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Home affairs extends validity of asylum seekers, refugee status

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Qualifying asylum seekers and refugees have until 30 June 2021 to renew their expired visas and status online.

Home Affairs Minister, Dr Aaron Motsoaledi, extended the validity of asylum seeker visas and refugee statuses which expired during the lockdown to 30 June 2021.

The online extension is aimed at providing the extension of the visa service in a manner that contributes to limiting the spread of COVID-19, said the Department of Home Affairs, in a statement on Thursday.

The DHA started to offer the online extension service of asylum seeker visas and refugee statuses on 15 April 2021.

With the online extension, a holder of an asylum seeker visa (section 22) or a refugee status (section 24), is able to request an extension of visa validity through email, without having to physically go to a refugee reception office.

Having sent the email, the client then receives a response outlining the process to follow, a template and list of required documents.

Once all documents are sent and received at Home Affairs, the department will consider the request and communicate its decision by email.

“In cases where a request cannot be processed online and requires that the requester appear in person at a Refugee Reception Office, a letter stating that will be sent. This letter will provide such a person with the office name, date and time of their appointment,” said the DHA.

In cases of families, each member must submit a request for an extension individually.

“Multiple clients are allowed to use one email address. The principal applicant must sign extension requests of minors. The signature on those requests must be the same as the ones on the existing/expired permits.”

To request an online extension for an asylum seeker or refugee visas, a client will need to submit the following documents:

  • A signed template that has a permit number, full names and surname, and full contact details (an email address, mobile phone numbers and physical address)
  • Proof of physical address in a form of a utility bill or an affidavit confirming address.
  • A copy of the current visa. If the visa is lost, the client must submit an affidavit confirming that the permit is lost and indicate the previous permit reference number.

Requests for permit extension can be sent to the refugee reception office where last extension was made. The following are the relevant email addresses where requests must be sent:

Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Office

Cape Town Refugee Reception Office

Musina Refugee Reception Office

Gqeberha (Port Elizabeth) Refugee Reception Office

Durban Refugee Reception Office

Persons or organisations intending to verify the validity of a visa that was issued online may send an email to the following email addresses:

-. SAnews.gov.za

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Ivory Coast’s ex-President Gbagbo returns home after ICC acquittal

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Former Ivory Coast President, Laurent Gbagbo, has returned home, 10 years after he was taken to the International Criminal Court (ICC) on charges of crimes against humanity.

Mr Gbagbo has been living in the Belgian capital Brussels since his release from detention three years ago.

His successor and rival President Alassane Ouattara invited him back.

He was the first former head of state to go on trial at the ICC but was acquitted of all charges.

The 76-year-old was charged after his refusal to accept defeat in a 2010 election that triggered a civil war that left 3,000 people dead. He always denied all the allegations.

In March, the ICC appeals court upheld a 2019 acquittal, saying the prosecution had failed to prove its case against Mr Gbagbo and Charles Blé Goudé, an ally and former youth leader who was accused of leading a militia backing him.

 

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Rare Video Of The Point Between Lybia and Italy Where The Mediterranean Sea Does Not Mix

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Rare Video Of The Point Between Lybia and Italy Where The Mediterranean Sea Does Not Mix

Pedawan.com has chanced  On a New video Circulating online where the Mediterranean Sea between Lybia and Italy do not mix

Apparently ,the video has got Netizens talking considering the fact that the two sea does not mix though they are very close – In normal circumstances it should be mixing

This ,has been ,some of  the route for immigrants from Africa who want to enter Europe to enjoy supposedly Better life

 

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Former Zambian president Kenneth Kaunda has died

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• A former Zambian president has died

• Kenneth Kaunda was at the forefront of Zambia’s independence struggle

• He was 97

Dr. Kenneth Kaunda, a former president of Zambia, has died.

The man who was one of the men at the forefront of the struggle for Zambia’s independence from British rule died at 97, an announcement on Thursday, June 17, 2021, has said.

Also known as KK, former president Kaunda had been receiving treatment for an undisclosed ailment at a military hospital in Lusaka, reports herald.co.zw.

He recently asked for prayers from all Zambians and the international community when he got into the hospital.

Kaunda ruled Zambia from 1964, when the country got independence from Britain, until 1991.

He was one of the few surviving liberation heroes in the region.

His death has come at a time when Zambia is battling a surge in Covid-19 cases.

Source: www.ghanaweb.com

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