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MotsoalediEngineering News reports that Department of Home Affairs (DHA) Minister Aaron Motsoaledi on Tuesday denied that his department had cancelled the Critical Skills Work Visa and emphasised its importance.

He said the department was “worried” about rumours around this and also noted confusion between the General Work Visa and the Critical Skills Work Visa. He added, however, that the DHA had changed the manner in which the Critical Skills Work Visa was operated. Motsoaledi was briefing the media on the amendment of immigration regulations. He recalled that in the past, a critical skills list was issued every four years and the DHA Minister was supposed to gazette skills that were critical to the economy of the country, “but Home Affairs does not have the capacity, nor the knowledge, nor the skills to know what is required. What Home Affairs does is go to the Department of Higher Education (DHE). The DHE usually asks the Human Sciences Research Council and the council works with other institutions, including labour market surveys, to put together a list of skills which they think are critical for the economy of the country.” He went on to indicate: “All we have done is that we said we cannot wait for four years to recognise a skill as critical; the Minister does it as is required. If any institution comes to prove to us that the particular skill is critical, then we gazette it.”

  • Read the full original of the report in the above regard at Engineering News
  • Read too, New Trusted Employer Scheme regulations make it easier for foreigners to work in SA, says Motsoaledi, at TimesLIVE

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