Daily Archives: November 25, 2015

Inspur Collaborates with Africa to Embrace the Future of Cloud Computing

JOHANNESBURG, Nov. 25, 2015 /PRNewswire — On December 3, the China-Africa Business Conference will be held in Johannesburg, South Africa. Chinese President Xi Jinping, African heads of state and government, principals of the African Union, and regional and military organizations will attend the event. Inspur’s Chairman and CEO Sun Pishu, is invited to attend the China-Africa Business Conference and will deliver a keynote speech. He will express his unique viewpoints on promoting African industrialization with information technology, with the aim to push forward Africa’s industrialization.

Inspur actively participates in Africa’s local information technology development thanks to its rich experience in information infrastructure development and advanced technology, and takes the African market as an important strategic region for Inspur’s internationalization.

Presently, Inspur’s overall IT solutions and core cloud computing products have been widely applied in areas such as government, education, health care, taxation and business in many African countries including South Africa, Nigeria, Tanzania and Tunisia. Inspur has undertaken and participated in China-Africa science and technology and cloud computing training sessions, enhancing African technical personnel’s basic skills and greatly promoting Africa’s industrialization process. In doing so, it has received recognition and support from governments of various countries.

During the visit to Africa, Inspur’s Chairman and CEO Sun Pishu, will not only join relevant events that Chinese President Xi Jinping will participate in in Africa, but also accompany President Xi and heads of African countries to attend the China-Africa Equipment Manufacturing Industry Exhibition. During the exhibition, Inspur will display its top cloud computing products and solutions, and spare no efforts in creating awareness among African customers and guests on Inspur’s strong overall strength in cloud computing, and present Inspur’s glorious 70-year history.

Minister Malusi Gigaba: Implementation of Cabinet concessions on immigration regulations

We have taken note of recent statements concerning actions taken regarding concessions that Cabinet had made to ease the implementation of the amended immigration legislation and regulations. Let me hasten unreservedly to express our commitment to the success of the process.

To reiterate the actions that must be taken within three months – 1 November 2015 to 31 January 2016 – as articulated by Cabinet, we are to,

Implement the capturing of biometrics at ports of entry starting with a pilot at OR Tambo, King Shaka and Cape Town airports,

Look at introducing an Accredited Tourism Company Programme for countries like China, India and Russia,

Consider a long-term Multiple Entry Visa for a period exceeding 3 months and up to 3 years for frequent travellers (for business meetings), business people and academics,

Ensure that principals issue letters confirming permission for children to travel on school tours,

Extend the validity of the parental consent affidavit to 6 months.

As mandated by Cabinet, the department is also urgently looking at the legal instrument, to facilitate the requirement of birth certificates for non-visa requiring countries being replaced by a strong advisory. This requires a legal instrument as our current laws do not draw distinctions between children from different countries.

If we proceed carelessly without that legal instrument, we will be undermining our own legislation and placing ourselves in a constitutionally compromising situation for which we will be legally liable.

It is important to remember that the Department of Home Affairs also played a key role in the IMC, and we therefore fully support the recommendations. Contrary to some public sentiments, these recommendations are still a step forward in promoting the Children’s Act and introducing basic but critical national security measures.

Even with the envisioned birth certificate, and a strong advisory for non-visa requiring countries, our immigration officers are better empowered to act against the illicit movement of children.

The recommendations around biometrics afford better measures to keep South Africans and those within the republic safer from the evils that evidently exist globally. These are progressive interventions and we welcome them.

In the meantime, the status quo will remain until such time that the necessary actions have been taken, including the capacity at the main ports of entry to capture biometric data. These changes must unfold within the framework of what is permissible by law.

Other concessions are for implementation in a year and beyond. We are hard at work to ensure implementation of these concessions, starting with those prioritized for the first three months, ending 31 January 2016, understanding this to be is in the interest of the country and various stakeholders.

The regulations took effect in 2014 when there were already concerns about the state of tourism, not only in our country, but globally.

The child-specific travel requirements in the immigration regulations came into operation only this year, in June. We have heard the concerns of the tourism sector, and the IMC has balanced those concerns with national interests. We carry the mandate of being the first line of defence in this regard for the country and therefore must be willing to risk some measure of unpopularity to ensure national security is not forsaken.

