Zimbabwean Special Permit – ZSP

THE NEW ZSP

On 12 August 2014, the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Gigaba, MP, introduced the new Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permit (“ZSP”).

DZP

The old Dispensation of Zimbabweans Project (“DZP”) will officially close on 31 December 2014. The expiry date of all “DZP” permits which expire before 31 December 2014 is delayed until 31 December 2014. The expiry date of “DZP” permits which expire after 31 December 2014 is being brought forward to 31 December 2014.

“DZP” permit-holders who wish to remain in South Africa after the expiry of their permits can reapply for the “ZSP”.

Contact Tracy du Plessis on tracy@relocationafrica.co.za or 021 7634240

SOUTH AFRICA – Extensions of Intra Company Transfer Work Visas Issued Prior to May 2014 Now Possible

The South African Department of Home Affairs has issued a directive (dated 27 October 2014) advising that a second Intra Company Transfer Work Visa, with validity of up to four years, may be issued to a foreign national who has already held an Intra Company Transfer Work Permit.

This is welcome news and clears up some inconsistencies.
How Are Renewals Applied For?

The second intra company transfer work visa application must be made in the country of citizenship or ordinary residence of the applicant; it cannot be submitted from within South Africa.

Who Is Affected?

It is important to note that the directive applies to those applicants who previously held intra company transfer work permits under Section 19(5) of the 2002 Immigration Act – i.e. permits issued before implementation of the new Immigration Regulations (see Peregrine’s alert on the subjecthere).

New intra company transfer work visas issued under the new regulations will be issued for a maximum validity period of four years and cannot be renewed.

Action Items

Review current intra company transfer permit and visa holders and plan for possible renewals, taking travel requirements into account: those with permits granted prior to the implementation of new regulations in May 2014 will be able to apply for new four year intra company transfer work visas, by returning to their country of residence to make the application.

CHAD (Country risk rating: High) – RED24

11 November; Violent protests reported in N’Djamena, Moundou and Sarh
Thousands of demonstrators participated in disruptive protests in Chad’s capital, N’Djamena, and the cities of Moundou and Sarh on 11 November. The unrest reportedly commenced in Sarh, where residents took to the streets in protest to a recent fuel hike and the ongoing non-payment of teachers’ salaries. At least two people were wounded when security forces reportedly opened fire on the demonstrators attempting to march on the town hall. Anti-government protests soon spread to the urban centres of N’Djamena and Moundou but were similarly suppressed by security personnel. Although there were no immediate reports of casualties at these events, at least one petrol station was allegedly vandalised by protesters in Moundou. The unrest is indicative of how violent and disruptive gatherings can spontaneously occur, and similarly be suppressed, in Chad. Increases in fuel prices, in addition to ongoing strike action in various public sectors, carry the potential to incite further protests and demonstrations in the short-term. Clients in Chad, particularly those based in the aforementioned urban centres, should monitor local media sources and avoid all related protests and gatherings. Please note that due to various security concerns, all non-essential travel to Chad is advised against. This advisory, however, excludes N’Djamena, where the security environment is assessed as being more stable.

FROM THE HORSE’S MOUTH *

Facts you did not know about South Africa (officially the Republic of South Africa and located at the southern tip of Africa)

This Special Edition on South Africa with contributions by the Ops Team in Cape Town – Thank You All!

1. How are birthdays celebrated?

Birthdays are quite a big thing in South Africa and even if you don’t want to celebrate yours you will probably be forced to by your friends. We celebrate with gifts and cake with friends and family at home or out at a restaurant.

2. When you first meet someone, how do you greet them?

Men and women generally shake hands. Friends hug and kiss.

3. What languages are spoken in your country?

South Africa has 11 official languages: English, Zulu, Afrikaans, Xhosa, Swati, Tswana, Southern Sotho, Northern Sotho, Tsonga, Venda, and Ndebele

The most common language spoken as a first language by South Africans is Zulu (23 percent), followed by Xhosa (16 percent), and Afrikaans (14 percent). English is the fourth (9.6%), but is understood in most urban areas and is the dominant language in government and the media.

