2021-w2784 - 21 December 2021

Mgcini Tshwaku to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

How will his department, through its newly formed Border Management Agency, ensure that (a) there is free trade between the Republic and other African countries and that it does not act as a restriction, (b) there will be no stampede of truck traffic and/or of persons going in and out of the Republic to Zimbabwe, Mozambique and vice versa at the border gates, especially Beitbridge and Lebombo, to avoid the incident that occurred in December 2020 and (c) the security is reinforced at the other ports of entry, such as public and private airports, especially at the Fire Blade private airport, to ensure that there is no smuggling of the goods?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 21 Dec 2021

 

(a). Based on section 5 of the Border Management Authority Act, the Authority is required by law to ensure the effective management of the movement of people, goods and services across the country’s Ports of Entry (PoE). Therefore, the establishment of the Authority is intended to improve efficiencies in the facilitation of trade between South African and the rest of the African continent ...

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2021-w2730 - 21 December 2021

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) Given that it can take several months to get an appointment to apply for a passport and then 12 to 24 months to process such applications, what plans are in place to reduce this unacceptable turnaround time; (2) whether he has considered an online application system for passport renewals from overseas countries with a large number of South African citizens with biometrics to be done at the relevant offices of his department at a South African consulate, embassy, mission and visa and/or permit facilitation centre; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details? NW3245E

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 21 Dec 2021

 

    1. The department is considering various options including the usage of third parties (e.g. courier companies) to facilitate the turnaround times for passport applications abroad in the interim, while the long-term include the deployment of e-Home Affairs and Live Capture abroad.
    2. The department is in the process to establish the viability of extending the online passport application systems abroad which will significantly shorten the ...
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2021-w2729 - 21 December 2021

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What was the total amount of (a) bonuses and (b) benefits paid to employees of his department in the 2020-21 financial year who (i) were on suspension and/or (ii) resigned while under internal investigation?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 21 Dec 2021

 

  1. A total of R 11 504 666, 67 bonuses has been paid during the 2020-21 financial year for the 2019/20 Performance management cycle.
  2. The following amounts were paid iro benefits to employees:
    1. R 1 109 654,60 paid to employees who were on suspension
    2. R 1 788 516,00 paid to employees who have resigned while under internal investigation.

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2021-w2447 - 02 December 2021

Willem Frederik Faber to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether foreign nationals from all countries will be allowed to submit new South African permanent residency permit applications through Visa Facilitation Services Global from 1 January 2022; if not, which foreign nationalities will be excluded?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 2 Dec 2021

Submission of new South African permanent residency permit applications through Visa Facilitation Services Global will be opened for all foreign nationals who qualifies to apply for permanent residence on any of the categories of permanent residence. No foreign nationalities will be excluded.

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2021-w2368 - 01 December 2021

Laetitia Heloise Arries to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(What programmes has his department put in place to ensure that children of foreign nationals, who are born in the Republic, have access to all necessary documentation?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 1 Dec 2021

The Births and Deaths Act 1992, (Act No 51 of 1992), makes provision for birth registration of all children born in the Republic of South Africa. Section 9 dealing with Notice of birth in subsection (1) states that in the case of any child born alive, any one of his or her parents, or if the parents are deceased, any of the prescribed persons, ...

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2021-w2338 - 22 November 2021

Dion Travers George to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1) On what date was the Tender Bulletin last published; (2) whether there have been any delays in the publication of the bulletin; if not, what is the position in this regard; if so, (a) what were the causes of the delay in each case and (b) on what date is it envisaged it be published next?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 22 Nov 2021

(1) The last Tender Bulletin was last published on 29 January 2021.

(2)(a) The delays on the publication of the tender bulletin was as a result of the power surge that hit the GPW data centre on 4 February 2021, which damaged critical servers, resulting in the crashing of the eGazette systems and disabling the publishing of all Government gazettes, including the Tender Bulletin. ...

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2021-w2401 - 22 November 2021

Hannah Shameema Winkler to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What are the details of the progress made by his department with regard to e-visas?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 22 Nov 2021

The development of the eVisa phase 1 was completed in 2020/2021 financial year but the deployment of the system was delayed due to COVID19 lockdown and suspension of international travel. The eVisa system has been piloted in Kenya and India already. As at 29th September 2021, the eVisa system has been deployed in a phased approach and operational for the following countries, namely: Kenya, ...

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2021-w2152 - 23 September 2021

Liezl Linda van der Merwe to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

1)What is the current total number (a) of children who are undocumented in the Republic and (b) of the specified children are born to (i) South African parents and (ii) foreign nationals; (2) what does his department intend to do to address the problem of children being rendered vulnerable due to being undocumented; (3) on what date is his department anticipated to have completed the project of collecting the biometrics of children (details furnished); (4) (a) what are the relevant details of the project on identity management and the biometrics associated with identity management that his department has embarked on with the Council for Scientific and Industrial Research, (b) how is it envisaged that these biometrics will help with cases involving missing children and (c) on what date is the policy set to be implemented if it is only due to be approved in 2023; (5) whether it will be possible to add the biometrics of children who were born before the date on which the project was implemented; if not, why not; if so, what are the relevant details?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 23 Sep 2021

(1)(a-b) The Department does not have the records of undocumented children as the records at its disposal are of those who are documented; as such it is difficult to ascertain the number of the undocumented children being those born to South African parents or foreign nationals. Undocumented persons have to present themselves for registration on the National Population Register by the Department to achieve ...

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2021-w2118 - 23 September 2021

Joseph Job McGluwa to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether any measures are being taken to prevent the escape from justice of the 11 suspected instigators announced by the Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies, Ms K P S Ntshavheni, then Acting Minister in The Presidency, particularly across the borders of the Republic; if not, why not; if so, (a) what are the relevant details and (b) are there enough human resources and/or manpower to do so; (2) Whether the said intelligence is being shared across all security cluster departments; if not, why not; if so, on what date was the intelligence shared?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 23 Sep 2021

1. The task of preventing persons who face criminal charges is overseen by the South African Police Services. They ensure that the relevant details are recorded in the various departmental systems that can detect whether a person travelling through borders is a fugitive from justice. Further departments are meeting daily over the matters relating to this incident. There are relevant resources deployed for this ...

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2021-w2260 - 23 September 2021

Bhekizizwe Nivard Luthuli to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

In light of the fact that his department is facing a backlog that includes pre-COVID-19 permanent residence applications, and given that the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZPS) dispensation is set to expire on 31 December 2021, how does he plan to address the backlog of (a) permanent residence applications and (b) ZPS permit holders, with only a few months until the year is over?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 23 Sep 2021

a) The Department has not been receiving Permanent Residence applications since March 2020. An extensive project plan to address the current Permanent Residence application backlog at all delegated approval levels was developed and implemented. Staff are currently working overtime until end of March 2022 in an attempt to address the backlog.

b) The Department is currently consulting the various Government clusters where after a ...

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