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Big Brother Africa drops contestants over new SA’s new visa rules

Big Brother Africa drops contestants over new SA’s new visa rules

Big Brother Africa Drops Contestants Over New SA’S New Visa Rules


M-Net announced that two of their Big Brother Africa contestant will miss out on a chance to become millionaires, and they have the new South African visa regulations to thank for it.

While some might expect concerns over contestants traveling into the country from Ghana, one of the Ebola stricken countries, it is not the Ebola virus that has robbed them of their chance at riches but because of travel and timing problems associated with the new South African visa system.

Speaking from the Big Brother set in Johannesburg, the production company of Big Brother Africa Endemol said that the contestants from Ghana were dropped from the competition not because of Ebola concerns, but because the Ghanaians were – due to the new visa processing system - been unable to make it to South Africa in time for filming to start. To make matters worse, they are also unable to obtain visas that allow them to legally remain in the country for the full duration of the show.

Filming of the 9th season is set to start on 7 September and will be broadcasted on M-Net channels across Africa through the MultiChoice DSTV satellite broadcast.

In a statement Endemol South Africa says Ghana's contestants "have not been rejected by MultiChoice Africa or Endemol due to the Ebola scare" but that "The production company had no option but to find alternative Ghanaian candidates to audition in South Africa, as they could not hold up the process that lead up to the show."

According to the Ghanaian contestants they applied for their South African visas for the final stage of auditioning but their visas were not processed in time. There were also delays when contestants had difficulty producing additional documents such as bank statements.

Under these circumstances the applicants were issued with visas allowing a maximum stay of 30 days in the country, but since the possibility existed that they could stay in the Big Brother Africa house for the full 91 days of the challenge, organizers could not allow them into the house with insufficient visas.

 

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