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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.
The Benefits of us Citizenship
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.
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.
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