We have met with tourism sector to clear up visa concerns, says Hanekom

2018-10-06 09:30

Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom has met industry leaders over their concerns that changes to the visa regime, announced by Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba in September, were vague and unclear.

Hanekom: Low investor confidence because of state capture

2018-03-20 21:00

The current low investor confidence in SA is due to state capture and investors want to know what is being done about it, says Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom.

Malaysia scraps visa-free entry for North Koreans

2017-03-02 10:44

Malaysia's state news agency says the country is scrapping visa-free entry for North Koreans, in the latest fallout from a deadly nerve agent attack at Kuala Lumpur airport

Namibia set to abolish visas for all Africans

2016-07-26 13:38

Namibian President Hage Geingob has announced plans to abolish visa requirements for all Africans.

How to boost tourism in SA

2016-06-20 13:10

Hosting mega-events may not be the answer to boosting SA's tourism industry. Johan Fourie, associate professor in economics at Stellenbosch University, shares why and sheds light on what we can do to really better this vital industry.

Tourism in SA recovering rapidly, says Hanekom

2016-05-03 17:35

The tourism sector expects strong growth in 2016 after strict new visa rules reduced the number of arrivals in the previous year, says Tourism Minister Derek Hanekom.

Maynard: Stats show how Visa blunder cost SA – and the sensational rebound

2016-03-24 09:39

For reasons best known to Home Affairs Minister, five months after his appointment he effected a drastic change to Visa regulations that soon impacted tourism numbers.

Hotel groups seek growth beyond SA borders

2015-10-30 06:45

A common assumption is that the new stringent visa regulations, which were amended recently, were hurting companies operating in the local tourism industry. finweek looks at how industry players have actually fared.

Govt shoots itself in foot with visa rules

2015-10-25 16:53

The new visa rules in South Africa have boosted tourism arrivals in Zambia and Namibia, says a former director of the Tourism Business Council.

New visa rules a 'nightmare' for foreign students

2015-10-25 16:28

A user says she paid a personal and professional cost for new visa laws as students from abroad now battle to study at the university where she lectures.


Parliament welcomes visa reforms announced by Gigaba

2018-09-26 11:42

The visa reforms are due to be implemented ahead of the festive season because of their potential to create economic growth.

Tourism’s potential: A boost worth billions of rand

2017-03-16 13:01

While 10m tourists flocked to SA in 2016, experts argue that current visitor numbers are in fact 'not amazing at all'. Some say we could, and should, aim to double this figure in the next five years.

Confusion over visa processing huge hurdle for SA tourism

2016-09-02 12:40

Industry body South African Tourism says there appears to be a lack of understanding of the visa requirements for visiting South Africa.

Visa rules force SA language schools to shut down

2016-07-01 07:39

South Africa's lucrative English language school industry is starting to crumble with at least two Cape Town schools shutting down over the country's visa rules.

Tsogo profits up 12% despite visa rules debacle

2016-05-25 09:24

Casino group Tsogo Sun says while it was adversely impacted by the contentious visa regulations, it still managed to increase profit by 12%.

Home Affairs, VFS deny Gupta, Zuma link

2016-04-25 16:42

Both Home Affairs and visa application service firm VFS have denied any links to President Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane and Rajesh Gupta following claims by the DA.

WATCH: Parliament will be united on bill to cut red tape - DA

2016-03-04 09:24

National legislation could be passed that would cut red tape and prevent new laws that would hamper small business growth, like the recent visa regulations.

International tourism bodies laud SA visa changes

2015-10-26 18:55

Two international bodies in the tourism and aviation sector have welcomed the South African government's retake on the visa regulations.

Who's responsible for visa applications?

2015-10-25 16:44

A Fin24 user says the Department of Home Affairs and VFS Centres are passing the buck and making the situation so much difficult for foreigners.

Spotlight shouldn't just be on visas - Fin24 user

2015-10-25 16:25

SA needs a different approach to child trafficking than unworkable visa processes that deter normal travellers and hurt tourism, says a Fin24 user.

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