All permits will now only be issued in Pretoria

2010-11-18 12:39

All study, work and business permits will now be adjudicated and issued only by the Department of Home Affairs in Pretoria to reduce backlogs, currently standing at 13 000.

Briefing journalists in Pretoria, director-general Mkuseli Apleni said the process excluded Zimbabwean nationals, whose applications were dealt with separately.

The department has appointed a new acting chief director, Jacob Mamabolo, to oversee the new permit process.

“Such backlogs have had a negative impact on operations of business that would bring into the country skilled workers from abroad to contribute to the economic growth plan of the country.”

Previously, such permits were applied for in provinces and regional offices across the country and sent to headquarters for adjudication, leading to backlogs because of the time taken to issue them.

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