SA extends permits for 250,000 Zimbabweans until 2017
ZIMBABWEANS working in South Africa had received a reprieve after the South African government declared a brand new three-year work permit dispensation.
South Africa’s Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said the new Zimbabwe Special Dispensation Permit (ZSP) would allow permit holders to reside, work, conduct business and study in South Africa until December 31, 2017.
He said the ZSP was a temporary bridge which may finally allow the mainstream immigration procedure to be re-entered by all Zimbabweans in South Africa.
He said applications under the brand-new dispensation would open on October 1, 2014, and shut on 31 December.
Zimbabweans in South Africa have been facing an uncertain future following the government there announced that it wouldn’t automatically renew permits given under the Dispensation for Zimbabweans Project (DZP) in 2009. Permits given under that facility expire in December, and Zimbabweans were supposed to return home to apply for work permits that are new.