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10. Jun. 2024 City Press

SA`s population is getting older: `New report offers government blueprint for future planning`




Expert says the new report gives government an opportunity to plan ahead to meet the country’s needs.

The South African population has grown by 1.1% in the past year to about 63.1 million. Of this number, 51.6 million are black Africans, followed by coloured people and the white population projected at about 5 175 608 and 4 607 554, respectively. People of Indian and Asian origin are estimated to be at 1.7 million.
The population projections by province, district municipality, local municipality, main-place and sub-place are contained in this year’s report by the Bureau of Market Research (BMR). The report has not only affirmed Gauteng as the most populous province but also that there are more women than men in South Africa.
According to the report released this week, Gauteng is expected to have the largest population of about 15.3 million people, representing about 24.3% of the national population, by the end of this month. The Northern Cape has the smallest population, with about 1.37 million people, which is 2.2% of the country’s population.
The number of men is projected to be about 30.6 million people, with the women expected to be 32.4 million. The population projections guide the allocation of resources more effectively by identifying areas with higher population concentration.
According to Joshua Kembo, a senior researcher at BMR, the report means government must ensure that healthcare, education, infrastructure development and social services are targeted where they are most needed.
He said:
In essence, local governments should use these projections to plan and implement targeted interventions to optimise the resource allocation as well as develop strategies to access the demographic trends
Kembo gave an example of KwaZulu-Natal, which has a population of 12.6 million, saying it would need substantial investment to cater for the people’s needs. KwaZulu-Natal accounts for 20% of the national population.
The report notes that the ageing population has increased slightly, while the youth segment has decreased slightly in the past year. Kembo says this means government should develop strategies to address this demographic trend.
“The 65 to 69 age group has grown from 2.58% of the total population in 2022 to 2.64% this year, with an increased female representation from 2.90% to 2.97%. This trend continues into the 80+ category, which remains stable at 1.1% of the total population but shows a notable female majority at 1.5%, surpassing the male percentage of 0.7%,” states the report.
According to Kembo, this will affect the provision of healthcare and social services:
The South African population is gravitating towards ageing as there is a substantial increase in the proportion of the population reaching 65 and above. This will affect healthcare and social services [provision]. Government should make sure there are adequate resources to cater for this segment of the population, as most of them will be relying on state support as they will be out of employment
With the report also showing a slight decrease in the youth population of those aged zero to 14, Kembo says this represents not only challenges but opportunities for government to create employment for this age cohort.
According to the latest Stats SA report, the official unemployment rate stood at 32.9% in the first quarter of this year, with youth unemployment at 45.5%.
“The sustained yet declining youthful base suggests that, while the immediate workforce replenishment is secure, the gradual ageing will necessitate strategic workforce planning, with a focus on youth skill development to offset the impending retirements of the older working-age population.
“They will need employment after their school years and it means [national] government and local government should ensure [there are] employment opportunities by getting them the right skills for them to be employable.”
While some might see this as a challenge, particularly with the latest unemployment rate among the youth, Kembo believes it creates opportunities to ensure there is always an adequate supply of labour.
He said:
This is a great opportunity that should be taken advantage of by giving the youth education, skills and opportunities as well
But he did raise concerns about the kind of education the youth are getting.
He added:
Are they getting the skills that are required by the industry so they can be employed [later]? Why is this a critical question that we are asking? It is because the unemployment [rate] is substantial. “A number of youth remain unemployed and we know that among them are also those who have attended tertiary [education institutions]. We must have fit-for-purpose training and we must align this training with demand
“Are they getting the skills that are required by the industry so they can be employed [later]? Why is this a critical question that we are asking? It is because the unemployment [rate] is substantial.
“A number of youth remain unemployed and we know that among them are also those who have attended tertiary [education institutions]. We must have fit-for-purpose training and we must align this training with demand.”
The ageing population is a natural phenomenon, says Kembo, as the health infrastructure develops and the eradication of communicable diseases that cause life expectancy to decline.



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12. Jul. 2024 News24

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11. Jul. 2024 The Star

Calls for home affairs minister to reverse visa extension continue to grow

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11. Jul. 2024 Pretoria News

Home Affairs told to unblock man’s ID after three years

A Man who was more than three years ago suddenly stripped of his South African citizenship by Home Affairs, and who had in the meantime lost his job as a result, turned to the court for a final interdict to force the department to unblock his ID document. The applicant, only identified as FS, told the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, of the hardships he has encountered after home affairs simply took away his citizenship in April 2021, based on unverified claims that he is actually a Zimbabwe national. He said his life has been a nightmare since, as he cannot travel, he is now unemployed and he cannot even receive a social grant. V.5474

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11. Jul. 2024 Pretoria News

Home Affairs told to unblock man’s ID after three years

A Man who was more than three years ago suddenly stripped of his South African citizenship by Home Affairs, and who had in the meantime lost his job as a result, turned to the court for a final interdict to force the department to unblock his ID document. The applicant, only identified as FS, told the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria, of the hardships he has encountered after home affairs simply took away his citizenship in April 2021, based on unverified claims that he is actually a Zimbabwe national. He said his life has been a nightmare since, as he cannot travel, he is now unemployed and he cannot even receive a social grant. V.5475

