The PM Immigration Pty Ltd News page is used to circulate newsworthy items for individuals considering immigration to South Africa as well as individuals currently living in South Africa. These posts are aimed at keeping you informed about topics and issues related to immigration, immigration procedures, immigration applications, VISA updates and more as the information becomes available to us.

Visa regime overhaul will ‘attract tourists and scarce skills’

Changes to the visa rules governing children, scarce skills and turnaround times are part of the “complete overhaul” of the visa system that government envisages to support the tourism sector.

This was announced on Thursday by communications minister Nomvula Mokonyane during a post-cabinet media briefing. She said these were among a number of “inhibiting factors” that had been identified around the visa regime.

Tourism, which accounts for about a tenth of the economy and employs about 1.6-million people, is seen as providing a major impetus for growth and job creation and is likely to be one of the key focus areas of the economic stimulus package President Cyril Ramaphosa has said would be forthcoming.

The package is under construction by the government.

Mokonyane said the stimulus package would be presented “in a short period of time”.

She said the government was busy costing the measures to be implemented for this.

The minister said the visa regime was in the immediate control of the government and was being tackled by an interministerial committee.

The visa regime had to be a lot clearer in order to be an enabler for investment while not compromising the security of the country and vulnerable groups. She said stumbling blocks, such as the admission of people with scarce skills, had to be removed.

Previous measures to lift visa requirements for Russian and Brazilian tourists have resulted in a dramatic rise in travellers from those countries, while new requirements on Indian and Chinese visitors have had the opposite effect.

Moves to ease visa restrictions were already signalled in May by tourism minister Derek Hanekom, who said he was working with home affairs minister Malusi Gigaba on this.

Gigaba eased the contentious need for unabridged birth certificates in July, but only for travellers from foreign countries that list the names of parents in minors’ passports.

The department of home affairs has indicated that it aims to introduce e-visas this financial year and is devising systems to recognise international visas issued for Schengen countries and the US as sufficient for tourist entry into SA as well.

Gigaba also said earlier this year that the introduction of an e-visa functionality would allow visitors to SA to apply for visas online and receive an electronic visa within hours or days.

The overhaul of the visa regime with the finalisation of key mining legislation to support the mining sector and stabilisation of state-owned enterprises were among the measures that had to be taken to tackle the slowdown in economic growth, Mokonyane said.

The government had to accelerate efforts to unblock constraints to economic growth that had discouraged investment and employment creation.

“The upcoming job and investment summits, as well as the proposed government stimulus package, will provide details on reforms needed to drive growth,” Mokonyane said.



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Retiring In South Africa

We spend our whole lives preparing ourselves for retirement. That is why we have saved money throughout our lives to ensure that we can live comfortably during our golden years. This is why we make various investments so that we know we will have a place to stay, the right medical care, and of course, enough money so that we can cover all of our expenses without having to still go to work every day. Retirement is something many people look forward to as it is the time we get to enjoy family time and leisure time because, well, we have earned it. 



Location, Location, Location

When it comes to finding the perfect place to retire, it can be a challenge especially because not everyone wishes to retire in the suburbs or in the big city. Finding the perfect home can be a problem especially when we take in all of the different factors that each individual deems important. Some people would prefer the countryside, while others might prefer a small town. Then there are those that dream of the ocean on their doorstep. Location is a huge consideration. Thankfully South Africa has various climates, eco-systems and beautiful places to live so that everyone can find exactly what they are looking for.

The Benefits Of Retiring In South Africa

There are many reasons to retire in South Africa, and that makes it the perfect place to enjoy the fruits of your labour.

  • Warm and sunny weather.
  • Diverse cultures and communities, it is the Rainbow Nation, after all.
  • A wide range of local cuisine and flavours to always enjoy.
  • There are plenty of beach communities, so you can find exactly what you want.
  • The locals are very friendly people.
  • The quality of medical care is excellent, providing you have private medical cover.
  • It is affordable, especially in comparison to a global market.
  • There are so many places to travel to and explore.

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Everyone deserves a wonderful retirement where you can live every day in a comfortable place that they can call home. South Africa is the perfect place as you will be spoilt for choice. However, you will still need the right visa to ensure that your stay is stress-free and enjoyable. PM Immigrationis experts in helping you and your loved ones to be able to have a great South African stay. Visit their website to see how they can help you.

