Home affairs insists an unabridged birth certificate is not needed for parents travelling with children, but apparently nobody told customs officials

The department of home affairs has reiterated that the requirement for an unabridged birth certificate for children travelling with their parents no longer applies, but the parents must still carry it anyway – in case customs officials ask to see it at ports of entry. This follows a huge outcry among travellers who claimed they were stopped at ports of entry by customs staff who demanded the unabridged certificate for their children, despite the announcement by the department it was no longer a requirement. The department of tourism recently said tourism supports about 1.5 million jobs directly and indirectly in SA. StatsSA figures for 2016 show the sector directly contributed 2.9% – or R125.1 billion – to the country’s gross domestic product (GDP). When the initial requirements were first issued, Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom took issue with the home affairs decision, saying the move would kill tourism in SA and impede economic growth. Home affairs was forced to back off. …
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Details of Irishman’s harrowing South African ordeal begin to emerge – Taking Lots of Cash to South Africa is a Bad Idea!

Stanley Currie, the 66-year-old Irishman who was reported missing in South Africa, has been found, disorientated and destitute, on the streets of Johannesburg. The search for Currie lasted ten days. Spearheaded on South African soil by the local Community Crime Watch organisation, and assisted by concerned family members back in Ireland, the extensive social media campaign aimed at locating Currie proved fruitful on 7 January. Looking for love on the wrong continent... Currie left Dublin on 28 December, bound for South Africa in search of a woman he’d been communicating with online for over two years. It’s this romance which proved to be Currie’s undoing. While it is not yet clear whether Currie made contact with the mystery woman, the Irishman’s brother Richard suspected that the meet up was all part of an elaborate scam, when first raising the alarm on Stanley’s disappearance. Richard explained: “On the 28th December Stanley boarded a flight to Johannesburg on a ‘one way’ …
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#LandExpropriation: South-African farmers are now leaving SA for Canada due to uncertainty created by the South African government’s move to expropriate land without compensation

Due to uncertainty created by the South African government's move to expropriate land without compensation, several South African farmers are migrating to settle in other countries, agricultural industry association Agri SA said on Wednesday. "This is extremely serious, and the knock-on effect on the whole economy is going to be there. If you don't have confidence [in an economy], why would you invest? Something else is also happening ... we are losing young farmers. They decide they cannot do this, they don't see a future to a certain extent," said Pierre Vercueil, Agri SA deputy president who is also a commercial farmer. "We see immigration [of farmers from South Africa]. You just have to go the embassies and ask what is happening. Over the last 20 years, we have seen the decrease in farmers' numbers from something like 60 000 to 35 000, and this is escalating. On Tuesday, Parliament by majority vote adopted a report recommending that Section 25 of the Constitution be amen…
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SA wen 36ste keer goud op die Chelsea-blommeskou in Londen

Suid-Afrika het Dinsdag vir die 36ste keer goud op die Chelsea-blommeskou in Londen, Engeland, gewen. Die Kirstenbosch-nasionale botaniese tuin se bekroonde uitstalling op die Royal Horticultural Society se Chelsea-blommeskou is deur Leon Kluge ontwerp, sê die Suid-Afrikaanse Instituut vir Biodiversiteit (Sanbi) in ’n verklaring. Kluge sê dit was ’n ervaring soos min om Suid-Afrika daar te kon verteenwoordig. “Om ’n toekenning te ontvang, is ’n bonus. Ek en my span hoop ons het Suid-Afrika trots gemaak en dat ons baie mense hier in Europa oortuig het om ons pragtige land te besoek,” sê Kluge in die verklaring. Leon Kluge, tuinontwerper, by die Suid-Afrikaanse uitstalling met die tema “ikoniese landskappe” by die Chelsea-blommeskou in Londen, Engeland. Die Suid-Afrikaanse uitstalling het ’n goue medalje verower. Foto: Facebook Kluge het die leisels vanjaar by die ontwerpers David Davidson en Raymond Hudson oorgeneem wat die Suid-Afrikaanse uitstalling op die skou die afgelo…
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SA plans to ease visa admin for holders of valid US, UK or Canadian visas

