The 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: