Thursday, June 25, 2015

A decrease in the number of tourists travelling into the country

Lusanda Bill
25 June 2015

The Department of Home Affairs Director General Mkuseli Apleni said the new immigration's amendments regulations are not impacting on people decisions to travel to South Africa.

This as the number of tourist travelling into the country has decrease.

Apleni said the figures we have shown a 1.3% decrease in tourism numbers, so it’s not as big of a decrease as people have been claiming. However we as a department still to understand what is the root cause of people not travelling to the country.

Meanwhile Mkuseli Apleni said the departments concern has always been on promoting national security, which has a far-reaching impact on tourism as well.

The regulation which requires children travelling in and out of the country to be in possession of an unabridged birth certificate came into effect on the 1st of June 2015.

Apleni said the steps we have taken to improve how we regulate the movement of children are intended also to give effect to the Children’s Act, 2005 which sets out principles relating to the care and protection of children.


“The Children’s Act demands specifically the protection of children from abduction as it prohibits this horrendous act” Apleni added.

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