2019-w1730 - 24 December 2019

Joseph Job McGluwa to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether he intends to revise the tariffs pertaining to (a) identity documents and/or (b) passports; if not, what is the reason for a zero increase in the said tariffs; if so, what effect has he found that any increase will have on (i) the citizens and (ii) his department?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 24 Dec 2019

(a-b) Yes. The intended tariff adjustments for identity documents (re-issues) and passports is envisaged for the 2020/2021 financial year.

(i) In revising the tariff structure, the Department considers, amongst others, socio-economic factors, the principle of inclusivity and service provision to the public since the Department is not geared to profit making. This is due to the fact that all base documents (first issues ...

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2019-w1393 - 24 December 2019

Liezl Linda van der Merwe to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What (a) number of citizens from (i) China, (ii) India, (iii) Bangladesh, (iv) Somalia, (v) Nigeria, (vi) Cameroon, (vii) the Democratic Republic of Congo and (viii) Ethiopia hold a valid visa and (b) type of visa do the citizens of each specified country hold?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 24 Dec 2019

(a - b) The number and types of visas issued to citizens from the mentioned countries are listed on the table below. This data is for the period 01 January 2018 to the 30th of September 2019.

Country – Category

2018

2019

Total

Nigeria

8010

4131

12141

Visitors

5840

3100

8940

Study Visa Section 13

1511

698

2209

Critical Skills Visa Section 19(4)

251

127 ...

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2019-w1588 - 24 December 2019

Liezl Linda van der Merwe to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(a) What number of applications for asylum seekers were received (i) in the period 1 January 1994 to 31 December 2014 and (ii) since 1 January 2015 remain unprocessed and (b) what is the country of origin of each asylum seeker?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 24 Dec 2019

a) (i) The Department only has statistics from 1998 as published in its reports and the totals are as below:

Year

Total

1998

11135

1999

31592

2000

12226

2001

16325

2002

24187

2003

41741

2004

41369

2005

43289

2006

53361

2007

45637

2008

207206

2009

223324

2010

124336

2011

106904

2012

85058

2013

70010

2014

71914

Total

1 209 614

(ii) As at 30 ...

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2019-w1648 - 24 December 2019

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether his department is committed to meeting the deadline for the international community to end statelessness by 2024 as set by the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees in October 2013; if not, why not; if so, what (a) steps has his department taken since 1 January 2014 to end statelessness in the Republic and (b) are the details of the plan going forward to end statelessness in the Republic by 2024?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 24 Dec 2019

Yes. In its commitment to end statelessness the Department has addressed gaps in its immigration and civil registration laws to assist stateless persons to acquire enabling documentation confirming their status within the country. This accorded status enables stateless persons to legally reside within the country and to apply for citizenship.

Section 31 of the Immigration Act, Act no. 13 of 2002 as amended, provides ...

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2019-w1456 - 24 December 2019

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether, with reference to the reply to question 379 on 5 August 2019, in which it was indicated that the date for the re-opening of the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office (CTRRO) is dependent on the finalisation of the lease agreement with the prospective landlord and the related project plan for refurbishment, the lease agreement with the specified landlord for the CTRRO has been finalised; if not, why not; if so, what (a) steps still need to be taken by his department to reopen the CTRRO and (b) is the planned date for the reopening of the CTRRO?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 24 Dec 2019

The lease agreement with the specified landlord for the Cape Town Refugee Reception Office (CTRRO) could not be finalised. The prospective landlord, who had been appointed by the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI) through its Supply Chain Management processes, did not sign the lease agreement and sent a letter withdrawing from the process. The letter was dated 16 September 2019.

a) The ...

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2019-w1717 - 24 December 2019

Adrian Christopher Roos to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

With reference to the Home Affairs Office in West Street, Centurion, what (a) is the expiry date of the lease agreement for the office building, (b) plans are in place to move to a more suitable venue considering the extensive population in the catchment area and (c) measures have been put in place to provide affordable parking for clients since the Gautrain station was built?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 24 Dec 2019

The mandate to manage immovable assets on behalf of government departments (including lease agreements) is with the Department of Public Works and Infrastructure (DPWI).

a) The expiry date for the lease agreement for the Centurion office is 31 May 2024.

b) The Department of Home Affairs has requested DPWI, as part of the long term strategy, to source state owned building or build per ...

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2019-w1627 - 24 December 2019

Michéle Odette Clarke to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

Whether his department and metropolitan municipalities have a memorandum of understanding in place to assist with the loss of documentation in an event of shack fires; if so, what are the details of the processes including turnaround times within the metropolitan municipalities;

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 24 Dec 2019

1. No, the Department does not have memorandum of understanding with municipalities in place to assist with the loss of documentation in an event of shack fires. However National government, has a crucial role to play in conjunction with municipalities as a form of redress, whereby the affected settlement was declared a disaster area, to enable victims to access basic services from the municipalities ...

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2019-w1056 - 24 December 2019

Mogamad Ganief Ebrahim Hendricks to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

(1)Whether he has been informed of the backlog in the issuing of birth certificates, identity documents, marriage certificates and permanent residence permits, including the delay in the issuing of documents to immigrants from India at his department’s offices in Mitchells Plain; if so, (2) What steps has his department taken in view of the many complaints from residents in Mitchells Plain, the broader public and immigrants who make use of services at his department’s offices in Mitchells Plain? NW2206E

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 24 Dec 2019

1. No, the Department is not aware of any backlogs pertaining to issuing of birth certificates, identity documents, marriage certificates and permanent residence permits prevailing at its Mitchells Plain office. It should be clarified that the Department’s office in Mitchells Plain deals with citizen affairs only, i.e. processing of applications mainly concerning identity documents, passports, birth, marriages and death in relation to ...

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2019-w1635 - 13 December 2019

Mimmy Martha Gondwe to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

How will his department ensure the seamless implementation of its modernisation programme, which depends largely on reliable and uninterrupted network connectivity, in the face of continued and recurring challenges with its network connectivity?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 13 Dec 2019

As per recent engagement with SITA, the Core and Distribution (Switching Centres) Networks have to be included in the proposed DHA Strategy and Investment Plan for Uninterrupted Networks. As the inclusion of the Core and Distribution Networks would not only affect DHA alone but the whole of Government, SITA has committed to host a workshop with groups of departments based on the pressing needs ...

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2019-w1695 - 13 December 2019

Nazley Khan Sharif to ask the Minister of Home Affairs

What measures is his department taking to assist the transgender community by speeding up the process of changing their sex designation legally?

Reply from the Minister of Home Affairs on 13 Dec 2019

The Department has an Act (Act no. 49 of 2003) in place which administers issues relating to transgender. The Department further participates in committees coordinated by the Department of Justice and Constitutional Development wherein gaps and other concerns identified by transgender communities are discussed and suggestions are made on how best transgender communities can be assisted.

Such meetings triggered a study tour for Government ...

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