Gigaba to announce ORTIA relief measures

Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba, is expected to make an announcement tomorrow (Thursday, December 8) regarding measures to ensure operational efficiency at immigration counters at OR Tambo International Airport.

The Minister’s intention was advised at a Department of Home Affairs stakeholder meeting today (Wednesday, December 7), called to discuss changes to Immigration Regulations to be implemented next year.

While not revealing the details of the Minister’s announcement, Mkuseli Apleni, Director General of the Department of Home Affairs, suggested that the changes would allow immigration at the airport to operate at full capacity for a limited period of time.  Apleni confirmed that the department had written to Treasury and Acsa highlighting the shortage of resources experienced by DHA.

The biometric capturing system will also be rolled out at six of South Africa’s busiest land ports of entry in future.