On a lighter note:

South African English has a flavour all its own, borrowing freely from Afrikaans, which is similar to Dutch and Flemish, as well as from the country’s many African languages. Some words come from colonial-era Malay and Portuguese immigrants.

Here are some examples:

bakgat: [buck-ghut] Well done, cool, awesome.

bakkie: [buck-ee] A pick-up truck.

born-frees: South Africans who were born into a democratic South Africa – that is, after 1994.

braai: [br-eye] An outdoor barbecue, where meat such as steak, chicken and boerewors are cooked, served with pap and bredie.

bru: [brew] A term of affection, shortened from Afrikaans broer, meaning “brother”. An example would be, “Hey, my bru, howzit?”

chill bru: Relax, my mate. Take it easy.

eish: [aysh] Used to express surprise, wonder, frustration or outrage: “Eish! That cut was eina!”

gogo: [goh-goh] Grandmother or elderly woman, from isiZulu.

gogga, goggo: [gho-gha or gho-gho] Insect, bug. From the Khoikhoi xo-xon.

howzit: A traditional South African greeting that translates roughly as “How are you?”, “How are things?”, or simply “Hello”.

Jozi: [jo-zee] The city of Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, which is also known as Joburg or Joeys or Egoli (the city of gold).

just now: If a South African tells you they will do something “just now”, they mean they’ll do it in the near future – not immediately, as in, “I’ll do the dishes just now.”

now-now: Shortly, in a bit, as in, “I’ll be there now-now.”

lekker: [lekk-irr with a rolling r] Nice, good, great, cool or tasty.

sharp or sharp-sharp: Good, fine, okay, great

shebeen: A township tavern, illegal under the apartheid regime, often set up in a private house and frequented by black South Africans. The word is originally Gaelic.

takkies: Running shoes or sneakers. “Fat takkies” are extra- wide tyres.

tsotsi: A gangster, hoodlum or thug – and the title of South Africa’s first Oscar-winning movie.

voetsek: [foot-sak] Go away, buzz off.

4. Do you use a twelve hour clock, or a twenty-four hour clock?

We tend to use both completely arbitrarily

5. What side of the road do people drive on? What do we need to know about driving in South Africa?

We drive on the left-hand side of the road. Road infrastructure is mostly good and drivers tend to generally stick to the rules but first-time visitors beware – our taxi-minibuses have a mind of their own and their own set of rules which basically means that they do exactly as they please.

Note that the South African English for traffic lights is Robots (do not ask why – we have no idea!)

6. How important is punctuality?

Don’t be late! In fact, try to arrive to an appointment five minutes early. South Africans are punctual and being late is considered rude (though this may not always ring true with the Capetonians, who have their own ideas on time-keeping).

7. What types of music are popular? Who are some of your most popular musicians?

Miriam Makeba, Johnny Clegg, Freshlyground, The Parlotones, Just Jinjer, Eden and Goldfish to name but a few…

Listen to Miriam Makeba singing ‘Pata Pata’ –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kCc61z9IFu4

and Freshlyground with ‘Doo Be Doo’ –

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kLuSyqMlm_U

and Bright Blue with Weeping

 

8. Are there any Traditional Dances?

Yes there are many – some examples are:

The Zulu Reed Dance – watching thousands of young girls attired in traditional Zulu dress sing, dance and celebrate their culture is a powerful and moving experience.

Volkspele – a South African folk dance tradition. The dress originated from the formal dress the pioneers or Voortrekkers wore.

And watch this video below to see some traditional Setswana and Gumboot Dancing: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Np4Ti27g0NQ

9. What traditional Festivals are celebrated in your community?

Due to our cultural diversity and different regional areas we have many food, art, craft, music and cultural festivals taking place all over South Africa every year. One of the oldest and most colourful is the Kaapse Klopse (also known as Tweede Nuwejaar – Second New Year) traditionally celebrated in Cape Town on the second of January. Watch this to get a little taste of it: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=nBnsVgqkjxA

1o. What are your seasons like?

