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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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More than 1000 delegates from Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa (BRICS) will gather at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg tomorrow, Wednesday,  25 July 2018 for the BRICS Business Forum which will takes place as part of the 10th BRICS Summit. The Heads of State of the BRICS countries will preside over the afternoon session of the Business Forum and provide direction on strategic issues under discussion.The Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, Deputy Minister Mr Bulelani Magwanishe and the Chairperson of the BRICS Business Council, Dr Iqbal Surve will deliver speeches at the opening session of the forum starting from 09:00. Their address will be followed by four thematic sessions that cover various topics. The Ministers of Trade, Commerce, Industry, Economic Development and External Relations of the five BRICS countries will all be panelists in the session where The Role of BRICS in Trade and Investment facilitation amidst a Changing Global Political Economy will be discussed.

According to the Minister of Trade and Industry, Dr Rob Davies, the delegates who will comprise of captains of industry, heads of state-owned entities and government leaders will deliberate on strategic economic matters affecting the future of BRICS.

“In line with the BRICS Summit theme, BRICS in Africa: Collaboration for Inclusive Growth and Shared Prosperity in The Fourth Industrial Revolution, the Business Forum will deliberate on the current global political economy and its implications for BRICS member countries, the implications of the 4th Industrial Revolution on inclusive growth and transformation, facilitating intra-BRICS trade, as well as fostering BRIC-Africa partnerships,” says Minister Davies.
Minister Davies added that the business forum will provide a platform to showcase the economic prowess of the African continent with a particular focus on advanced manufacturing, energy, technology, rail, aviation, information and communication technology, financial services and beneficiation (agro-processing and mining), as well as to enhance the flow of foreign direct investments from the BRICS bloc into the continent.

“The Business Forum will also offer an opportunity to facilitate the creation of manufacturing value-chains on the African continent, to stimulate dialogue on the utilisation of financing packages offered by the New Development Bank, and to promote synergies with development finance institutions on the continent. The Business Forum is also important because it will create opportunities for partnerships between African and BRICS companies as well as develop concrete measures to address the deficiencies within productive sectors impeding the optimal development of the continent,” said Minister Davies.

The Benefits Of USA Citizenship

The Benefits Of USA Citizenship

The United States of America is known for promoting the American Dream. This is living a humble and honest life in the land of opportunity. This is the life where you and your family get to experience freedom and quality of life. The United States is known for letting in immigrants looking for a better life and that characteristic has not changed. The United States is a large country that is waiting to be explored and enjoyed, with 50 states, each with their own culture. It is a life of adventure waiting to happen.

Getting You Citizenship

It is no easy feat to acquire citizenship for any country, and the U.S. is no different. There are, however, various means to go through in order to stay within the U.S. legally. You could obtain the correct visa, a Green Card, or citizenship. The citizenship is the more worthwhile option if you wish to truly dedicate yourself to the U.S. This citizenship will allow you the ability to become a fully legal member of society with all the rights and responsibility of any U.S. citizen. It means that you will be a person of that country.

The Practical Benefits

Once you have been granted U.S. citizenship there are a few things that you will be allowed to do that you would not be able to do otherwise. As a citizen, you will be able to vote and participate in their democratic elections. You will be able to apply for government employment. Or you could run for public office. You will be able to live your life normally and find employment without the worry of deportation or revoked visas. You will be eligible to benefit from their tax laws. Finally, it will be easier to get your family into the country legally so that you may all begin your new lives together.

Extra Benefits

There are more than just the legal benefits of being a citizen, there are other benefits to obtaining citizenship. You will be able to travel internationally without worry or stress about re-entering the country. The country is huge, which means that the opportunity for local yet extensive travel is great! There are great opportunities for studying and further education as there are great universities and colleges all around the country. There is great entertainment as there are many entertainment establishments for every person, and concerts to experience. There will be a lifetime of memories as you experience a new culture everywhere you go.

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Where you want to emigrate to the U.S. or try your hand at living in South Africa, be sure to contact immigration experts PM Immigrationfor all the legal assistance you need.

What Happens When You Overstay Your Australian Visa?

Anyone who has ever gone to Australia or that enjoys watching reality tv shows about Australian airport boarder security knows that they take their laws and regulations very seriously. You would also know that they take these offences seriously and you will be punished for not following the law, and for actively trying to deceive authority. Australia is known for ensuring that their laws are constantly enforced to prevent any dangers coming into their country. They also actively try to keep criminals they deem dangerous and a burden to their system out of the country.

Getting A Visa

When you are applying to immigrate to Australia, you need to be sure that you are applying for the right visa and that you have the right supporting documents to get that visa. When you apply for a visa you should remain honest and you should not consider price or simplicity when it comes to applying for your visa. If you are planning on working there, get the appropriate visa, or if you wish to study there, actually study there. If you are caught infringing on these laws you will be deported, or denied access to the country. You will also find it incredibly difficult to re-enter the country at a later stage.

No Visa – Problem

If you are caught overstaying your welcome as stipulated by your visa, you will be having a very unpleasant experience. If you are caught with an expired visa you can be arrested and deported. That is definitely not part of the Australian experience. You should do what you need to do to extend, renew or reapply for your visa. This way you can maintain the life you have and you will be able to seek out reputable employment. Be sure that this is too within the parameter of the law otherwise you might fall victim to visa scam such as a company giving you a visa or a marriage for a visa.

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The legal way might seem like it is too expensive, or that it is going to take too long. However, it is absolutely worth it! You may be facing many consequences for disrespecting their laws. If you have any plans to immigrate to Australia, be sure to contact PM Immigrationto make sure that you are doing everything legally.

Applying for a Visa to Study in the USA

Living and working (or studying) in the USA is a dream for many people. Having grown up on Hollywood movies we’ve taken in the sites before even getting there, wondering what it must be like to visit the Big Apple, the Grand Canyon or to try our luck in some of Vegas’ most prestigious casinos. The States has a whole lot to offer those looking to immigrate there, but  getting there can be a little complicated, especially where applying for the visa is concerned. Here is a guide on where to start when applying for a visa to visit or live in the USA, to make the process a little easier for you.

To Begin With

Before starting your visa application, you will need to be accepted to the Student and Exchange Visitor Programme, and this is done by enrolling into, and being accepted to the accredited school of your choice. Once that has been completed, you will need to pay a Student and Exchange Visitor Information System fee. Once you have done that, you can start applying for you visa.

Applying for the Visa

Next you will need to apply for a study visa. These are issued by the U.S Department of State at any US consulate (such as the one in Sandhurst). This appointment will include an interview with a department representative, where you will be expected to inform them of your plans while visiting the United States, and what you will be doing once your studies are over.

In order to apply for the visa, you will need proof of your acceptance into an SEVP certified school, which will come in the form of their acceptance letter. You will also need to prove your ability to pay for the studies, as well as for living expenses while living abroad. As such, you will want to take bank statements along with you. You will also need to bring a receipt to prove that you paid the Student and Exchange Visitor Information fee.

When applying for a F-1 visa to study in the USA, you will need to show that you are prepared to enrol. So bring any academic transcripts, degrees, diplomas, certificates or test scores that apply to this, along with you to the consulate.

Contact PM Immigration Today

If you are planning on immigrating to the US, either to work or to study, we can help the process go more smoothly for you. For assistance with everything from applying for the visa to getting you settled, contact a representative from PM Immigration today, or visit our website for additional information.

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