Why airlines are still denying children boarding despite relaxed visa laws
It seems airlines around the world are still denying boarding to children without birth certificates on route to South Africa.
This is because of a travel advisory issued by the Department of Home Affairs (DHA), which contradicts the relaxation of the travel regulations published last year.
The Amendment to the Immigration Act was gazetted on November 30. It scrapped the requirement for children travelling with both parents on a foreign passport to carry a birth certificate when they travel.
Despite this, travel expert and publisher Dave Marsh says the department issued an advisory on its website stating the opposite of the amended legislation.
Marsh suspects something sinister about the contradiction between the Home Affairs advisory which circumvents South African law.
He says the DHA appears to have a hidden agenda, while the Tourism Department battles to make South Africa a family-friendly destination.
I've got reports of airlines continuing to disallow boarding who were underage in South Africa.Dave Marsh, Managing Director of Travel & Trade Publishing
The day after the regulations were gazetted, the Department of Home Affairs issued a travel advisory which says the opposite.Dave Marsh, Managing Director of Travel & Trade Publishing
Airlines cannot risk something that is so contradictory.Dave Marsh, Managing Director of Travel & Trade Publishing
Listen to the travel expert explain the confusion:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : Why airlines are still denying children boarding despite relaxed visa laws
Joanne Joseph spoke to Cipla South Africa CEO Paul Miller to find out more.Read More
The Save Our SABC Coalition says the public broadcaster must look at other measures before retrenching staff.Read More
Solidarity union says a lack of communication from the Department of Social Development forced it to take this matter to court.Read More
Philip Truter was granted R50,000 bail in the Palm Ridge Commercial Crimes Court earlier on Monday, after saying he was unemployed and could not get a job.Read More
Veteran actress Lillian Dube says Mary Twala was professional, down to earth and respected people - young and old - the same way.Read More
The ANC said Mashatile will isolate for 14 days so his health can be monitored.Read More
He and his mutual bank co-accused face charges including racketeering, theft, fraud and corruption.Read More
Wits University emeritus professor of critical care Guy Richards says SA is running into a crisis as the virus peak approaches.Read More
Health Minister Zweli Mkhize said that the national coronavirus command council would evaluate whether Gauteng needed to go back to a hard lockdown.Read More
Show host Clement Manyathela introduces himself to listeners on the new #CMShow.Read More