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Zimbabweans get South Africa permits reprieve

South Africa’s Department of Home Affairs has extended the closing date for payments and submission of supporting documents and biometrics for the new Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) to February 15, 2018.

Through their website, SA’s Home Affairs Department yesterday said the cut-off date was initially November 30, 2017.

“By January 29, 2018, 176 605 applicants had completed the entire process, which includes honoring their appointments with VFS and submitting supporting documents and bio metrics,” the statement read.

“The extension to February 15, 2018 is only for submitting biometrics (fingerprints) and supporting documents at the 10 VFS offices, as well as for those who have submitted online applications by November 30, 2017, but did not pay the prescribed fee. New applications will not be accepted. By the end of September 2018, the department plans to have completed the whole project, including finalising adjudications and issuing out of all new permits.”

“The ZSP started in 2014 with 197 951 permits issued, which expired on December 31, 2017. ZEP permit holders will be allowed to work, study or conduct business in South Africa. The ZEP permits are valid for a maximum period of four years, effective from January 1, 2018 and expiring on December 31, 2021, notwithstanding the date of issue. Exemption permits like the ZEP permits are not permanent or long-term. “

The department said they only serve a specific purpose with a view to ultimately have people returning to their countries of origin to build their lives anew.


ZIMBABWEANS in South Africa have welcomed the further extension


ZIMBABWEANS in South Africa have welcomed the further extension of the deadline for submissions of the new Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP), saying many people had failed to apply due to various challenges. 

The South African Department of Home Affairs on Wednesday further extended the deadline for payments and submissions of supporting documents and biometrics for the new ZEP to February 15.

The cut-off date was initially November 30 last year and was extended to January 31 in the hope that all those who had applied online would have made the necessary payments and provided the required supporting documents and biometrics.

The department said by Monday this week, a total of 176 605 applicants had completed the entire process, which includes honouring their appointments and submitting supporting documents and biometrics.

The chairman of the Zimbabwean Community in South Africa, Mr Ngqabutho Mabhena, yesterday said the extension will give Zimbabweans who had not done the process, an opportunity to legalise their stay in the neighbouring country.

“This is a welcome development and we thank the South African Government for this further extension. It’s quite a relief because many Zimbabweans are yet to secure the permits. I hope the affected Zimbabweans will take advantage of the extension,” said Mr Mabhena.

“Some applicants’ passports had expired and they applied for new passports at the Registrar General’s department back home but they were taking long to be issued resulting in them failing to meet the deadline. The emergency passports are too expensive hence many are waiting for the ordinary passports.”

Mr Mabhena said the online application system was also not user friendly, forcing applicants to seek help from internet shops and other organisations.

“There are other people who didn’t attempt at all because they don’t have access to the internet which makes it impossible for them to apply for permits,” said Mr Mabhena.

He said they were in the process of engaging the South African government to lobby for the inclusion of crossborder traders and other Zimbabweans who do not qualify for the ZEP.

“In 2015, the SA government started the process of renewing its immigration policy to accommodate foreigners from the Sadc region wishing to work or do business in South Africa.

“We’re therefore lobbying the Portfolio Committee of South Africa’s Home Affairs Department to speed up the implementation of the policy so that those who have not been able to get permits through the ZEP can get crossborder Sadc visas and Sadc work visas,” said Mr Mabhena.

He said most crossborder traders were being given limited days to spend in South Africa, resulting in them being banned from entering the neighbouring country after overstaying.

The SA Home Affairs Department has said the ZEP permits were valid for a maximum period of four years, effective from January 1 this year.

The department said exemption permits like the ZEP permits were not permanent or long-term as they only serve a specific purpose and the understanding is that the benficiaries will in future return to their countries of origin. 


The special Zimbabwean permit

will be replaced by the Zimbabwean Exemption permit


The Department of Internal Affairs to issue new permits for Zimbabweans nationals in South Africa.

The Department of Home Affairs has introduced a new form of documentation for Zimbabwean nationals in South Africa.


The special Zimbabwean permit
will be replaced by the
Zimbabwean Exemption permit

This is called the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit (ZEP) and extends to those with valid special permits. It allows Zimbabweans permission to stay in the country for up to four years and will enter into force from January 2018 and will be valid until December 2021.


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Applicants must be in possession of a valid Zimbabwe passport and proof of employment, business or study, depending on the purpose of the stay.


A statement by the Zimbabwean Community in South Africa welcomed the decision, but expressed its hope that undocumented citizens would be considered.


