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22-08-2017 07:08:58 (GMT +02:00) Pretoria / Cape Town, South Africa

Family wins visa battle
03. Feb. 3016 Daily News
  Immigrant pupils fear expulsion
14. Jul. 2017 The Witness

Cape Town - The South African husband of a Zimbabwean woman facing the prospect of being separated from her family indefinitely says a high court judgment in their favour handed down on Friday shows that the justice system works. V.3616
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Immigrant pupils in the city fear expulsion after they were asked to submit either a South African identity document, a valid passport or study permit to their schools. V.4047
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Angolan former refugees exempted
14. Jul. 2017 Times Live
  Angolan former refugees exempted
14. Jul. 2017 Times Live

Government brought brief relief to Angolan former refugees when it granted a blanket exemption to those who qualified but would not provide reasons why it was limited to a period of four years. V.4048
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Government brought brief relief to Angolan former refugees when it granted a blanket exemption to those who qualified but would not provide reasons why it was limited to a period of four years. V.4049
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How home affairs plans to collect and use your personal data
07. Jul. 2017 Business Tech
  Home Affairs closed this weekend as wage dispute continues
07. Jul. 2017 Traveler 24

One of the key proposals of the document is a complete restructuring of Home Affairs, taking steps towards becoming completely self-sustainable. V.4042
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Cape Town - If you were planning to collect your passport, smart-card ID or visa documents on Saturday, best you make alternative plans. V.4044
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Constitutional Court protects rights of detained immigrants
30. Jun. 2017 The Citizen
  Constitutional Court protects rights of detained immigrants
30. Jun. 2017 The Citizen

This despite the fact that it will now become very expensive to process the arrests of undocumented migrants. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has welcomed a unanimous Constitutional Court ruling upholding the rights of all detainees " also alleged illegal immigrants " to access our courts. V.4040
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This despite the fact that it will now become very expensive to process the arrests of undocumented migrants. Lawyers for Human Rights (LHR) has welcomed a unanimous Constitutional Court ruling upholding the rights of all detainees " also alleged illegal immigrants " to access our courts. V.4041
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Industry reacts to Rwandan permit increase
27. Jun. 2017 Tourism Update
  Home Affairs faces 50 new lawsuits every week
27. Jun. 2017 IOL

Rwandas permit hikes may be in response to the surge in high-end tourism development. The recent doubling of Rwandas gorilla permits from 0 to rdaddphp 500 has resulted in concerns from some operators over the potential impact of the increase. V.4038
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Johannesburg - The Home Affairs Department is being slapped with about 50 cases of litigation on a weekly basis, deputy director-general for institutional planning and support Thulani Mavuso said. V.4039
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Home Affairs wants to start collecting and selling your personal data " and charging for it
26. Jun. 2017 Business Tech
  5 ways Cape Town and Western Cape plan to maintain investor confidence
25. Jun. 2017 Fin 24

On 30 June, the ANC’s National Executive Committee will meet to review ANC policy and makes recommendations on amendments or new policies to the National Conference. V.4043
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Cape Town After engaging with stakeholders the Western Cape investment agency Wesgro has set out five ways in which investor confidence can be maintained in Cape Town and the Western Cape after SA recent credit ratings downgrades by ratings agencies. V.4037
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ALERT: Home Affairs services hard-hit due to insufficient staff
24. Jun. 2017 
  Over 90% of Home Affairs offices closed on Saturday
24. Jun. 2017 Timeslive

Cape Town - The Department of Home Affairs confirms that over 90% of DHA offices are closed on Saturday due to insufficient staff numbers which Home Affairs says is not inline with the recent settlement agreement with the Unions. V.4033
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Over 90% of the Department of Home Affairs offices were not operating on Saturday despite a settlement agreement reached with trade unions just over a week ago the department confirmed. V.4036
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South Africas asylum seeker figures questioned
20. Jun. 2017 TimesLIVE
  Home affairs to brief parliament on Guptas’ naturalisation
20. Jun. 2017 Citizen

South Africa has been singled out for the skewed figures representing the latest global asylum-seeker population according to the UN Human Rights Council. V.4027
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The department maintains the application to grant the controversial family citizenship was lawful. V.4029
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Uprooted Zimbabweans may soon be forced to leave SA
20. Jun. 2017 Times Live
  South Africa’s borders may become even more unwelcoming to asylum seekers
20. Jun. 2017 The Daily Vox

