01 June 2015
Western Cape MEC of Economic
Opportunities Alan Winde today said a group of international tourists from
India, have become the first reported casualties of the new unabridged birth
The new immigration
regulations which have come into effect today, stipulates if children are
traveling in or out of South Africa, they need to have an unabridged birth
Ministerial Spokesperson Bronwynne Jooste said
MEC Winde received correspondence from a tour operator in India that one of the
children travelling in the party was incorrectly denied a visa.
The Red Tape Reduction Unit is
currently assisting the tour operator.
“It is about 45 people in this
group and the average spend of an international tourist is R5 000 rand.
This means if this group decided to cancel their visit to the Western Cape, our
tourism industry would have lost R200 000 rand”, Jooste added.
Labels: first victim of the new DoHA system, Indian tourist