Visitor visas to South Africa scrapped for seven countries plus 3 more major changes in the pipeline


The Department of Home Affairs is introducing a number of changes that’ll make it easier for people to travel to South Africa.

The Minister and Deputy Minister of Home Affairs, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi and Hon. Njabulo Bheka Nzuza respectively, announced these changes during the Home Affairs Budget Vote on 10 July. Read more Visitor visas to South Africa scrapped for seven countries plus 3 more major changes in the pipeline

Now is the time to buy property in Cape Town!

Just last year, it was a seller’s market in Cape Town. Today, things look much differently. The past month we’ve been seeing headlines such as ‘Property prices in popular Cape Town areas decrease’ and ‘Cape Coastal property lag benefits holiday investors’.

The price decrease has hit all the areas most popular with local and foreign property investors – from the Atlantic Seaboard to the Southern Suburbs. Read more Now is the time to buy property in Cape Town!

Overstaying your visa in South Africa

It used to be that anyone found guilty of overstaying their South African visa was slapped with a fine of up to R3000.

Then in 2014 the immigration legislation changed and much harsher penalties replaced the overstay fine. These penalties, still in effect today, was an ‘undesirable person’ status and a ban on entering South Africa.

Surprisingly, some people still think that paying a fine is the only penalty for overstaying a visa. You can imagine the chaos these people are dumped into when receiving a ban of up to 5 years. Read more Overstaying your visa in South Africa

DHA restricts short-term work authorization to 180 days per year

The Department of Home Affairs has issued a directive that restricts short-term work authorization (the Section 11(2) endorsement to visitor’s visa) to 180 days per calendar year.

Additionally, renewals within South Africa will be limited to only one per year, and a ‘cooling off’ period will be applied to prevent applicants from immediately applying for a successive 11(2) endorsement from abroad. Read more DHA restricts short-term work authorization to 180 days per year

Meet the Team: Natalie Samuels

Natalie SamuelsThis month we took some time out to chat to Natalie Samuels, one of our newest team members.

Natalie previously travelled the globe as an air hostess, a role that prepared her well for dealing with people from all across the world. Working as a client manager at Intergate, where she could continue using the people skills she learned, was a natural progression for Natalie. Read more Meet the Team: Natalie Samuels

9 Photos of South Africa showing off

South Africa is known as one of the most beautiful, unique, and vibrant places on earth – and for good reason! Where else do you find more than 3000 species of flowers in bloom in one area each year? Or lions, leopards, rhinos, elephants, and African buffalos? Yes, the Big 5 in one country.

We could write about South Africa’s charms all day but only photos would do them justice. Here’s South Africa showing off in grand style:

The locals of the Namaqua National Park

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Namaqualand is a semi-desert region located in northwest South Africa 🇿🇦, considered highly inhospitable for human beings due to the absence of water sources. Every year after the winter rainy season (which runs from May to August), just like a Fairy Godmother to her Cinderella, Mother Nature dresses the Namaqua National Park in a jaw-dropping kaleidoscopic frock of wildflowers🌷, reminiscent of an Impressionist painting. Check out 👉 our guide to South Africa and come discover the more than 3000 floral species of the park: http://bit.ly/SouthAfricaTravelGuides Photo 📸 by Cathy Withers-Clarke . . . . . #arrivalguides #lonelyplanet #southafrica #namaqualand #namaquanationalpark #capetown #africa #flowers #Nababeep #Springbok #Kamieskroon #Calvinia #tourism #photography #travelphotography #adventure #wanderlust #travelgram #explore #holiday #traveling #travelphoto #travelblog #traveladdict #tourism #mytravelgram #traveltheworld

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