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FEDHASA applauds Minister Schreiber’s swift action on visa concessions

JOHANNESBURG, 04 July 2024 – The Federated Hospitality Association of Southern Africa (FEDHASA) applauds the swift and decisive action taken by Dr. Leon Schreiber, the new Minister of Home Affairs, to extend the temporary concession for foreign nationals awaiting visa, waiver, and appeal outcomes. This decision comes as a welcome relief to the tourism and hospitality sectors, which have tirelessly advocated for a more streamlined and efficient visa system.

“We are extremely pleased to see Minister Schreiber prioritise this critical issue so early in his tenure,” said Rosemary Anderson, FEDHASA National Chairperson. “This extension provides much-needed certainty for both businesses and individuals, including our valued ‘swallows’ and sends a strong message that South Africa is open for business and welcomes international visitors.”

FEDHASA recognises the significant contribution of “swallows,” or seasonal visitors, to the South African economy. Their extended stays boost local businesses, create jobs, and enrich the cultural fabric of our communities. The previous uncertainty surrounding visa extensions threatened to disrupt this valuable relationship and deter future visits.

“We commend Minister Schreiber’s commitment to clearing the backlog of visa applications and ensuring that future extensions or modifications to the concession are communicated in a timely manner,” Anderson added. “We believe this will encourage more ‘swallows’ to choose South Africa as their seasonal destination, further bolstering our tourism sector.”

FEDHASA sees the new visa concession as a positive signal of the Department’s intention to position itself as an economic enabler for South Africa. “We look forward to continued collaboration with Minister Schreiber and the Department of Home Affairs to further improve our visa system, attract international investment, and bolster tourism,” said Anderson.

***ENDS***

About FEDHASA 

Founded in 1949, a restructured and transformed FEDHASA (Federated Hospitality Association of South Africa) is recognised by Government as the official representative of the hospitality industry of South Africa. With industry support, FEDHASA remains the umbrella association for hotels, restaurants, conference centres, caterers, self-catering accommodation, home hosting establishments (B&Bs and guest houses), clubs, taverns, shebeens, suppliers and trainers, consultants and service providers to the hospitality industry. For more information, visit https://fedhasa.co.za/ 

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Kim Taylor

Email: kim@bigambitions.co.za

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