The Department of Home Affairs has fulfilled its mandate to facilitate safe movement while extending non-visa requirements to the top tourism generating countries.

As you would know tourism issues reside specifically with our Department of Tourism, with which we will continue working closely to address those concerns that were raised by our stakeholders. That notwithstanding, I have directed the department to meet with the tourism sector. In this meeting I expect them to further share with stakeholders the timelines of concessions and also hear from them on their role in assisting government to keep South Africa safe and prosperous.

The challenge going-forward is to work with all our partners and stakeholders to make the new visa regime work for the country, ensuring child safety, national security and economic development.

Enquiries:

Mayihlome Tshwete

Cell: on 072 869 2477

Thabo Mokgola

Cell: 060 962 4982

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICAL NEWS

Minister Malusi Gigaba: Media briefing on closing of the Zimbabwe Permit Programme and the opening of the Lesotho Special Permit

We thought we should share where we are with regard to the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) programme and bring you up to speed on the recently announced Lesotho Special Permit (LSP). The current status of the ZSP is impressive.

Zimbabwe Special Permit

With the exception of a small section of problem cases still to be resolved, the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) programme is at its final stages of conclusion.

The total number of applications made online reached 208, 967. The number of applicants who submitted their applications and biometrics was 197, 950. A total of 197, 790 ZSP permits were approved. 160 applications are still under review as a result of technical issues relating to the finalisation of applications, including submission of incomplete applications, capturing biometrics and ensuring the required police clearances have been received.

Only 25 applications were rejected because applicants had no previous DZP permits or had negative police clearance.

Of the 48 Officials the department had assigned to the ZSP project at its peak, there are currently only 6 attending to the remaining close-out issues. VFS has officially closed down all of its ZSP centres, and the remaining permits will have to be collected at VFS regional offices.

When we reported to the nation back in August 2015 we said ZSPs that still needed to be collected from VFS centres were in the region of 26,986. The number has come down to 11,499. VFS has put a tool in place methodically to track and manage all the remaining cases, ensuring they’re finalised. It will continue issuing the permits until 31 January 2016, after which date all uncollected permits will be returned to the department. We urge people to collect their permits.

Zimbabwe special permits are valid until 31 December 2017, after which date all Zimbabweans who intend to stay will apply for normal visas in terms of the Immigration Act. This was a mammoth task from which lessons were learnt and our systems were tested.

Lesotho Special Permit

In October 2015, Cabinet approved the implementation of the Lesotho Special Permit (LSP). The intention of the Lesotho Dispensation is to regularise the stay of Lesotho nationals currently residing illegally in South Africa, some with fraudulently obtained SA documents, and others abusing the visa waiver between our two countries, Lesotho and South Africa. It will assist greatly in ensuring that all persons in South Africa are here on a lawful basis, with correct documentation, while supporting efforts better to manage labour flows from SADC states.

The special dispensation is for Lesotho nationals who are working, studying or running businesses in SA without appropriate documentation, and have been in the country in such capacity before 30 September 2015.

In the long run, this massive project will advance the goals of the National Development Plan, precisely because Lesotho nationals with special permits will work lawfully, pay taxes, and contribute to the country’s economic development and growth as well as that of their country – the Kingdom of Lesotho. We trust that the project will promote greater cooperation on managing migration challenges between the two countries.

The Basotho in the country will enjoy protection from unlawful labour practices, fraud and corruption. This we owe to the people of the SADC region and our neighbour, Lesotho, which historically enjoys close kinship ties with South Africa and its people. It makes no business sense also to sustain funding for deportations that can clearly be avoided, with Lesotho being among the four highest countries whose nationals South Africa deports.

Furthermore, the special dispensations for Zimbabwean and Lesotho nationals residing in SA illegally were in part intended consciously to ease the pressure exerted on the country’s Refugee Reception Offices, dealing with a mixed flow of migrants, including of an economic nature. This approach is therefore helping in separating economic migrants from asylum seekers and refugees. The benefits should include enhanced refugee management and refugee protection.

