Zimbabweans can stay with new visa
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