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11. Jul. 2024 New Zimbabwe

Clarity on Zimbabwe exemption permits deadline in South Africa; new Home Affairs minister gets flake for ‘soft’ stance

THE National Employers’ Association of South Africa (NEASA) on Thursday provided clarity for all affected parties on the relevant deadlines and periods of validity of the the Zimbabwean exemption permits (ZEP) dispensation. There are more than a million Zimbabweans living in South Africa, according to South Africa’s census data. It said for the current holders of the original ZEPs, the deadline has been extended and was valid until November 29, 2024. V.5476

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11. Jul. 2024 EWN (EYEWITNESS NEWS )

Home Affairs reports over 300,000 cases of fraudulent visas and permits

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10. Jul. 2024 News24

Cape Town, OR Tambo airports ranked in world`s top 10 - beating Japan, US

Cape Town International Airport has been ranked second-best worldwide, according to a new survey from passenger claims company Airhelp. The survey, which takes into account customers` opinions on an airport`s on-time performance, customer service delivery, and food and shops, ranked 239 airports from 69 countries. V.5469

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10. Jul. 2024 Business Day

South Africans no longer allowed into Ireland without a visa

SA and Botswana nationals are required to obtain a visa before travelling to Ireland, effective from Wednesday. A transit visa will also be required if intending to transit through Ireland en route to another destination. V.5470

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10. Jul. 2024 IOL

ActionSA’s Herman Mashaba urges Home Affairs unit to combat illegal immigration

ActionSA leader Herman Mashaba has advocated for the newly sworn-in Minister of Home Affairs, Leon Schreiber to establish a special unit within his department to handle illegal immigrant issues. Last week, Schreiber extended the temporary concession for foreigners waiting for visa, waiver and appeal outcomes. According to Schreiber, the extension seeks to protect applicants, especially those contributing scarce skills in South Africa from facing negative outcomes of being mistakenly labelled undesirable while they wait for their application outcomes from the department. V.5471

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09. Jul. 2024 SA People

Cape Town confirmed as top filming destination

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09. Jul. 2024 SUNDAY WORLD

New Home Affairs minister’s foreign scarce skills retention plan

Newly appointed Home Affairs minister has unveiled plans to retain scarce skills. Just a day after being sworn in, the new Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Leon Schreiber, has extended the temporary concession for foreign nationals who are currently awaiting the outcome of visa, waiver and appeal applications. The extension safeguards applicants, including those who are contributing to South Africa through their scarce skills, from suffering adverse consequences or being erroneously declared undesirable while they await the outcome of applications submitted to the department. V.5467

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08. Jul. 2024 The Guardian

International students left feeling like ‘cash cows’ after Albanese government raises visa fees

Surprise increase makes Australian visa application fee among most expensive in the world, as new survey finds rising costs putting prospective students off International students say the Australian government is making them feel like “cash cows” and sending a clear message they are unwelcome after home affairs more than doubled the price of visa applications overnight. The non-refundable visa fee rose from $710 to $1,600 without prior warning on Monday, making it one of the most expensive in the world and well in excess of competitors New Zealand (A$343), Canada (A$164), the UK (A$932) and the US (A$277). V.5461

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08. Jul. 2024 Business Tech

Foreigners are flocking to retire in South Africa - here’s why and where they’re coming from

Thousands of foreign nationals have chosen South Africa as their retirement destination, with many of them leaving some notable first-world countries such as the United Kingdom, China, Germany, and the United States of America. In a parliamentary Q&A last year, the former Minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, was asked to provide the total number of retirement visa applications received and approved, as well as the countries from which these applicants came. In his response, Motsoaledi revealed that over the past two years, South Africa had received approximately 3,645 retirement visa applications from foreigners residing in 112 countries. V.5462

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08. Jul. 2024 The Citizen

‘It’s not clear-cut’: New Home Affairs minister explains his approach to ZEPs

Schreiber says SA must differentiate between ZEP holders who have contributed their skills to the country and those who have undermined the system. Newly appointed Home Affairs Minister Leon Schreiber says he needs time to review the processes and “missteps” in how the Zimbabwean Exemption Permits (ZEPs) were handled. This comes after the Constitutional Court (ConCourt) ruled that former Home Affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi unlawfully terminated the ZEP. The ZEP has allowed Zimbabweans to live, work and study in South Africa since 2009. This has been part of the Dispensation of Zimbabweans Project. V.5463

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08. Jul. 2024 N Business

VFS Global CEO interview: the man seeking to simplify the visa process

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05. Jul. 2024 TIMESOFINDIA

Change in visa rules in Australia - how will it impact Indians

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05. Jul. 2024 Savemytaxes

700,000 IDs Are Still Blocked by Home Affairs in South Africa: Are You One of Them? Check Here

700,000 IDs Are Still Blocked by Home Affairs in South Africa: Are You One of Them? Check Here: In a landmark ruling that could potentially alter the lives of hundreds of thousands, the Gauteng High Court in Pretoria has declared the Department of Home Affairs’ (DHA) practice of blocking South African IDs as unconstitutional. 700,000 IDs Are Still Blocked by Home Affair This judgment comes as a significant relief to many who have found themselves in a state of bureaucratic limbo, unable to access essential V.5457

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12. Jul. 2024 Radio567

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