Focus on Skills, Skills, Skills... and Tourism
So it appears that my optimism of December was justified – South Africa almost feels like a different country now compared to then.
From ratings agencies to presidency, from who is arrested, suspended and made to “pay back the money”, from foreign investment drives to the quality of land debates, even the pushing back of “Day Zero” for the Western Cape to 2019, we have been getting comparatively good news all over. Whether Minister Malusi Gigaba’s return to the Home Affairs portfolio was one of them remains to be seen, but rumour has it that he will not remain in this position beyond next year’s elections.
May President Ramaphosa follow the recommendations from the World Bank’s latest Economic Update on South Africa, according to which relaxing migration rules is one of three reforms required to reduce our tragic, world-leading inequality (this is because the demand for skilled labour has to be met for our economy to become more competitive, and because statistically, each skilled foreigner creates local semi- or unskilled jobs). May we see the fruits of the President and his administration’s efforts translate into our lives, may it rain aplenty, and may you all be well and your visa and immigration matters smooth and pleasant – we will certainly do our bit to ensure that.
As always, call on us at any time for advice regarding any visa process, latest immigration developments and rules, and practical solutions for any business staffing and visa needs!