“We would have liked the Minister to have considered the many undocumented Zimbabweans who work in South Africa. We hope that the Minister will at some point address this request.”


When can Zimbabweans apply for the new permit?


Minister of Internal Affairs Hlengiwe Mkhize announced that applications for the ZEP will open on September 15, 2017 and will close on November 30 of this year.


“People have a week now, they’ve been waiting for it and no one will say it’s a short period,” he told a news conference.
Will this be valid for new applicants as well?


No, applications are valid only for those currently holding a Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP).
How can you apply for a ZEP and what does it cost?


Applications will be opened on September 15 via the VFS website. The deadline for submitting applications is November 30, 2017. The administrative fees are R 1090 per application.


Applicants must make an appointment via VFS and submit fingerprints as well as supporting documents from 1 October 2017. Applicants must submit a valid passport in Zimbabwe, proof of employment in the case of a permit work permit, application for a business permit and proof of admission letter from a recognized learning institution in the case of a study permit.
ZSP holders can apply for SPA in several provinces


The following are the places and addresses:


Durban: Musgrave Towers, Musgrave Shopping Center, 5th Floor Musgrave.
Cape Town: 2 Long street, 7th Floor.
Port Elizabeth: Office 7C, 1st floor, corner 17 Avenue and main road. Johannesburg: The Link, Old Pretoria Road, Halfway House, Midrand. Rustenburg: Corner of Boom and Fatima Bayet Street.
Kimberly: Unit 3, Building 2, Agri Office Park, N12.
Polokwane: Thornhill Shopping Center, Veldspaat and Munnik Avenue, Bendor Park.
Nelspruit: Office 5F, Nedbank Building, 30 Brown Street.
Bloemfontein: Suit 4, The Park, 14 Reid Street, Westdene.
George: Unit 5 Eagle View, Progress Street.


How many Zimbabweans are currently in South Africa?


There are approximately 250 000 citizens of Zimbabwe who live in South Africa with legal documentation. The number of those in the country illegally far exceeds that of those with valid permits. Zimbabwe has seen massive immigration in the past two decades due to a sharp economic decline.


As of 2008, the total number of Zimbabweans in SA was estimated at almost 2 million. That number is believed to have increased significantly despite some citizens returning to Zimbabwe due to the xenophobic violence that erupted that year.


Collect your Zim Special Permit Today

Great news are really in the horizon for the early ZSP applicants who successfully completed their pertinent submissions, according to Minister Malusi Gigaba of Home Affairs (SA). He was speaking during a media briefing in Cape Town yesterday on latest updates concerning the ZSP permit renewals’ procedures.

He confirmed that almost 64% of the finished 245 000 applications have been received by now. However, the Home Affairs (SA) has finished the adjudications’ procedure for just over 20%, which gives an estimated numerical amount of approximately 31 360 as of the date of his media briefing!

Latest News about Zimbabwean Permits - ZSP
Latest News about Zimbabwean Permits – ZSP

This implies the choice outcomes on the new ZSP permits from Home Affairs have been finalized, prepared as applicants must be ready for set in various VFS Global Centers as from December 2014 by those eligible applicants who are Zimbabwean, and they may start tracking their program.

Nevertheless, on the subject of traveling during the festive season, his proclamations stayed too casual and fellow Zimbabweans must still need to shorten their holiday plans before 31 December to a date. The information at hand is that Zimbabweans can travel freely until 31 December to their state. They must do thus have filed their applications through the VFS Global outsourcing company of Home Affairs. We still await a press release statement that is clear from the SA Home Affairs that denounces the present existing provisions and contradictory proclamations.

For the dates after as from January 1st, the provision that has not yet been upgraded up to now be that Zimbabweans have to have for their outcome still in South Africa. Otherwise, they can’t be let back into the nation assuming a receipt when their permit has formally expired on the 31 December 2014 which they have applied for ZSP applications!

Further, we may include that ZIMID (SA), ZSP Permits Forum and the Zimbabwean Community in SA is now well represented and involved in an stakeholder meeting in Limpopo as it was also attended by Ldr Gift Eglone, Fbr. Mthokozisi Ndiweni and other representatives. The stakeholders’ meeting includes the contribution of Jesuit Refugee Services Representatives, Home Affairs Supervisors, the Regional SAPS Police Commissioner, Councilors and many more within Limpopo Province of South Africa.

