SA HOME AFFAIRS DEPARTMENT WAIVES VISAS FOR FOUR COUNTRIES TO BOOST TOURISM

South Africa’s home affairs minister Aaron Motsoaledi said on Thursday he had granted visa-free status to Qatar, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and New Zealand, among seven countries singled out for the concession in a bid to boost tourism.

UNEMPLOYMENT CONTINUES ITS UPWARD TRAJECTORY – INCREASING PRESSURE ON FINDING CRITICAL SKILLS

The latest unemployment statistics released by Statistics SA for the second quarter of this year paints a very dark picture of the state of South Africa’s labour market. According to the statistics there has been an increase of 1.4 percentage points in unemployment from the first quarter of this year. This means that almost 7 […]

MERCER’S QUALITY OF LIVING CITY RANKING

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NEWS | 7 NEWS COUNTRIES CAN NOW VISIT SOUTH AFRICA VISA-FREE AND E-VISAS COMING SOON

The Department of Home Affairs has announced that the country’s new e-Visa system will launch in November 2019, and it has added new nations to the list of countries that can enter South Africa visa-free.

NEWS | HOW MANY SOUTH AFRICANS ARE SELLING UP AND EMIGRATING IN THE SECOND QUARTER?

FNB’s latest property barometer sheds some light on the current market activity in South Africa. The bank’s survey data shows that ‘downscaling because of life stage’ dominates as the most prominent reason for selling a property in South Africa, with such sales accounting for 23% of all sales in the second quarter of 2019.

NEWS | POUND SOUTH AFRICAN RAND (GBP/ZAR) EXCHANGE RATE RISES AS SA BUSINESS CONFIDENCE REMAINS FLAT

GBP/ZAR Exchange Rate Edges Higher on SA Economy Woes The Pound South African Rand (GBP/ZAR) exchange rate rose by 0.2% today and is currently trading around R17.7236 on the interbank market. The South African Rand (ZAR) fell against the Pound (GBP) today despite yesterday’s South African business confidence index figures for June, which rose from […]

NEWS | SA VISA REFORM KICKS IN AS NEW ZEALAND AND 6 OTHER COUNTRIES GIVEN FREE ENTRY

South Africa has just eased visa access for seven countries – including New Zealand, which had a controversial tit-for-tat visa imposed on it back in 2016. South African Tourism (SA Tourism) has welcomed the news from Department of Home Affairs as it improves the overall value offering of SA as a destination considerably. While domestic […]

NEWS | NEW CRITICAL SKILLS SURVEY – THE MOST IN-DEMAND SKILLS IN SA MAY BE LEAVING FOR GREENER PASTURES

According to reports from emigration assistance groups and local banks, South Africa is experiencing a sharp rise in people emigrating. Pew Research estimates that at least 900,000 people born in South Africa were living in other countries in 2017, with many of these people being skilled and educated.

NEWS | RAMAPHOSA’S SUCCESS PLAN FOR SA’S BUSINESS AND GOVERNMENT SECTORS

President Cyril Ramaphosa shared an optimistic lookout on the future for the Business and Government sectors within South Africa, at his State of Nation Address (SONA) on 20 June 2019.

NEWS | CRITICAL SKILLS SURVEY RESULTS 2018

This is the most prominent survey in South Africa of its kind, considered by Government and a good example was the speech of Minister Angie Motshekga at the launch of the Rhodesfield Engineering School of Specialisation; making direct reference thereto.