Home affairs sets up unit to clear work permit backlog
Speedy granting of permits is seen as vital in the battle to attract the scarce skills SA needs to accelerate growth and create jobs.
Replying to a parliamentary question from Democratic Alliance MP Michael de Villiers, she said in the 2010-11 financial year there were 22676 work permit applications, of which 16639 were approved and 2643 rejected. This leaves a backlog of about 3000.
The backlog grew still further in 2011-12 with 20492 applications received, 11005 approvals and 2162 refusals, leaving more than 7000 unresolved.
Ms Dlamini-Zuma did not indicate how many of the 10000 outstanding applications over the two years had been resolved, meaning the backlog could be that high.