Trends From IBA’s 2017 Global Immigration Conference

Relocation Africa recently attended IBA’s Global Immigration Conference 2017 in London, U.K. From the numerous talks, two main trends emerged.

Firstly, corporates are choosing regional immigration and mobility suppliers instead of global ones. This is due to regional suppliers having a much better focus on and knowledge of their own regions, and thus being able to provide a better quality of service to their clients. The infographic below describes the many benefits of using a regional supplier, such as Relocation Africa.

Secondly, corporate procurement divisions are working more and more with HR teams in order to ensure that the services they procure are truly meeting the specific needs of the business. This trend involves a move away from procuring suppliers based purely on price, and towards procurement based on considering quality of service.

Some suppliers make use of pricing models whereby a low price is quoted, without adding exclusions, for additional services which will be needed. Procurement divisions that are not aware of this may choose a supplier with a lower initial quote over a supplier that is more upfront, and provides a comprehensive quote for the entire service offering.

It is important for procurement to consider the above in order to ensure that the best possible supplier is sourced, based on reputation, and the exact business needs at the time.

Relocation Africa is focused on Africa, and has decades of experience throughout the continent. We also have an upfront approach with our clients, and consider each business’s unique and changing needs.

For an overview of the services we provide, view our digital brochure here.

For more information about how we can help your company with Mobility, Immigration, Research, and Remuneration services, email, or call us on +21 763 4240.

The Department of Home Affairs Visa Application Center Holiday Season Closing Dates 2017

VFS will be closed on certain days during the Holiday Season.

2017/2018 Holiday Season closures

  • VFS final day of submissions for 2017: 20 December
  • Only collections will remain open: 21, 22, 27, 28, 29 December
  • Collection timings: 08h00 to 14h00
  • Christmas and Boxing Day (25 and 26 December): Closed
  • New Year’s Day (1 January 2018): Closed
  • VFS Closed: 2 January 2018
  • VFS to reopen for submissions: 3 January 2018

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For information on how Relocation Africa can assist you with your Immigration needs, contact Tracy via:, or on +27 21 763 4240.

Relocation Africa is a Proud Member of The British Chamber of Business in South Africa

The British Chamber of Business in South Africa is a British Chambers of Commerce accredited Chamber, part of the Overseas Business Networks initiative, a key program of the British government that intends to stimulate and strengthen international business networks and UK exports.

The Chamber’s main objective is promoting trade and commercial relations between the South Africa and the United Kingdom. The Chamber collaborates with other business groupings, and fosters strong ties with the British Chambers of Commerce and regional counterparts.

Membership is drawn from a broad spectrum of British, SA, and international businesses with a common interest in developing business in either region.

Benefits of membership include regular Chamber events, as well as other networking events including receptions and product launches. Benefits also involve access to macro-economic reports, security reports, sector insights, seminars, newsletters, and advertising opportunities, as well as briefings by British High Commission, and SA parliamentary reports relevant to members.

Relocation Africa has been a proud member of the British Chamber for over two years, and the insights we gain by maintaining the membership assist us in ensuring that we are up-to-date with what is happening in our industry, and can best satisfy our clients’ needs.

For more information about the Chamber, visit, and for more information about membership benefits, click here.

To speak to us about your Mobility, Immigration, Research, and Remuneration needs, send an email to, or call us on +27 21 763 4240.

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:

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