Immigration News

Stepping South Newsletter
July 2010
July is a very special month for South Africa, with the closing ceremony of the soccer world dawning upon us we all wait in anticipation for the winner of the world cup. All bets are on at this stage.
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Stepping South Newsletter
October 2009
Our long awaited 'South Africa at a Glance' books have finally arrived and I will be very happy to distribute some to the expatriates who came to the country in the period we were out of stock.
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Stepping South Newsletter
September 2009
Now we are talking! I have received many comments on last month's newsletter, thank you all.
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Stepping South Newsletter
August 2009
Thankfully the winter seems to be on its way out and we are about to start experiencing the beautiful South African sunny weather again.
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Stepping South Newsletter
June 2009
This month the focus is on sports and recreation. Winter is the worst season for keeping in shape and group sports can help with the motivation and focus on maintaining the beach body we so desire.
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Stepping South Newsletter
March 2009
We live in a world where work takes up 80% of our 'awake time' leaving us not much time to relax, look around, take in our surroundings and enjoy the beautiful South African weather and outdoor life.
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Bring in foreigners - Phumzile
Apr 23 2008 9:15PM
Cape Town - South Africa's skills problem remains massive, deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka said on Wednesday.
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Hundreds of engineers quit SA
Jan 24 2008 11:02 AM
Up to 300 qualified engineers leave SA every year, but an Engineering Council of SA spokesperson says the number could be even higher.
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Lower standards will not solve South Africa's skills shortage
Jan 23 2008 11:00 PM
South Africa is facing a skills shortage in so many industries. One way is to try to import skills and another way is to lower standards a bit.
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SA Skills shortage
Dec 10 2007 11:30 PM
There is a shortage in every one of those sectors – from aviation to accountants to engineers to artisans to teachers – basically every sector in the economy. That’s the problem - is there a solution?
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Union launches skills register
Nov 26 2007 12:19 PM
Trade union Solidarity has launched its own skills register, aimed at compiling a single database of as many South African workers as possible, particularly those with scarce skills.
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'Skills dearth still a crisis'
Nov 15 2007 02:48 PM
The Inkatha Freedom Party has hit out at the Deputy-President for her comments that the skills crisis was as a result of economic growth.
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'AA not to blame for lack of skills'
Nov 14 2007 10:20 PM
The perception that affirmative action has resulted in a huge loss of skills is not supported by recent studies published by reputable institutions, according to deputy president Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka.
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Progress with malaria vaccine
20 October 2007 11:59
The world’s best hope for a malaria vaccine is still on track, with news this week that the RTS,S/AS02D vaccine appeared to cut severe disease by 58% among young Mozambican children.
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New Southern African border crossing to boost tourism
13 October 2007 07:47
Botswana President Festus Mogae hosted his counterparts from South Africa and Namibia at the opening on Friday of a new border crossing to allow for easier movement between the three countries.
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Crime could kill SA skills
Sep 18 2007 01:47 PM
if the crime rate was not curbed, it had the potential of slowly killing South Africa's long-term future by forcing large scale emigration of skilled South Africans.
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Skills aren't welcome
27/05/2007 15:29
Why is the government turning away much needed profesionals, asks Finweek's Sizwekazi Jekwa.
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SA skills dearth 'urban legend'
23/05/2007 14:53
Trade union Solidarity on Wednesday asked that the minister of labour replace Employment Equity Commission chairperson, Jimmy Manyi.
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Foreigners offered SA jobs
25/04/2007 11:58
Almost 35 000 quota work permits for foreigners with scarce and critical skills were made available by Home Affairs Minster Nosiviwe Mapisa-Nqakula on Wednesday.
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SA skills 'always come first'
15/03/2007 14:28
The government would never overlook qualified South Africans in preference to foreign skills in its ongoing drive for economic transformation, said Labour Minister Membathisi Mdladlana.
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New measures to lure expats
13/02/2007 14:09
SA is planning new measures to lure its academics and skilled workers abroad back home to tackle a skills gap threatening the economy.
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SA's 'new imperialism'
04/02/2007 18:53
South Africa is losing its most talented individuals at an astonishing rate to non-African countries at a time when it needs them most.
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Hundreds of expats return to SA
07/12/2006 13:35
Homecoming Revolution, the FNB sponsored non-profit organisation trying encourage expatriate South Africans to return home, says it has facilitated the return of over 250 people who are currently in the process of being offered jobs thanks to events organised abroad by the organisation.
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Foreign 'settlers' invade SA
23/11/2006 14:55
...report showed. Last year, the country deported 209 988 illegal aliens while the United States, which has a well-publicised immigration problem, deported only 186 000, according to the report. The report noted that if South Africa was deporting only 20% of...
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SA details skills shortages
29/08/2006 11:24
South Africa's skills challenges "manifest especially" in those areas of the economy that need technical and specialised skills such as engineers in mining as well as in chemical, electrical, mechanical, and nuclear fields while artisans, geologists and economists are also needed.
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SA airports on strike alert
28/08/2006 08:00
Johannesburg - More than 800 immigration officers at South African airports...The PSA, which represents 90% of immigration officers, served the department...failed to upgrade the salaries of immigration officers. De Clercq said immigration...
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Zimbabwe exodus smothering SA
23/07/2006 11:02
...affairs has taken a financial knock from the influx of illegal immigrants," the paper said. Pretoria spent a total of R218m on immigration control last year - more than double the amount the department spent in 2004. "The costs of detaining illegal immigrants...
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Scrap of transit visa 'welcome'
29/06/2006 19:13
...intra-company transfer permits, the minister said she agreed the two-year limit was too short. An amendment was required to the Immigration Act to extend the period. "We will ask cabinet and parliament to deal with this matter before the end of the year," Mapisa-Nqakula...
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Immigration staff 'may strike'
12/06/2006 20:47
Pretoria - Immigration officers might go on strike if a last-ditch...The PSA, which represents 90% of immigration officials employed by the department...evaluations have shown that entry level for immigration officers were supposed to be on salary...
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Immigration firms 'get tough'
20/04/2006 21:09
Johannesburg - Three major immigration consultant groups said on Thursday...Lino De Ponte, head of Deloitte's immigration section said: "We're taking the...with priority skills. Revised immigration laws South Africa revised its...
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SA immigration laws 'hurting'
19/04/2006 21:49
...companies have warned that South Africa's immigration regulations are hurting their operations...of Business in Southern Africa said immigration problems are having a detrimental impact...Association of Southern Africa that the new immigration regime had 'created a lot of problems...
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