I am an attorney who often advises and assists Brazilian investors who want to set up shop in SA, and as such I operate in the trenches of President Cyril Ramaphosa’s investment drive. While Ramaphosa actively encourages investors to invest, for which he must be lauded, his ministers and their departments still go about making things as difficult as possible.

A few years ago the department of home affairs all but took away work visa applicants’ right to be assisted by professionals when they abolished immigration agents. Though the department did not take away visa applicants’ right to be assisted by attorneys, in practice home affairs officials started to refuse to deal with attorneys, ignoring that attorneys are not immigration agents...

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