee to come up with recommendations on how best to register Zims based in SA.
“The two ministers agreed to have a working committee of officers from the two countries that will come up with recommendations for considerations by the ministers when we meet sometime in July,” says Chombo. Sunday Mail – Editing Patience Rusere