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Home Affairs Minister Hlengiwe Mkhize said this week that she will prioritize applications under South Africa’s critical skills work visa category and continue former Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba’s general immigration positions.
Background: President Jacob Zuma overhauled his cabinet at the end of March, moving Gigaba from his old post as Minister of Home Affairs to Finance Minister. Mkhize, who previously served as Deputy Minister of Telecommunications and Postal Services, took over atop the Ministry of Home Affairs.
BAL Analysis: Mkhize’s stated intention to focus on applications under South Africa’s critical skills work visa category is a good sign for employers intending to bring high-skilled foreign workers to South Africa. The cabinet shake-up last month raised some questions about whether Gigaba’s policies would continue under new leadership, and Mkhize signaled this week that she would, by and large, pursue similar policies. BAL will continue to follow the proposed immigration reform in South Africa under new leadership in the Department of Home Affairs.
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