Wednesday, September 03, 2014

Hearings into new immigration regulations to be held this month

Loyiso Langeni
03 September 2014

Public Hearings on the impact of the recently amended regulations to the Immigration Act will be held later on this month. 

Western Cape Standing Committee Chairperson on Agriculture and Economic Development Beverley Schafer said these new regulations by Home Affairs have not been received well by the public and businesses across the world. 

“It really sticks around the fact that the Visa regulation have not been engaged with the public

We feel very strongly that this is something we pride ourselves in the Constitution something we need to connect with people about.” Schafer added.

Meanwhile Schafer said the tourism sector which contributes in the region of R18.5 billion to the economy will be most affected. 

The new immigration regulations which introduce a new visa regime for South Africa came into effect on the 26th of May this year.

The public hearings into this matter will be held by the committee on the 25th and 26th of September. 

“We found that the complains comes right across all sectors they have a major impact on job creation and Economic growth in the Western Cape

It’s quite strange the start of Tourism Month which is a National Campaign on Tourism transforming lives that these Visa regulations are in fact not transforming lives but being really forcing families apart.”   Schafer added.

 

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