South Africa is famous for its sunshine. It’s a relatively dry country, with an average annual rainfall of about 464mm (compared to a world average of about 860mm). While the Western Cape gets most of its rainfall in winter, the rest of the country is generally a summer-rainfall region. In summer temperatures can reach as high as 45° C in some places and in winter as low as -13° C.

11. Tell us an interesting fact about your President?

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma, GCB (born 12 April 1942) is the President of South Africa, elected by parliament following his party’s victory in the 2009 general election. He was reelected in the 2014 election. His father was a policeman who died when Zuma was young, and his mother was a domestic worker. He received no formal schooling. Mr Zuma has been married six times and has four current wives and an estimated 20 children.

12. What are South Africa’s major industries?

Among the key sectors that contribute to the gross domestic product and keep the economic engine running are manufacturing, retail, financial services, communications, mining, agriculture and tourism.

13. How do people spend their free time?

Socialising around the ‘braai’ , watching or playing rugby, soccer or cricket, going to the beach, eating out, enjoying sports of all kinds.

Our national teams are the Springboks (rugby), Bafana-Bafana (soccer) and the Proteas (cricket).

South Africans are sports fanatics (regardless of whether actually participating or just spectating) and we also host many international sporting events such as The Comrades and Two Oceans Marathons and the Cape Town Cycle Tour (formerly known as the ‘Cape Argus’.

14. What do people drink?

Beer, wine and brandy and coke (very popular with all locals)

Traditional beer was brewed from local grains, especially sorghum. Beer was traditionally so prized that it became central to many ceremonies, like betrothals and weddings, in which one family ceremoniously offered beer to the other family.

Umqombothi, from the Xhosa language, is a traditional beer made in the Transkei, from maize (corn), maize malt, sorghum malt, yeast and water.

Mageu is a traditional South African non-alcoholic drink, popular among many of the Nguni people, made from fermented mealie pap. Home production is still widely practiced, but the drink is also available at many supermarkets.

Rooibos Tea: [roy-borss] Afrikaans for red bush, this popular South African tea made from the Cyclopia genistoides bush is gaining worldwide popularity for its health benefits.

Amarula is a cream liqueur from South Africa. It is made with sugar, cream and the fruit of the African marula tree which is also locally called the Elephant tree or the Marriage Tree

15. What is a popular local dish?

There are too many to name only one – here are some of our traditional foods:

Bobotie: {buh-boor-tee] A dish of Malay origin, made with minced meat and spices, and topped with an egg sauce.

Boerewors: [boor-uh-vors] Literally, “farmer’s sausage”. A savoury sausage developed by the Boers – today’s Afrikaners – some 200 years ago, boerewors is South African food at its most traditional.

Biltong: [bill-tong] This South African favourite is dried and salted meat, similar to beef jerky, although it can be made from ostrich, kudu or any other red meat.

Bunny chow: Delicious and cheap food on the go, bunny chow is curry served in a hollowed-out half-loaf of bread, generally sold in greasy-spoon cafés.

Droëwors: [droo-uh-vors] Dried boerewors, similar to biltong.

Koeksister: [kook-sister] A traditional Malay and now also Afrikaner sweet, made from twisted yeast dough, deep fried and dipped in syrup. The word comes from the Dutch koek (“cake”) and sissen, meaning “to sizzle”.

Malva Pudding: is a sweet pudding of Cape Dutch origin. It contains apricot jam and has a spongy caramelized texture. A cream sauce is often poured over it while it is hot, and it is usually served hot with custard and/or ice-cream.

Melktert: which means “milk tart” in Afrikaans, is a South African dessert consisting of a sweet pastry crust containing a creamy filling made from milk, flour, sugar and eggs.

