8th Biennial IBA Global Immigration Conference

Relocation Africa will be attending the 8th Biennial IBA Global Immigration Conference from 16-17 November 2017 in London, UK.

The conference will be presented by the IBA Immigration and Nationality Law Committee and topics will include:

– The new age of global immigration and mobility: challenges and opportunities
– Global mobility report
– Skilled workers and compliance
– Global battle for the entrepreneur and investor
– Dual citizenship – renunciation and expatriation
– Economic and political risk migration in Africa and Middle East – the effect of the rest of the world
– Between cooperation and competition: the place of immigration lawyering in a global mobility world
– South Asia, Asia Pacific, Central and South America
– What future for EU and Schengen border controls
– US immigration and visa policy in the Trump era – what has changed and what has not?
– Navigating the storms: ethical dilemmas in immigration law

For more information about the conference, visit: https://www.ibanet.org/Conferences/conf786.aspx

Relocation Africa Director Andrew Stegmann will be in attendance. To arrange a meeting, email marketing@relocationafrica.com, or call +27 21 763 4240.

SARA Conference 2017

Relocation Africa has returned from a successful SARA Conference 2017. We exhibited over two days – 2 and 3 November 2017 – at the Wanderers Club in Illovo, Johannesburg.

The annual conference, hosted by the South African Rewards Association, kicked off with an AGM, followed by two days of insightful talks from members the industry, and ended with a prize giving ceremony.

Relocation Africa valued the opportunity to exhibit at a stand, meeting with delegates from some of South Africa’s most successful companies, to determine how best we could help them.

To arrange a meeting with Relocation Africa Director Rene Stegmann, email marketing@relocationafrica.com, or call +27 21 763 4240.

Corporate Housing: How Relocation Africa Can Help You

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Corporate Housing

Searching for corporate housing?

Whether you’re a business traveler or you represent an international company, we can help you find a new temporary home in South Africa, Ghana, and Kenya. We cater to our clients’ wishes and needs with a wide range of accommodation options. Simply tell us what you require and our professional team will find you the perfect apartment in no time.

What to expect from our corporate housing?

We offer serviced apartments that are fully furnished. Think about a fully equipped kitchen, weekly cleaning, high-speed Internet and other convenient facilities. We constantly look for the best ways to meet the needs of modern business travelers, and make our guests feel at home. In short, you will have the amenities and usual perks of a hotel, combined with the many benefits, such as more space and privacy, of having your own apartment.

For more information on our Corporate Housing solution, please contact Ursula@relocationafrica.com

Nigerian Consulate in SA: Visa Issuing Delays

Please note that the Nigerian Consulate in South Africa has run out of visa labels/stickers. Therefore, visas can only be issued earliest from next week Monday or Tuesday (23/24 October 2017).

Why Heritage Day is so important to us as South Africans: 24th September

Heritage Day is a South African public holiday, honouring the culture and diversity of beliefs and traditions of all South Africans.

Celebrated each year on the 24th of September, the day serves as a reminder that the nation belongs to all its people.
In the KwaZulu-Natal province, the 24th of September was formerly known as Shaka Day, in commemoration of the legendary Zulu king. When the proposed Public Holidays Bill, before the New South African Parliament, omitted Shaka Day, Inkatha Freedom Party (IFP), a South African political party with a large Zulu membership, objected to the bill. A compromise was reached when it was decided that a day would be created where all South Africans could observe and celebrate their diverse cultural heritage.

In an address marking Heritage Day in 1996, former President Nelson Mandela stated: “When our first democratically-elected government decided to make Heritage Day one of our national days, we did so because we knew that our rich and varied cultural heritage has a profound power to help build our new nation”.
South Africa is an extremely diverse nation, comprising many vastly different cultural groups, and has eleven official languages (one of the highest ranking countries in the world for this). It certainly isn’t known as the Rainbow Nation for nothing. Despite the many differences amongst its citizens, South Africa has a strong sense of unity around longstanding traditions.

Throughout the country, Heritage Day is often celebrated by braaing (barbecuing), to the extent that a media campaign in 2005 sought to rebrand the holiday as National Braai Day, in recognition of the strong South African tradition. At the end of 2007, the name was changed to Braai4Heritage, and the initiative received the endorsement of South Africa’s National Heritage Council (NHC).

The image for this article shows traditional Xhosa dress. The Xhosa’s are a proud people and their cultural heritage is close to their hearts. Traditionally, the women’s clothing and ornaments show the stages of their lives. A certain headdress is worn by a newly married girl; a different style by one who has given birth to her first child, and so on. Women’s clothing include dresses in bright colours like orange, green, red and white with braiding and beads over a skirt. The headdress is a colourful braided turban.

The Xhosa people are known for their beautiful beadwork and it forms an important part of women’s traditional clothing. They wear long necklaces of beads, with collars of multi-coloured beads around the neck, as well as beaded arm and ankle bracelets. Other beaded items include ithumbu (the elaborate bead necklace worn by Xhosa women when they perform a traditional dance or iqakabod), iqoqo (a decorative, tasselled and beaded band worn around the lower back), the vulwakabini (a beaded top worn over the upper body and breasts) and isidlokolo (an animal skin hat decorated with large beads and used by healers in traditional dance or when working with patients).

Heritage Day provides a great opportunity for South Africans to put politics and differences of opinions aside, and come together to celebrate the country’s history together.

We, at Relocation Africa, wish all South Africans a very happy Heritage Day.