Mbeki foundation and Zim special dispensation

Posted on October 11, 2010. Filed under: News |

There are a couple of newsworthy items that have caught my eye over the last few days  – first of all, that former president Thabo Mbeki has launched his own foundation. According to reports that followed the event in Johannesburg, he repeated his famous “I am an African speech”, stating:

“I can think of no more noble objective to pursue, than the realisation of the aspirations of the peoples of Africa to rise from the ashes, to achieve their renaissance, to reaffirm their dignity among the nations, to depend on their native intelligence and labour to transform their dreams into reality, acting in unity as Africans.” (Full article here…)

Also, I have been watching with keen interest the roll-out of the new special dispensation introduced by Home Affairs, which aims to regularise the status of Zimbabwean migrants currently in South Africa, and may be extended to nationals of other African countries in future. This approached has been lauded by many, including by UN High Commissioner for Refugees Antonio Gutteres. (More here…)

According to Deputy Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba, features of the special dispensation include: a moratorium on current deportations of Zimbabweans, except in cases in which a crime has been committed; a one-year permit allowing work and study in South Africa; the extension of work permits to more general employment categories; and the opportunity to return fraudulent documents and re-apply for the correct permits. (Full article here…)

Previous research conducted by the Southern African Migration Project suggests that many migrants want to travel legally, and this system could potentially go a long way in assisting Zimbabweans to have the right documentation to visit, work and study in South Africa, although media reports suggest some challenges in implementation thus far…


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At last the government starts implementing the convictions underlying the our value-system of “ubuntu” and embodied our Constitution: Non-South African nationals have the right to live irrespective of their legal status. Entering and leaving the country, working and recreation, learning, studying and participating in developing our democracy – can function and will help reintegrate our country in Africa and in free world. Crime including human-trafficking would no longer be beyond control, if the government-officials would as a matter of principle meet every refugee with preparedness to enable him or her to find the protection he or she is seeking for; illegal practices would have no chance and people in need would not fall prey of dealers and gangsters. May “ubuntu” prevail!

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