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blsa thumb medium70 98The Citizen reports that new visa regulations, which will make it easier for people to come and work in SA, have been welcomed, but there are concerns about their implementation as the country does not necessarily have the resources and leadership required for effective implementation.

According to Busi Mavuso, CEO of Business Leadership SA (BLSA), in her latest newsletter, the new visa regulations are another positive stride forward for policy reform that would fundamentally alter the way work visas were provided in SA. The digital nomad visa will allow foreigners to come to SA to work remotely from here if they earn more than R1 million. The legal framework has now been put in place for a point-based system to replace the critical skills list. The criteria for the points system are due to be published by the end of April. Other changes include easing the requirements for police clearance certificates and other documents. But, Mavuso commented that, while the regulatory reforms were welcome and had the potential to make a big difference to how easily businesses could access foreign skills, she was concerned about whether Home Affairs had the capacity to do its job successfully. “Government needs a plan for how it will resolve the massive backlog in existing applications and then develop a change management programme for how the bureaucracy will become fit-for-purpose in functioning under the new regulations. We must ensure that the gap between policy and effectiveness is closed,” she pointed out.

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard by Ina Opperman at The Citizen
  • Read Busi Mavuso’s weekly newsletter, which covers the above, at Moneyweb

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