The stakeholders’ meeting is an ongoing initiative concerning support for refugees from Zimbabwe, barbarous murders of Zimbabweans. Other pertinent problems impact Zimbabweans, especially within Limpopo Province such as xenophobic attacks, illegal immigrants and other foreign nationals.

We are indeed at the service of Zimbabweans at all times, and they have to feel free to make contact with us on any issues affecting them on the contact details attached with this particular press release. We really swear by great service deliverables to all fellows Zimbabweans, and guarantee to provide a brand-new people’s expectation even where there seems to be none notably to the Diasporas, who are meanwhile bankrolling the country of Zimbabwe through remittances while supporting their families back home!

This press publication statement has been issued by the ZIM-ID (SA) Team Diaspora in association with ZSP Permits Forum. We can be contacted on zim.id263@gmail.com or on the following numbers: 27 71 210 9685/ 27 73 812 5463/ 27 78 145 8776.

ZSP Online Application closes on 31 December 2014 – Apply now

DZPs will expire on 31 December 2014, irrespective of when it irrespective of expiry date mentioned in the permit and was issued.

The ZSP on line, application process should be finished by 31 December 2014.

Submission of applications and biometric enrolment in the application centers by appointment until 30 April 2015.

For those ZSP applicants wishing to travel during the holidays, please refer to www.dha.gov.za

VFS Global service fees: R800 (inclusive of VAT)

Department of Home Affairs Fingerprint Clearance fee: R70 (inclusive of VAT)

Procedure for applying for Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permit

Apply online until 31 December 2014 www.vfsglobal.com/zsp/southafrica

Schedule an appointment at VFS Global Centers to submit ZSP application & complete biometric enrolment until 30 Apr 2015.

Decision return by DHA at VFS Global Centers

For booking appointments call 27 87 825 0675 from 8am to 5pm Monday to Saturday, or log on to www. vfsglobal.com/zsp/southafrica, or email queries to info.zsp@vfshelpline.com

Latest Update 

ZSP Permits updates and suggestions

Please kindly consider the following article as worth the standard of news and well suited for publication purposes in your widely read news network. We have made similar requests previously and we are grateful for the favorable response we got from some of the news networks such as your own. The current article reads as follows:

ZSP PERMITS: The need of fluent multi-lingual Zimbabweans as call centre agents!

Now that the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP) renewal dispensation has officially been running for about two weeks, most affected Zimbabweans have at least some story to tell by now about the process. The experiences from those who have completed the first phase or made an attempt at the process have no such a good story to tell from updates in the quick surveys. The primary concerns are on the frustrating website downtimes and call centre traffic congestion. The very fact that the first stage is an internet-based online process brings along serious specific technicalities in itself to the applicants who are not technology savvy and computer literate for this Do-It-Yourself (DIY) approach to the permit renewals.

Our major concern, however, is on the failure to also temporarily engage or contract multi-lingual Zimbabweans to handle specific queries and the dissemination of other critical information related to this process especially in the call centre section of the Department of Home Affairs (SA) through its outsourcing company VFS Global. As a matter of fact, most Zimbabweans are earning a living from call centre types of jobs and their work permits are still valid for the duration of this same process. It is a public secret that this “final dispensation” process is absolutely meant to benefit only Zimbabweans. They cannot expect to receive a call from Chinese or Nigerian national making enquiries on this type of permit, except in less than one-percent (1%) isolated cases where other such foreign nationals are in possessions of “fake” Zimbabwean documents and also benefited from the process in 2010.

It can be statistically supported that not less than 70% of the holders of these permit-types are not the really well-educated Zimbabweans who can be expected to be so fluent in English to get all the necessary information or clarity they may require over a phone call or through a newspaper. It is a quick fact that some completed only Grade 7, whilst others failed the very same English at O’ Level before leaving for South Africa. In any case, proficiency by an African in writing and speaking English doesn’t make it their language of preference even where it’s not necessary! A large number of professionals who are Zimbabweans such as teachers, nurses, doctors and technicians to name a few were already holders of “regular” permits and did not really ‘qualify’ for the dispensation at the time.

Most Zimbabweans missed out on the amnesty in 2010 because of similar lack of proper or efficient communication methods. It was clear most people honestly did not understand what exactly was going on at the time or was being asked of Zimbabweans. As a result, the worst case scenario would be to make available all South African languages which have been programmed even to the voicemails as most of the Zimbabweans have assimilated themselves well enough to fluently speak and clearly understand some South African languages. Besides, most South African languages are spoken or close enough with most of the 16 official Zimbabwean languages especially if we consider languages such as Zulu, Xhosa, Ndebele, Venda, Sotho, Tswana and Tsonga.