High Court rules children born in South Africa can be registered, regardless of their parents’ legal status


The Eastern Cape High Court in Grahamstown recently gave a decision in Naki v Director General Home Affairs that ensures the births of all children born in South Africa can be registered, regardless of the legal status of their parents.
Menzile Lawrence Naki, a South African, married Dimitrila Marie Ndovya while he was posted in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as a peacekeeper. They were married in the DRC according to his wife’s traditions and customs. The marriage was never registered and no marriage certificate was issued, since in the DRC customary marriages are not registered. As such the marriage is not recognised in terms of South African law.
The couple had two children in DRC. At the end of his tour, Naki returned to South Africa and his wife followed him a short while later on a three month visitor’s visa.
When Ndovya’s visa expired she was heavily pregnant and she was unable to travel back to the DRC. She was also not able to apply for a new visa.
She subsequently gave birth in Grahamstown. The couple then applied to have the birth of their daughter registered but the application was refused on numerous occasions. This led to Naki and Ndovya to make an application to the court to provide assistance in having the birth of their child registered.
The court proceedings
In the court proceedings, the Centre for Child Law was granted leave to join the proceedings as the third respondent.
The main issues that the court had to deal with were whether or not the Births and Deaths Registration Act (BDRA) and its regulations allow the father of a child to register a child’s birth when the mother of the child is an immigrant whose presence in South Africa is not in accordance with law, or where the mother is absent.
The court made reference to the Constitutional Court’s direction that when dealing with matters of statutory interpretation, judicial officers should favour an interpretation that would render the provision constitutionally compliant. To this end, the High Court found that section 9 and 10 of the BDRA were constitutionally valid as they did not stipulate which parent had the duty to register the birth. The act did not prevent unmarried fathers from registering the births of their children
In relation to the regulations, the High Court found that requiring an immigrant parent to produce a valid visa or permit for the registration of the birth of a child, did in the present circumstances prevent a father from registering the birth of his child.
Furthermore, regulation 12(1) which only made provision for unmarried mothers to register the births of children, and not unmarried fathers, also prevented unmarried fathers from being able to register the birth of their children.
The court found that it could correct the defects in the regulation by “reading in” words to make the provisions constitutionally compliant.
The High Court relied on the decision of the Constitutional Court in National Coalition which set out the requirements necessary for a court to “read in” words into a provision so as not to encroach on the duties of the legislature.
The court read the words “and available” into certain sub-regulations, making the requirement to submit a permit or visa dependent on its applicability and availability.
The Court also read in the words “or father”, enabling the birth of a child born out of wedlock to be registered by either the father or the mother.
The Court however found other sub-regulations unconstitutional. These are regulations which require that where one parent is not a South African citizen, a certified copy of that parent’s valid passport and visa or permit must accompany the notice of birth, late registration of birth, or registration of a child older than one year. Also that where a child is born out of wedlock, the notice of registration must be made by the mother of the child. As the decision relates to a declaration of invalidity, it still has to be confirmed by the Constitutional Court.
Why is the case important?
The failure to register the birth of a child has important consequences for the child. Without a birth certificate, a child will not have citizenship, will not be able to register and attend school, apply for government grants, apply for an identity document, or secure employment. All of this constitutes a violation of the rights of the child as enshrined in the Constitution.
The decision in this case has made it easier to register the births of children born of a South African parent and an immigrant parent, and of children who have absent mothers.

Gigaba confirms resignation of Home Affairs DG Mkuseli Apleni

Minister of Home Affairs Malusi Gigaba confirmed on Monday that the department’s director general Mkuseli Apleni has resigned. 

“I would like to announce officially that the director-general of the Department of Home Affairs, Mr Mkuseli Apleni, has tendered his resignation, effective end of July 2018, to pursue other career opportunities in the private sector,” Gigaba told the media at a briefing in Hatfield, Pretoria.

Former Home Affairs minister Hlengiwe Mkhize suspended Apleni in September last year.


Apleni, who was appointed to the position in 2010, successfully challenged the suspension in the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria.

Gigaba said on Monday they would announce an acting DG by next week, and was hoping a new DG would be appointed within the next three months.

“I have seen the department at its lowest and where it is now. I know what a diligent public servant he [Apleni] is. He has deep insight of…[the] work and branches of the department,” Gigaba said. 

Apleni said at the briefing that he wanted to thank government for the opportunities he received. 

“The [new] opportunity that was presented to me was in the private sector. I will be joining Discovery Banking.

“What is important for me is to look forward,” he said. 

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