Pap: [pup] The staple food of South Africa, a porridge made from mealie meal (maize meal) cooked with water and salt to a fairly stiff consistency, stywepap being the stiffest.

Samoosa: [suh-moo-suh] A small, spicy, triangular-shaped pie deep-fried in oil. Originally made by the Indian and Malay communities, samoosas – known as samosas in Britain – are popular with all South Africans.

Vetkoek: [fet-cook] “Fat cake” in Afrikaans, vetkoek is a doughnut-sized bread roll made from deep-fried yeast dough. Mainly served with a savoury mince filling, it is artery-clogging and delicious.

16. What do you pay for?  

(1 USD = approx. ZAR 11.30)

In a restaurant…     A cup of coffee – R20.00, a Coca Cola – R15.00, a 2-Course meal for 2 people – nothing extravagant – R300.00

At a shop…   A loaf of bread – R11.00

17. General Safety?

Unfortunately, due to the extreme divides between poverty and wealth and rising unemployment figures, crime is very much a fact of life in South Africa and one has to be vigilant and aware at all times and take safety precautions wherever possible.

18. And in conclusion…

Famous (and sometimes infamous…) South Africans include:

Nelson Mandela

Archbishop Desmond Tutu

Charlize Theron (Actress)

Mark Shuttleworth (Internet Billionaire & Space Tourist)

Oscar Pistorius (Fallen Paralympic Athlete)

Evita Bezuidenhout aka Pieter Dirk Uys (probably the most famous white woman in South Africa)

** Meaning: From the highest authority. From the source.

Origin: In horse racing circles tips on which horse is a likely winner circulate amongst punters. The most trusted authorities are considered to be those in closest touch with the recent form of the horse, that is, stable lads, trainers etc. The notional ‘from the horse’s mouth’ is supposed to indicate one step better than even that inner circle, that is, the horse itself

Visa requirements decimating BRICS tourism – James Vos 04 November 2014

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DA MP says reports suggest that new tourist arrivals from China and India are down by 80 – 90% since 1 October

Visa requirements decimating BRICS tourism
03 November 2014
The new visa regulations implemented on 1 October are already having devastating implications for tourist arrivals in South Africa. Tourist arrivals from fellow BRICS countries in particular have been hit extremely hard. Reports suggest that new tourist arrivals from China and India are down by 80 – 90% since 1 October.
A number of South African tour operators have indicated, on the record, that they have experienced significant reductions in tourist arrivals:
Private Safaris and SA Magic Tours – both indicating that agents in China had stopped promoting travel to South Africa from 1 October onwards.
Africa Star Travel – stated that last year during this time they were working on many bookings for November, December, January and up until August for the year ahead. This year they have literally nothing for the New Year.
Quantum Travels – stated that the Indian business has been decimated with many agents in India diverting tourists to other destinations with friendlier visa policies. It added that SA has a very negative image around visas because of the “disastrous handling” of the issue by the Department of Home Affairs.
It is becoming clear that the new regulations are discouraging tourists from coming to South Africa. In China, there are only 3 locations to get a South African visa. In India, there are only 2 locations to find a visa. These are huge countries, where it will be impossible for millions of people to get South African visas in person.
The decrease in tourist arrivals will inevitably have enormous consequences for the tourism sector in South Africa. There is a real risk that we could lose jobs if these regulations are not changed.
These private sector companies must come to the Portfolio Committee on Tourism to present their experiences to the committee, so that we can help the ANC MPs who have supported the implementation of the visas to see the economic impact of these regulations. I will therefore write to the portfolio committee chairperson, Ms Beatrice Ngcobo asking her to invite these private vendors to the committee.
The regulations need to be reviewed to accommodate all role-players. These include tourism operators, airlines, migration specialists and foreign affairs, who should be involved in the review by the Home Affairs department to find practical solutions.
South Africa needs to be open for business with the world to create the jobs our people need.
Statement issued by James Vos MP, DA Shadow Minister of Tourism, November 4 2014