ZEP Permits for Zimbabweans in South Africa: Here’s what you should know

zep permitsThe Minister of Home Affairs, Prof Hlengiwe Buhle Mkhize, announced and introduced the new Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP permits) on Friday, 8 September.

Zimbabweans across South Africa breathed a sigh of relief at this news. Many had feared they would have no choice at the end of the year but to return to Zimbabwe.

While the ZEP is also only a temporary solution, it does at least offer Zimbabweans on ZSPs the opportunity to extend their stay in South Africa.

Here’s a roundup of all the most important details:

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What You Need to Know About Driving in South Africa

driving in south africaLike anywhere in the world, driving is one of the most convenient ways to get around in South Africa.

Thankfully most of the general duties of drivers on public roads will be more or less the same as in your country of origin.

For example, it’s also illegal to drive under the influence of alcohol in South Africa, and wearing a seat belt should still be your number one priority.

However, getting behind the wheel in South Africa will still be a whole new ballgame if you’re an expat or holidaymaker.

We’ve compiled a quick guide on how to succeed when driving in this unfamiliar territory in collaboration with Hippo.co.za, a car insurance comparison site:

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Meet the team: Katja Haslinger

Katja HaslingerKatja, one of our senior immigration consultants, is the perfect person to assist someone who wants to move countries. She’s done it many times herself. Katja grew up in Japan and Germany, with her student years spent in both Germany and the USA.

Katja’s also made time to travel to other parts of the world. It was during these travels that Katja passed through Cape Town, fell in love with the Mother City and decided to stay.

Fast-forward a couple of years and now Katja has spent 7 years at Intergate where she looks after our German and French-speaking clients from all over the world.

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The cost of living in South Africa: Your ultimate guide

cost of living in south africaThe cost of living in South Africa is a main concern for many of our clients. It’s not surprising. Anyone who is considering emigration wants to know that they’ll be able to maintain – or better – their lifestyle.

The good news is that we’ve done all the research for you. It’s all right here. All you have to do is read this article to the end to know how much you’re likely earn and how much:

  • Housing;
  • Utilities;
  • Transport and
  • Groceries are on average in South Africa.

Let’s start with salaries:

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The latest on scarce skills in South Africa – We need skilled artisans!

scarce skills in South AfricaThere is a shortfall of a number of scarce skills in South Africa. One of the areas affected the most is the artisan industry.

While government has started to actively encourage young South Africans to choose trade jobs, they’re also filling skills gaps in the trade with professionals from abroad.

This opens up the opportunity to foreigners in a trade to find a job more easily in South Africa.

Read more The latest on scarce skills in South Africa – We need skilled artisans!

6 Tips for setting yourself up for success when migrating to South Africa

migrating to south africaDo you have your heart set on migrating to South Africa? Do you want to know how to increase your chances of actually getting here and making it easier on yourself?

Then you absolutely have to read the 6 tips we have for you today. Let’s get straight to them.

1. Find out if you are eligible to live in South Africa

This might be stating the obvious but before you do anything else, you need to make sure that you do qualify for a South African visa (and thus migrating to South Africa). You won’t be able to enter South Africa without a valid visa or be able to work, study or do business without the appropriate visa.

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The latest white paper on international migration for South Africa

white paper on international migration south africaThe Department of Home Affairs released the latest white paper on international migration for South Africa in July. As is usual with white papers, it offers recommendation on policy and strategic interventions for future immigration legislation.

Seeing as the white paper is a massive 82 pages from start to finish, we though we’d summarise the contents for you.

Read more The latest white paper on international migration for South Africa

Meet the team: Vincent van der Waal

Vincent van der WaalAt Intergate we pride ourselves on being able to assist clients in 8 different languages. One of those languages is Dutch, with two of our senior immigration consultants being Dutch. They’ve been through the immigration process themselves, so they have first-hand knowledge and experience to share with our clients.

This month we’re introducing you to one of our Dutch consultants – Vincent van der Waal.

Vincent has been part of the Intergate team since 2012. Here he tells us more about himself…

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How long does it take to get a South African visa?

how long does it take to get a south african visaOne of the questions we get most often, per email, phone and even on Facebook, is ‘How long does it take to get a South African visa?’

You might have been wondering this yourself.

Here’s our answer to you and everyone else asking this question: There is no standard processing time for South African visas. Each South African visa works on its timeline.

The only way to know how long your visa would take to process would be to know which visa you’d apply for.

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Immigrating to South Africa? Intergate offers the full package!

immigrating to south africaMoving countries is not for the fainthearted. That’s why Intergate offers foreigners immigrating to South Africa access to visa, forex and banking services as well as property buyers’ agents.

Here we’ll discuss each service so that you can see how we can help you:

  • Intergate Immigration (visa services)
  • Incompass (forex and banking services)
  • SAHomeBuyers (property buyers’ agents)

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