Although some may want to debate whether the majority of Zimbabweans in South Africa are either Ndebele or Shona speaking people, the truth of the matter is that there is also a sizable number of Zimbabweans who don’t understand a single word of the former “two of the three” official languages. They even dismally failed any of those two dominant “mother” languages at school. The truth is we also have in South Africa those Zimbabweans who are purely Kalanga, Xhosa, Tonga, Venda, Sotho, Nambya and so forth who don’t understand a thing in Ndebele or Shona. Hence, fluent multi-lingual Zimbabweans are needed for communication purposes to be intrinsically part of this process to assist in the smooth running of this dispensation. We have such people who can fluently speak five or more of the 16 official Zimbabwean languages, and we know them! It is still not late to do so either, as South Africa has another recipe for disaster in its horizons.

There are a number of Zimbabweans who perfectly qualify to have their permits renewed, or stand a great chance of getting a new permit if it was declined in 2010 but are at risk of deportations because of missing critical procedures since this time around there’s “no appeal”. There is absolutely no margin for error! So, their permits are not going to be renewed or are faced with embarrassment simply because they would have skipped certain procedures, misunderstood specific information, arranged wrong documents and such other “misappropriate” actions due to a lack of clear communication lines with no one to assist timorously. The non-refundable R870 will simply be a donation. Mind you, this is in a foreign land where most people have no time for anyone else including their own siblings, it’s a survival of the fittest or a jungle as they say. The dominant mentality is such that l will help you now with your business, work and study permit but you get ahead of “me” in a few months’ time!

However, the blame as usual must be sufficiently apportioned to the Zimbabwean representatives especially Mr Kembo Mohadi of Home Affairs (Zimbabwe) who led the negotiation process for their obvious lack of sympathy and putting other selfish interests upfront. They misrepresented facts as always and clearly negotiated in bad faith on behalf of Zimbabweans. Making a request or even a demand that some multi-lingual Zimbabweans be at least call centre agents was not too much to ask or too difficult to negotiate. It isn’t wayward to believe that Minister Malusi Gigaba (Home Affairs, SA) has sufficient powers to enforce such a bargain if there was anything to that effect. Zimbabwean nationals are now paying for this process and it is no longer free as in 2010, so they deserve a good quality service that will benefit them with optimal satisfaction. Actually, the real cost of the whole process ranges from R1,000 to R1,500 inclusive of the mandatory R870!

The extra costs are from the internet for online processes, transport to interviews, and call charges to book an appointment or make enquiries, as well as fees paid to certain agents who are handling the process on behalf of applicants. Hence, a remedial action in this regard is needed as a matter of urgency and if the main worry is who will pay such call centre agents, we will take it upon our shoulders to seek volunteers or mobilise resources from Zimbabweans themselves and international organisations to pay for such multi-lingual service providers.


Had there been a caring people’s government in Zimbabwe it would even subsidise this dispensation process, if not also pay the proposed multi-lingual call agents for a mere 245 000 of its undoubtedly patriotic nationals who are not ashamed to be publicly associated with the collapsed country even in their well-established economies of current temporary residence such as South Africa. There is no doubt the benefits are largely trickling to the country of Zimbabwe more than to the individual concerned citizens themselves in the diaspora.

Moreso, some Zimbabweans are now at risk of being duped monies by some “agents” or experiencing identity theft from criminal elements who are offering to help in this equally time-consuming and complicated process whether in public internet-cafes or otherwise. Therefore, Zimbabweans are reminded and warned to be on high alert, but rather entrust such a process to known and credible SA-Zimbabwean Communities’ representatives if they need any assistance. It will be wise to seek assistance even from genuine public benefit organisations with representatives in SA such as the Zimbabwe’s Independent Democrats (ZIM-ID) through its ZIM-ID (SA) Team Diaspora, or any other such related civic organisations!

Tinotenda, Siyabonga, Taboka, Rolivhuwa, Twalumba, Thank you!!!!!


This article is released by Fbr. MTHOKOZISI NDIWENI in full sympathy with all the destitute people of Zimbabwe struggling for survival in South Africa especially the young people. He is the Firebrand-in-Chief of ZIM-ID Firebrand Youth with sufficient oversight role to the administrative portfolio of Diplomacy and Global Relations, and can be contacted on zim.id263@gmail.com or ndixam@gmail.com .

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