Prepared for permits says SA

South Africa said this week it had prepared well enough to avoid the pressure that followed the rolling out of special permits for Zimbabweans in 2010.

Ahead of the permit renewal process that began yesterday (October 1) Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba said all was set for the Zimbabwe Special Permit processing for some 245,000 holders of the Dispensation for Zimbabweans Project (DZP).

No new applications will be allowed. “We, along with our application processing partner VFS, have completed all the necessary preparations to process all prospective applications for the ZSP. All the 10 ZSP Application Centres have been secured by VFS.”

Gigaba said 120 dedicated staff members had been tasked with dealing with ZSP adjudication. Zimbabweans were expected to begin applying online through the website “In response to concerns about computer literacy and internet access, we will monitor this closely to see if these become issues, and mitigate accordingly. We are confident that internet access is sufficiently high in SA.” added the minister.

The application fee is R870. The Migrant Workers Association said it would assist people with the process through a contracted company called Gem Meg Immigration Services.

“MWA-SA has realized that a lot of people don’t have internet access and they will be in danger of being taken for a ride by unscrupulous individuals. We have therefore, engaged Gem Meg Immigration Services, who have trained staff to ensure quality and accurate ZSP online process assistance services,” said Ezra Maplanka. – For more info contact Mwa-SA: Budget House (Boston), Office 301, 3rd Floor; No 130 Main Street, Johannesburg opposite Carlton Centre. Telephone: 011 074 8022 or 063 073 1370 / 083 348 5539 or email:

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