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SA Chamber of Commerce says ‘doubtful whether new visa regulations will be effective’ but it will hurt Tourism.

SA Chamber of Commerce says ‘doubtful whether new visa regulations will be effective’ but it will hurt Tourism.

SA Chamber Of Commerce Says ‘Doubtful Whether New Visa Regulations Will Be Effective’ But It Will Hurt Tourism


The Cape Business News today reported that they doubted if the new visa regulations would be effective in dealing with the immigration crisis but it will harm the tourism industry.

Speaking to the media President of the Chamber of Commerce Janine Myburgh said, “Both the tourism industry and the airlines understand the damage that will be caused and they have rightly called on the government to rethink the regulations and whether they will be effective.”

“Tourism is one of the great success stories of South Africa and it is one of the few industries that continues to grow at a healthy rate. There is no need to interfere. It will be tragic if these unnecessary restrictions stifled this job-creating sector of the economy.”

Myburgh added that the Chamber felt it was doubtful if the regulations would be effective in dealing with the immigration problems sited by the Department of Home Affairs.

“The department believes that unabridged birth certificates will curb child trafficking but will it? How hard is it to forge these certificates? If criminals can forge university degrees and diplomas, they will have little difficulty in forging birth certificates. And remember the certificates are examined by immigration officials and not by forensic scientists,” added Ms Myburgh.

She also said that while the department has certain goals in tightening up the regulations but there have also been unintended consequences, and there will be more.

“In our [the South African Chamber of Commerce] view the unintended consequences will be much greater than any good consequences,” Myburgh said.
“We support the stance and action taken by MEC Winde and the Provincial Government in taking this matter to Parliament,” she said.

Last week New World Immigration reported on MEC Winde’s plans to petition Parliament to withdraw or delay the new visa regulations.

This week MEC Winde also went as far as calling the new visa regulations ‘impractical’

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