There have been mixed reactions to the new visa regulations announced by the Home Affairs Ministry.
Breakfast Host Bongani Bingwa shared his thoughts on the regulations on Wednesday morning's show.
We were told on Friday by the president and the Home Affairs minister yesterday, that the country's stringent Visa regulations are about to be relaxed.— Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host
Gigaba, for example, said instead of requiring all foreign minors travelling to South Africa to prove parental consent, they will now only recommend this move.— Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host
The acting director-general Thulani Mavuso said yesterday on television that in the event that such proof would be required, you could produce something like a medical aid card and that could be accepted.— Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host
Bingwa recalled the pushback against these regulations in 2015 and the fear of the impact these regulations were going to have on tourism.
Yesterday, we heard Mavuso say that this was in line with the Child Act...what does the Child Act have to do with you if you are in New York wanting to bring your family on a holiday?— Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host
And how would you determine what those exceptional circumstances are going to be where you might be required to produce this proof?— Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host
Why would you even bother? How arbitrary is a document like a medical aid sound, is it all going to depend on what an official feels like at that particular moment.— Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host
And three years later, with hundreds of millions lost and even the president calling these regulations nonsensical, not even a smidgen of contrition.— Bongani Bingwa, Breakfast Show Host
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