Passport deadline now May 20

passport_zimbabweJOHANNESBURG The Zimbabwean Consulate in South Africa has given the citizens who applied for passports in the neighbouring country up to May 20 to collect their travel documents.

The Consulate said in a statement last week that prospective passports holders should collect them at Edenvale in Johannesburg, while those who made their applications in Cape Town were set to receive theirs between Thursday and today (Sunday).

Meeting the new deadline by the Zimbabwean Consulate will mean that people will have about two months to complete their applications for freely processed South African work, business and study permits.

The South African government has set July 31 as its deadline for the release of the permits, after which it will resume deportations of those who remain undocumented.

Applicants were advised to collect their documents at 1000hrs, Monday to Friday, read the Consulate statement, adding that the documentation exercise has since come to an end.

All those who have received SMSs advising that their passports are ready should collect their passports at Johannesburg, 1 Essex Street, Beaulah Park International Conference Centre, before 20 May. Consulate officials will be distributing passports in Cape Town (Home Affairs, Boston Centre, Belleview) between 28 and 30 April.

Applicants were advised to bring their application receipt for R750 and Zimbabwean identity documents or their expired or valid passports. Parents and guardians collecting for children below 16years are required to bring the child’s birth certificate and parents Zimbabwean ID. Mxolisi Ncube

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