Zimbabweans in South Africa

Zimbabweans in South Africa

Undoubtedly, as StatsSA has noted, there is anurgent need to recognize a national information source that can be relied upon for objective and sustainable data.Accurate data is critical to arguments and key policy decisions. The lack of data also contributes to be anti- xenophobia and migrant opinions.

When the South African government declared more demanding new immigration rules earlier this year, they started panic and doubt among many Zimbabwean expats living and working in the state. Some feared losing their jobs; others considered that it was nothing more than a ploy to force them outside.

It is like they are pursuing others out, they are killing us,a Zimbabwean immigrant told one paper.

On 12 August, the Home Affairs minister in South Africa, Malusi Gigaba belatedly attempted to calm those concerns, declaring that a fresh permit was created to re-register Zimbabwean nationals. Maybe most significantly, they are not going to have to return to Zimbabwe to apply for it.

Holders of the brand new Zimbabwean Specific Dispensation permit will likely not be ineligible for continue in South Africa until the end of 2017.

What’s the Zimbabwean Specific Dispensation permit?

The Zimbabwean Specific Dispensation permit (ZSP) is the successor to a permit issued as section of the Home Affairs section’s somewhat clumsily named dispensation of Zimbabweans Job (DZP) which was executed in April 2009.

The DZP’s purpose was to produce a record of Zimbabweans, who had, until then, been living illegally in South Africa. It was, likewise, meant to offer an amnesty to Zimbabweans, who’d been using deceptive South African identity documents. Most of the Zimbabweans living in South Africa had fled the political violence, instability and economic crises that had dogged their home country for at least a decade.

As a portion of the DZP, the Home Affairs department waived application fees and some permit conditions. Zimbabweans were also permitted to submit their applications without all the normal supporting files, like passports, to speed the procedure up. (In many cases, those records were lost in the scramble to security in South Africa.)

Applications for the first DZP licenses may be submitted from 1 September 2010 to 31 December 2010. Throughout that window Home Affairs had received 294,511 applications (242,731 were allowed, with 51,780 either rejected or not finalized) for DZP licenses study, to work or conduct company in South Africa. These were legal for four years from the date of the problem.

All DZP licenses will be considered null and void from 31 December this year.

What occurs when the present DZP licenses expire?

DZP permit holders who want to stay in South Africa have two options. Should they fulfill the conditions for a routine company, work or study visas they are able to apply for them. However, they should do this in Zimbabwe.

The next alternative would be to apply for the recently introduced Zimbabwe Special Dispensation Permit (ZSP). Only applicants who are on the DZP databaseeven when they were refused a DZP permitmay apply for the ZSP.

No new applications will probably be considered, and applicants must have a Zimbabwean passport that is legal and evidence of employment, company or accredited study.

The ZSP is going to be valid for three years. After that time is upward, all Zimbabweans with ZSP licenses will likely have to apply for regular work, study or company visas to be able to continue and will need to return to Zimbabwe to do that.

Applying for a ZSP permit.

From 1 October 2014, applicants will need to apply online through VFS Global, a global business the government has contracted to process the applications. Four new VFS offices will soon be started in Durban, Cape Town, Polokwane and Midrand to handle the large quantities of applicants anticipated, as well as the existing centers in Port Elizabeth, George, Kimberley, Bloemfontein, Nelspruit and Rustenburg. (Locate the office addresses here.)

The form is accessible by www. Vfs global .com /zsp/southafrica as well as the price of the permit is R870 per application for an adult; R800 for a minor. The sum may be paid in the VFS bank account or with a debit or credit card at a VFS Global office.

Applicants must fill in an Internet form and submit it before 31 December. Afterwards applicants have to telephone the VFS Global contact centre ( 27 87 825 0675) to schedule an appointment before 30 April 2015, while allowing enough time to get supporting files. Rescheduling will simply be permitted under exceptional conditions

At the appointment applicants should submit their application in person and digital photo and a digital finger scan will probably be shot.

Applicants must really have a clean police record but, according to Home Affairs spokesman Mayihlome Tshwete. They are not going to have to get a police clearance certificate themselves. VFS Global submits them to the South African Police Service for clearance and will compile a listing of names.

A ZSP permit is not going to be automatically issued as the application will be adjudicating by the Department of Home Affairs.

(VFS warns they are experiencing high call volumes and requested that applicants consult with their Frequently Asked Questions page.)

Attorneys for Human Rights (LHR) are accessible to help and inform applicants.

THE NEW ZSPZimbabwean Special Permit

On 12 August 2014, the Minister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Gigaba, MP, introduced the fresh Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permit (“ZSP“).


The old dispensation of Zimbabweans Project (“DZP“) will officially close on 31 December 2014. The expiry date of allDZPpermits which expire before 31 December 2014 is delayed until 31 December 2014. The expiry date ofDZPpermits which expire after 31 December 2014 is being brought forward to 31 December 2014.

DZPpermit holders who want to stay in South Africa after the expiry of their licenses can reapply for theZSP.”


V A valid Zimbabwean passport

v Proof of employment/evidence of business registration/proof of enrollment from a learning institution.

Vfs centers are the following designated:

v Durban: 91-123 Cowey Road, Essenwood

V Cape Town: CCMA House Whole Second FloorDarling Street

v Port Elizabeth: Office 7C, 1st Floor Moffet on Chief, Cnr 17th Ave and Main Road, Walmer

v Johannesburg: The Link, Old Pretoria Road, Halfway House Midrand (Entry Via James Crescent/Old Pretoria Road)

v Rustenburg: Von Wielligh 26, Bo Dorp; Kimberly: Unit 3, Building 2, Agri Office Park, N12

V Polokwane: 45 Nikkel Street, Industrial

v Nelspruit: Office 5F, Nedbank building, 30 Brown street

v George: Unit 5, Royal Eagle, 5 Progress Street

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




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