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Over 275,000 Zimbabweans Apply for Legal Status in South Africa

The first phase of a vast operation to legalize Zimbabweans who fled south across the border to South Africa during the past 10 years  of political and economic crisis has ended.  South Africa is scrutinizing more than 275,000 applications for permits from Zimbabweans who met the December 31 deadline, and says it will not deport any until the...

100,000 Zimbabweans Still Waiting For Passports in South Africa

100,000 Zimbabweans Still Waiting For Passports in South Africa An estimated 100,000 Zimbabweans still need passports to enable them to receive permits to stay in South Africa, People Against Suffering, Suppression, Oppression and Poverty (Passop) said on Wednesday. "As we were monitoring centres towards the end of the deadline we found people lacked Zimbabwean passports and documents," said spokesman Braam...

Zimbabweans Rush to Meet Deadline to Become Legal in South Africa

On New Year's Eve,  Zimbabweans were still lining up outside South African government offices, attempting to become legal citizens in South Africa before the deadline on Friday. The South Africans have relaxed many immigration laws to allow as many Zimbabweans as possible to become legal. Some of the Zimbabweans applying late Friday had neither...

Zimbabweans Rush for Documents Before S. Africa Deportation Deadline

Thousands of Zimbabweans living in South Africa are trying to legalize their stay before Friday. The South African government says after this deadline it will begin deporting Zimbabweans without documents but those who can prove they have begun the registration process will not be expelled. Large crowds of Zimbabweans were lined up outside South...

Four Days Left for Zimbabwean Immigrants to Register in South Africa

Illegal Zimbabweans living in South Africa have four days left to register for legal documents, the home affairs department said on Monday. "The final bells for the registration of illegal Zimbabweans living in South Africa are tolling with only four days left before the deadline of 31 December 2010 as set out by Cabinet," Home Affairs Minister...

South Africa Tapped to Join Bric Group

South Africa received a major boost for its international image Friday when it was formally invited to join BRIC, the influential federation of increasingly-powerful global economies that comprises Brazil, Russia, India and China. South Africa will attend the group's next summit in 2011 and the new group will be known as BRICS. The offer was...

New Film says Malawians Must Follow Proper Immigration Procedures or Risk Being Thrown Out

Malawi’s celebrated actor and comedian Michael Usi, popularly known as Manganya, has premiered a new film in the northern city of Mzuzu showing the dangers of going outside the country to seek employment without a work permit and other necessary documents. The film, entitled “Watch Out,” is about the experiences of a Malawian man trying to settle...

Finding Shelter from AIDS at Nkosi’s Haven

Some 30 years into the HIV/AIDS epidemic, stigma and discrimination continue to take a toll.  For example, in South Africa, some young, HIV positive mothers can find themselves homeless and shunned by their families.  But there is a place where they can find shelter. It’s called Nkosi’s Haven – named after Nkosi Johnson, a young, black South...

African Heads of State Witness Installation of Guinea President

A human rights activist said several African heads of state and government have arrived in Guinea’s capital, Conakry, to participate in the swearing-in ceremony of veteran opposition leader Alpha Conde as president of the West African nation Tuesday. Thierno Balde, president of Guinea’s Research Institute on Democracy and the Rule of Law, a non-...

South Africa Eases Deportation Threat Against Zimbabweans Seeking Work Permits

The South African government has announced it will not deport Zimbabwean migrants who can show they have applied to work legally in the country. But it says it will not extend the deadline for applying for the permits, causing concern among civic groups that work with the migrants.Activists working with Zimbabwean migrants have welcomed South...

Time Running Out for Undocumented Zimbabweans in South Africa

For the past two months, Zimbabweans living in South Africa have been lining up at government offices around the country seeking permits allowing them to work or study legally in the country.  There are an estimated 1.5 million Zimbabweans living in South Africa. With less than a month to go before the deportations are due on December 31, human...

South African President Jacob Zuma Sues Zapiro, Avusa for R5 Million

South African President Jacob Zuma Sues Zapiro, Avusa for R5 Million President Jacob Zuma is suing Avusa Media for R5 million for Zapiro's Lady Justice rape cartoon, The Times reported on Tuesday. Zuma started proceedings against Avusa, the cartoonist Jonathan Shapiro and former Sunday Times editor-in-chief Mondli Makhanya in a summons issued in the High Court in Johannesburg on Friday. The cartoon, depicting Zuma...

South Africa's Frigates and the Somali Pirates

South Africa's Frigates and the Somali Pirates There is increasing pressure on South Africa to join the antipiracy efforts off the coast of East Africa. Some say that modern warships acquired as part of the controversial post-apartheid arms deal could be deployed, but Anton Kruger, writing in www.the-african.org, asks whether South Africa really has the capability or the obligation to get...

South Africans Bask in Success of 2010 World Cup

Although the 2010 Football World Cup ended nearly six months ago, many people in South Africa are still basking in warm memories of the event, and most say it was the highlight of the year.  For the organizers and the South African government it was the culmination of years of hard work.  People in South Africa still recall the excitement of...

WikiLeaks Concern for South African Freedom of Information Activists

As WikiLeaks continues to release heaps of United States government secrets, freedom of information advocates in South Africa are concerned the controversy will spur the country’s parliament on to pass a controversial “Secrecy Bill” into law. “We’re concerned that the issues around WikiLeaks may drive the Ministry (of State Security) to suggest...