South African visas for journalists

South African visas for journalists

In the past, many journalists opted for the exceptional skills work visa when on long-term assignment in South Africa. It was a perfect match, as one of the yardsticks to determine whether a candidate’s skills could be deemed as “exceptional” was the amount of media coverage the candidate’s work and career had attracted. Due to the […]


Permanent residency is not that permanent

Most people are unaware of the fact that a South African permanent residence permit (“PRP”) may be withdrawn by the Department of Home Affairs. South African residence permit can be withdrawin There are four prevalent reasons for the withdrawal of a permanent residency permit, namely where: A PRP holder is convicted of a serious criminal […]

South African Spaza Shops and foreign competition

‘Spaza’ shops and foreign competition

Minister of Small Business Development, Lindiwe Zulu, has ordered foreign small business owners to share their trade secrets with locals, or else. Foreigners who are entrepreneurs The minister’s comments come on the heels of a series of xenophobic attacks and acts of vandalism against immigrant ‘spaza’ shop owners in Gauteng. Minister Zulu is quoted as […]

South African visa - detention and deportation

Detention and Deportation – Know your rights

The South African Immigration Act No.13 of 2002 provides immigration officials with rather wide-ranging powers when it comes to the arrest, detention and deportation of illegal foreigners. In some instances, these powers have been abused as displayed in the case of Edward Samotse. Thus it has become incredibly important for foreigners to familiarise themselves with […]

South African Law Vs DHA

The Law 1- 0 Department of Home Affairs

In recent times, the Department of Home Affairs has held an almost omnipotent position in South African society. Frustrated citizens and foreigners alike have encountered the Department’s perceived lack of respect for the rule of law and will be pleased to hear that a new court judgment has finally forced Home Affairs to play by […]

DHA compromise on South African advertising immigration policy

Compromise for Advertising Sector

A recent agreement between the Commercial Producers Association of South Africa and the Department of Home Affairs promises to allay some of the concerns faced by SA’s advertising sector. Amendments to national immigration policy last year had stakeholders of the television and film industry apprehensive over losses in international revenue on account of onerous visa […]

South African company types -

South African company types

The Companies Act 71 of 2008, as amended by Act 3 of 2011, governs the formation of companies in South Africa. The most basic categorization is the division between companies for profit and non-profit companies. Sub divisions of South African companies Companies for profit can further be sub-divided into: state-owned companies, private companies, personal liability […]

Rolene Strauss Miss South African

South African wins Miss World

If the prospect of moving to South Africa wasn’t already attractive enough, then perhaps the recent crowning of our very own Rolene Strauss as Miss World might revitalize your interest in our marvelous country. At only 22, Strauss has managed to conquer the most prestigious beauty pageant in the world, while simultaneously being enrolled as […]

VFS Appeals - South African Immigration advice from Le Roux Attorneys

VFS centres closing for the festive season

In an unprecedented move, VFS South Africa has announced that its visa application centres will be closed from 19 December 2014 to 5 January 2015.  The closure will affect thousands of expiring-visa holders who will not be able to renew visas during this time. What is VFS South Africa VFS South Africa, part of the […]

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Nobel summit relocated to Rome

Fans and followers of the Dalai Lama who hoped to finally see his Holiness on South African soil will be disappointed to learn that the country forfeited the opportunity to host the Nobel Peace laureate’s summit this year after denying the Dalai Lama a visa for a third time. The summit, which was initially to […]