We have informed our clients and newsletter subscribers over the last few months that the Immigration Act 13 of 2011 (referred to the as the “Amendment Act”) would be coming into operation soon.

We also advise clients that a “consultative process” was initiated in February of this year where draft Immigration Regulations were published for comment by stakeholders, on a very short comment period. Various bodies including our professional body the Law Society of South Africa and its provincial statutory bodies made extensive input and indeed pointed out numerous potential unconstitutionalities and many administrative problems in the proposed regulations.

After that process there was a complete lull in information coming through into the public arena.

Then rather suddenly, on the 22nd May and late in the day we managed to obtain information that the gazette would be published on that very day and come into operation on Monday the 26th May.

Whilst we were aware of the amendments arising from the Amendment Act itself, the content of the proposed new regulations were largely not known.

Whether the Minister had taken cognisance of the considerable input made by stakeholders or not remained a huge question mark.

When the new government gazette appeared it contained a certain provisions, some of which has harsh realities as a consequence and which could simply not be predicted.

The purpose of this section of the newsletter is to give you a brief summary of these specifics.

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Human rights report card 2014

The Administrator May 19, 2014 South Africa

The Centre for Constitutional Rights takes pleasure in presenting its sixth annual Human Rights Report Card indicating where, in our opinion, South Africa has been making progress with regard to human rights and where it has been regressing.
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2014 marks 20 years since South Africa’s first democratic […]

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Stolen dogs resuced from dog fighters – could they be yours??

The Administrator December 17, 2013 Animals

The National Council of SPCAs (NSPCA) has found a silver lining in the dark cloud of dog fighting, having confiscated three dogs that may have been stolen from loving homes. The animal welfare organisation is now appealing to the public in an attempt to find – and reunite – the rightful owners with the lucky […]

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It’s nearly Christmas…

The Administrator December 12, 2013 General

Oh dear… it’s nearly Christmas already and you missed the last date for sending those overseas Christmas cards! Would they get there anyway??
Worry no more… just visit cards.co.za and choose from our huge selection of virtual Christmas cards. Send as many as you like! When you like! Postage free!

And while […]

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Thoughts on saving our rhinos

The Administrator October 25, 2013 Animals

Some thoughts on legalising the rhino horn trade from John Hume.

Photo credit: Rhinodotcom

It must surely be common sense that if you have a supply to a market and you cut that supply, the demand will find an alternative source of supply.

If we cut the supply of chickens from South Africa, the demand will find […]

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The cruellest cup of coffee you will ever drink.

The Administrator October 11, 2013 Animals

Kopi Luwak, the most expensive and cruellest coffee, is now available in South Africa.

Don’t buy this coffee

The NSPCA’s Wildlife Protection Unit is shocked and disappointed that Kopi Luwak coffee is being imported into South Africa and is being sold by some coffee shops and online retailers.
Kopi Luwak is made from the solid excrement (faeces) […]

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Desperate situation as animals starve.

The Administrator October 8, 2013 Animals

“Animals starving to death constitutes an emergency” is the message from the National Council of SPCAs to our Government. “You need to step in – and quickly.”

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Our Government was advised of the dire situation of animals starving to death in the Northern Cape in late July. The NSPCA went public with […]

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World Animal Day – United Nations recognition motivated

The Administrator October 3, 2013 Animals

World Animal Day falls on 04 October. It marks the start of International Animal Week and this year, the National Council of SPCAs is delighted to add our voice and support for official recognition of the day by the United Nations (UN).

The world-wide campaign which launches on 04 October has been initiated by the […]

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NSPCA launches new campaign for fuel.

The Administrator August 28, 2013 Animals

The National Council of SPCAs is launching a campaign to generate funding – for fuel!
“It is an essential,” explains Christine Kuch. “So often fuel costs are dismissed as overheads yet if the operational units at the NSPCA are to remain effective, funding for fuel costs is vital.”
The NSPCA covers areas where there is no […]

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Relief for starving animals – Klein Damrose area

The Administrator August 5, 2013 Animals

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The NSPCA sprang into action when it discovered that farm animals in Klein Damrose were starving due to the effects of the drought and lack of natural grazing.
Sincere gratitude is expressed to all caring and compassionate people who contributed.
Appreciation is also extended to the Northern Cape Department of Agriculture who undertook […]

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