As you may have realised, Home Affairs has formulated a new policy with regards to Zimbabweans. There is a lot of misinformation out there, so please see attached a letter from Home Affairs explaining the new dispensation policy.
So how does that affect you?
Well it’s a quicker and easier way for a Zimbabwean to get a work permit. And once they have a work permit, they can legally stay and work in South Africa for up to 4 years – so no more semi regular visits to Home Affairs to get their refugee status renewed.
Now, if you employ any Zimbabweans, you need to send them to Home Affairs with a letter on a letterhead. Here is a suggested wording for the letter:
4 October 2010
To Whom It May Concern:
This serves to confirm that [insert name] (CTRZWE xxxxxx) is currently employed by myself as a housekeeper. This is a full time position.
||insert your tax number
||Tel: 021 xxx xxxx
[insert employee's name] currently has a Refugee Asylum status with permission to work; I understand that she is now applying for a work permit. Considering her skills and that he/she meets all the requisite requirements, I trust that you will consider her application favourably.
Please do not hesitate to contact us, should you have further queries.
It must be mentioned, that although the official documentation requires just a letter; we have had a few reports that some Home Affairs departments are also requesting a copy of the contract of employment – which must be verified by a Commissioner of Oaths – in this case, the easiest thing to do is to photocopy your contract of employment, take the original and the copy to the police station and have it verified. So, a bit of a hassle but not actually that complicated.
This must be completed before 31 December 2010.
For further queries, please email
Download Home Affairs Release here. (PDF)