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VFS update regarding appeal applications

News Flash VFS Update Regarding Appeal Applications

ATTENTION: APPEAL APPLICATIONS All appeal applications will now follow a revised online process. This will be effective from the 26 January 2019.

Unabridged birth certificates scrapped in time for festive season

Unabridged birth certificates scrapped in time for festive season

As the festive season approaches, the department of home affairs will scrap regulations requiring parents travelling with minors to present an unabridged birth certificate at ports of entry. Speaking at a media briefing on Tuesday, Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said minors will still require the consent of both parents to leave the country. Children […]

Delinking Citizenship and Permanent Residency

On 28 July 2017 the Department of Home Affairs released its anticipated White Paper on International Migration that provides a policy framework that will result in changes to our Immigration Legislation. The amendment process has commenced and is expected to be finalised in March 2019.

Department of Home Affairs clamping down on illegal immigrant employment

Department of Home Affairs clamping down on illegal immigrant employment

It is now a matter of when and not if companies employing foreign nationals will be audited by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA). The arrest of at least 25 illegal foreign nationals at the beginning of May by the Cape Town Police, accompanied by officials from the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), sparked a […]

Citizenship for children born to foreign parents in SA under investigation

A child born in South Africa does not automatically qualify for South African citizenship if their parents are foreign.

According to Advocate Priscilla Jana, deputy chairperson of the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC), the organisation has been unaware that unabridged birth certificates were not issued to such children.

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Private Institutes To Be Registered With Department of Higher Education – WAIVED

The (ex-)Minister of Home Affairs, Malusi Gigaba had granted study visas to the learning institutions which are still currently in the process of registering with the Department of Higher Education (DHET).

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Mkhize has been a vocal telecoms deputy minister and has championed the participation of more women in the ICT sector.

The SA Communications Forum congratulated Mkhize on her new appointment. “As we deepen our advance into the fourth industrial revolution, all aspects of government must be digitised more rapidly. Minister Mkhize’s clear insight and expertise as to how technology and ICT platforms can offer innovative approaches will enable citizens to have better access to vital services.”



Ms Mkhize is currently serving as the Minister of Home Affairs.

She was born on 6 September 1952. She served as a Member of Parliament since 2009. A founding member, and trustee, of the Children and Violence Trust since 1995, had been a trustee of the Malibongwe Business Trust from 2005. Professor Mkhize holds a BA degree in Psychology, Social Work and Sociology (University of Zululand); BA Hons (Psychology) and a Masters in Clinical Psychology from the University of Natal. She was a senior lecturer and researcher at Wits from 1990 until 1995. She was a board member of the South African Prisoner’s Organisation for Human Rights from 1994 to 1995; Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) Commissioner and Chairperson of the Reparations and Rehabilitation committee from 1995 to 2003. Prior to her appointment, Prof Mkhize was ambassador to the Netherlands, had a short stint as Deputy Minister for Correctional Services and most recently served as the Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services.

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