The state of SA immigration has reached a point where reform is inevitable. Mozambique, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Tanzania, and probably soon Namibia, offer  visa-free or visa-on-arrival policies for Chinese visitors, the world’s largest tourism market.

SA’s e-visa regime is under severe strain. Only 3.2% of applications for e-visas, which are offered to India and China, are granted, the department of home affairs disclosed this year. Nearly 60% of rejected applications fail simply because they could not be processed by the date of travel...

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