SA opens new permit application centre for Zimbabweans
by SAVIOUS KWINIKA
PRETORIA – SOUTH Africa will on Wednesday launch the first application centre under the Zimbabwean Special Project (ZSP).
The facility will be launched in Midrand, north of Johannesburg.
Home Affairs Minister, Malusi Gigaba, will lead a delegation to the launch of the facility that will handle thousands of applications from Zimbabwean regularising their stay in South Africa.
Home Affairs spokesman, Mayihlome Tshwete, SAID partners from the application processing -Visa Facilitation Services (VFS), will attend the launch.
Tshwete said VFS secured new centres in Gauteng (Midrand), Western Cape (Cape Town), Limpopo (Polokwane) and Kwazulu-Natal (Durban).
“The remaining six centres in George, Port Elizabeth, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Nelspruit and Rustenburg will be operating from the existing visa and permit centres,” Tshwete said.
Recently, South Africa announced the termination of the Zimbabwe Dispensation Project following the expiry of the permits Zimbabwean applied for under the scheme.
More than 200 000 successfully-applied for the documents but scores reported the programme had glitches, resulting in them not obtaining their permits despite applications being approved.
Malfunctions have also characterised the ongoing online application process.
– CAJ News
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