Already we have undertaken key actions for operational readiness. The LSP project is led essentially by the same permitting team that delivered the ZSP Programme. Importantly, this dispensation is undertaken as a joint programme entailing cooperation of the South African and Lesotho governments.

Inter-Ministerial engagements took place between September 2015 and November 2015. Senior officials of the SA and Basotho departments have convened a task-team to oversee the process. The Planning and Design phase has commenced, in November 2015, and will end on 31 January 2016. The 1st of February 2016 is the targeted date for the official commencement of the LSP Programme, when we will start receiving applications.

Formal announcements on the volumes and process to follow will be made once all consultations with the Lesotho Authorities and relevant stakeholders have been completed. The special permit will be valid for 4 years, from 1 May 2016 – 30 April 2020.

To facilitate smooth implementation of the special dispensation, we will grant a moratorium on deportations until 31 December 2016 to Lesotho nationals. The moratorium will exclude persons with negative police clearance and those who have been released from prison after serving their sentences. An amnesty will be granted to Lesotho nationals who voluntarily surrender fraudulent permits or SA passports and IDs. I wish to take this opportunity to ask the Basotho to come forward and surrender these documents, to avoid imprisonment, and improve their stay in SA.

To qualify for the special permit, the applicant must,

Have a valid passport or travel document

Be registered on the Lesotho National Population Register system

Have police clearance from Lesotho and South Africa

Provide proof of:

Employment (Affidavit from the employer) – to be issued with a Work Permit

Business registration with SARS and CIPRO – to get a Business Permit

Registration from an educational institution – for a Study Permit

In addition, an applicant must not have a criminal record and must be prepared to surrender any illegal SA permit or document.

The Lesotho Dispensation is handled in accordance with Section 31(2)(b) of the Immigration Act, 2002 (Act No 13 of 2002) in terms of which the Minister may “grant a foreigner or a category of foreigners the rights of permanent residence for a specified or unspecified period when special circumstances exist which justify such a decision.” Also to be noted is that the special dispensation does not grant the holder the right to apply for permanent residence.

Women, children and persons with disability who are eligible will be assisted to apply. Today being the beginning of the 16 Days of Activism for No Violence Against Women and Children, until 10 December 2015, I invite you to be active participants in this campaign for human rights for all.

How we treat our people from Zimbabwe, Lesotho and elsewhere in the region and Continent, especially the most vulnerable among us – the women and children – says much about us as a nation that cherishes democracy, equality and justice for all of humankind.

Regularising the stay of Zimbabwean and Basotho women who offer various services in diverse sectors of the economy, does much to advance their protection and enjoyment of inalienable rights, including the right to life and dignity. It is our goal as a democratic state through laws like the Women Empowerment and Gender Equality Bill, the Prevention and Combating of Trafficking in Persons Act as well as our immigration laws, to fight uncompromisingly the trafficking of young girls and women. Together we can end the cycle of abuse in all its forms.

I thank you!

List of VFS Centres where the remaining ZSPs are to be collected

NR

VFC

Building location (Full address)

1

Bloemfontein

Suite 4, The Park, 14 Reid Street, Westdene, Bloemfontein

2

Bruma

1st Floor, West Wing, Finance House, 25 Ernest Oppenheimer Road, Bruma

3

Cape Town

21st Floor, ABSA Centre, 2 Riebeek Street, Cape Town, 8001

4

Durban

Suite 3, Silver Oaks, 36 Silverton Road, Durban, 4001

5

George

5 Progress Street, George, 6530

6

Kimberley

Unit 3, Building 2, Agri Office Park, N12, Kimberley

7

Nelspruit

Unit 5, Nedbank Centre, 30 Brown Street, Nelspruit CBD, Nelspruit, Mpumalanga

8

Polokwane

Shop 13, Thornhill Shopping Centre, Cnr Veldspaat and Munnik Avenue, Polokwane

9

Port Elizabeth

Moffet on Main Lifestyle Centre, William Moffet Expressway, Walmer, Port Elizabeth

10

Rustenburg

Shop 1, 26 Von Wellight Street, Rustenburg.

Enquiries:

Thabo Mokgola

Cell: 060 962 4982

Mayihlome Tshwete

Cell: 072 869 2477

SOURCE: SOUTH AFRICAN OFFICAL NEWS