When it comes to making it easier for key markets to visit South Africa as well as concluding key travel business deals, the "proof is in the doing", says Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom. Speaking to Traveller24 over the weekend after Indaba 2018 took place in Durban, Hanekom says he remains positive about tourism's potential. “Indaba was really excellent, having spent four days there and meeting with eight African ministers and one deputy, it was packed with a good turnout.” In total 22 African countries were exhibited, with a total of 1 120 exhibitors representing “thousands of African products, along with 135 small businesses or hidden gems – who were incredibly enthusiastic to be on the same floor as the bigger businesses, says Hanekom. There were also an estimated 1 740 buyers at the event. “Between my many meetings, I covered most of the hidden gems and those in attendance were excited about being there, the networking opportunities as well as the marketing exposure…
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South African thespian, Pieter-Dirk Uys performs in London this May and June

Since 1985 satirist Pieter-Dirk Uys has performed in London (mainly at the Tricycle Theatre, sometimes at the old Donmar Warehouse and now at the Soho Theatre) around twenty times with his one-man shows; sometimes with his plays. It’s a city that knows him well and he returns to London in June, this time without his usual armour of false eyelashes, extreme characters and their sketches which helped to deflect the poison arrows of government censorship and political correctness throughout the years of apartheid and even now in the present kleptocracy of the Rainbow Nation. Now in his 72nd year, he no longer glances back at the successes and failures that have strengthened his belief in a constant improvement of his work, but at those small signposts that throughout his life subconsciously have pointed him in a right and original direction – growing up in a white South Africa with his Afrikaner father and his German-Jewish mother, confronting diverse influences on him from gran…
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A re-invented, revived version of SA’s best-loved shoe is now available in the UK and Europe

South Africans abroad – this good news is for you! - Actually, it’s good news for anybody who wants to own a pair of SA’s most loved and well-known shoes – the humble (and highly sought after) VELDSKOEN™ are now available online. A bit more about the shoe The company has revived and re-invented the classic brown leather shoe by adding soles and laces in eight bright colours. Now you can get yourself a pair delivered straight to your door all over Europe and the UK! The shoes – which come in red, green, blue, pink, yellow, orange, and the more traditional black and grey – launched in South Africa exactly a year ago, in April 2017, and will now be leaving tracks all over Europe after the official UK and European launch in London, at the end of April 2018. How the shoe was reborn Company founders, Nick Dreyer and Ross Zondagh decided to make their own, updated version of the South African classic in August 2016, while watching the Olympic Games. They saw that the South A…
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SA rugbyspeler vir hoë Engelse toekening benoem

ʼn Speler wat vir Suid-Afrika se naasbestes uitgedraf het, voor hy sy rugbyheil in Engeland gaan soek het, is vir ʼn hoë Engelse toekenning benoem. Ruan Ackermann (22), die seun van die Springbok Johann Ackermann, is een van vyf spelers op die lys waaruit die toekenning vir die Premierliga se vonds van die jaar gedoen sal word. Hy speel vir die klub Gloucester, wat deur sy pa afgerig word. Ackermann jr., wat deur sommige as ʼn toekomstige Engelse toetsspeler beskou word, is glo een van die gunstelinge om die toekenning te wen. Hy het reeds vier wedstryde vir die Barbarians gespeel – onder meer teen die Springbokke (2016) en die All Blacks (2017) – en het verlede jaar twee wedstryde vir Suid-Afrika A gespeel.
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Are you eligible for a British passport?

Fast facts about British nationality for South Africans - You could be eligible for British passport if you were: Born to a parent (father or mother) who was born in the UK before 1983. Born before 1983 to a parent who was born after 1949 – as long as that parent Was a British citizen, or Had a parent born in the UK Born in South Africa after 31 May 1962 but before 1983, and you have a UK-born grandparent Born after 1948, and your parents were married before 1949 and your paternal grandfather (your father’s father) was born in the UK Born between 2 March 1970 and 18 April 1980 in (Southern) Rhodesia, and you have a grandfather born in the UK.
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South Africans and the National Insurance Number

South Africans who are relocating to the United Kingdom sometimes get strangled in the paperwork and red-tape involved with their relocation. One of the topics on which the consultants at Breytenbachs Immigration Consultants often get questions is the National Insurance Number. We have compiled a short article for South Africans relocating to the UK, on the issue of the National Insurance number. The National Insurance Number The National Insurance (NI) number is unique for every person. You will keep your NI number for life, and the number will only be used for one person. It consists of numbers and letters and is allocated by the Department for Works and Pensions. The NI number is used by the HM Revenue & Customs and the Department for Works and Pensions to identify persons. The number also ensures that NI and tax contributions are recorded against the record of the correct person and that the correct amount of tax and NI are paid by every person. The National Insur…
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