Zimbabweans who came to South Africa after the economic collapse of 2008 are facing the threat of having to uproot themselves once more as their visas expire. V.4031
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Asylum seekers may face greater difficulties entering South Africa once Parliament enacts legislation to create a new agency that will have full control of the country’s borders and ports, and once the department of home affairs opens new processing centres for asylum seekers. V.4032
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SA promises to improve processing of refugees on World Refugee Day
20. Jun. 2017 Times Live
  MPs call for Gigaba testimony after home affairs minister DG fail to appear
20. Jun. 2017 Mail & Guardian

South Africa has offered hope for refugees and asylum seekers promising to digitise its systems to make their lives easier. Home affairs deputy minister Fatima Chohan said the department would soon be introducing biometric smart cards for refugees similar to the new identity cards for South African citizens. V.4034
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On Tuesday a parliamentary portfolio committee was set to grill Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize and director general Mkuseli Apleni over alleged malpractice in the naturalisation of Atul Gupta and his family. However Mkhize and Apleni failed to appear citing a schedule conflict. V.4035
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Refugees struggle to renew papers at Home Affairs
19. Jun. 2017 Groundup
  Whose democracy is it anyway? Home Affairs’ chilling move on your money, and your freedom
18. Jun. 2017 Daily Maverick

Cape Town - A number of refugees from Somalia say they keep getting turned away at the Customs House foreshore offices of Home Affairs when trying to renew their documents. V.4046
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Within 10 years Home Affairs wants to be at the centre of South Africas security and economic development. To fulfill its vision the departments recently published discussion document proposes raising own funds by requiring institutions from public schools and hospitals universities " but also banks conveyance attorneys and airlines " to verify a persons identity against a fee with Home Affairs’ biometric database before accessing services. The document also proposes raising funds through identity verification provided to the commercial sector. This move into the heart of governments security cluster may just turn into a nightmare. By MARIANNE MERTEN. V.4025
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Home Affairs makes U-turn on disciplinary action against workers
17. Jun. 2017 ECN
  Home Affairs Dept ordered to appear in Parly over Guptas SA citizenship
17. Jun. 2017 ENCA

Home Affairs agreed to enter negotiation with unions after the Bargaining Councils conciliation hearing on Thursday. without paying them overtime. V.4020
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JOHANNESBURG - Parliaments portfolio committee on home affairs has ordered the Home Affairs Department to appear before it and provide details around the naturalisation of the Gupta family. V.4021
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SA and UNHCR to mark World Refugees Day with tolerance exercises
16. Jun. 2017 News Ghana
  New Home Affairs says Gigaba granted Gupta’s citizenship lawfully
15. Jun. 2017 Destiny Reporter

The Department of Home Affairs and United Nations Commission on Human Rights (UNHCR) have announced that they will jointly commemorate World Refugee Day in eThekwini Municipality to promote social cohesion, tolerance and peaceful co-existence among refugees, asylum-seekers and host communities. V.4019
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Former Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba did nothing wrong in granting the Gupta family South African citizenship, his successor Hlengiwe Mkhize said on Wednesday “I have looked at all the documentation and I thought [that] if I was in a similar position I would have considered the request in a favourable manner,” Mkhize said, adding that there was therefore no reason to investigate the matter further. V.4023
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Gigaba hammers media for helping to peddle ‘lies’ about him
15. Jun. 2017 The Citizen
  #GuptaLeaks: Delhi Daredevils staff member contacted Guptas for SA visa assistance
12. Jun. 2017 Daily Maverick and News24

The minister alleges a paid campaign started being waged against him since he became finance minister. “We must try, to the best of our abilities, to avoid being information peddlers,” Gigaba told journalists at the end of a media briefing in Pretoria on Thursday after speaking about the state of the economy. V.4024
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Leaked emails show that a visa application for somebody connected to the Delhi Daredevils cricket team was expedited when the side made it to the semi-finals of the Champions League T20 tournament in South Africa in 2012. But only after he had contacted Ajay Gupta directly Much has been written about Malusi Gigabas time as home affairs minister. Particularly how a senior Gupta employee Ashu Chawla repeatedly asked officials to fast-track visas to benefit Gupta businesses. Now further leaks show that these officials were pulling favours even before he took up the post. V.4017
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Gigaba pushed through Guptas SA citizenship - EFF
12. Jun. 2017 News 24
  Pupils register for school with health passports
09. Jun. 2017 The Namibian

Cape Town - The EFF says it has received reliable information that whilst Malusi Gigaba was minister of home affairs he unduly granted the Gupta family South African citizenship. V.4018
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EDUCATION permanent secretary Sanet Steenkamp yesterday said some schools were registering children who only had baptism certificates or health passports to ensure that they are not left out. It is government policy that children must have a birth certificate to register for school but in certain circumstances exceptions have been made. V.4016
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