Zim­bab­weans can stay with new visa

Daily Dispatch - - News - By KATHARINE CHILD

ZIM­BAB­WEANS whose seven-year spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion visas run out in De­cem­ber have been given a re­prieve.

Many had feared they would have to re­turn to Zim­babwe and leave their liveli­hoods be­hind them in South Africa.

How­ever‚ the South African gov­ern­ment an­nounced that Zim­bab­weans on spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion visas which were is­sued in 2010 and ex­pire in De­cem­ber‚ can ap­ply for new visas called Zim­babwe Ex­emp­tion Per­mits (ZEP).

The spe­cial dis­pen­sa­tion visa was in­tro­duced in 2010 and al­lowed Zim­bab­weans work­ing in South Africa to gain le­gal sta­tus.

The ZEP is open for those in pos­ses­sion of a Zim­babwe Spe­cial Per­mit and costs R1 090.

The per­mits will be is­sued for a max­i­mum of four years‚ from Jan­uary 1 2018 and ex­pir­ing on De­cem­ber 31 2021.

The cut-off date for ap­pli­ca­tions is Novem­ber 30. — DDC

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