In the absence of engagement of the affected migrants by both the South African and the Zimbabwean governments on how movements of people would take place, ADC said that dialogue is key
The Sunday Express
This week Captains of Industry led by Dr Danisa Baloyi and civil society organisations represented by Mr Ngqabutho Mabhena made representations on issues affecting the bulk of Zimbabwe’s migrant communities in South Africa.
The African Development Consortium (ADC) hosted the Inaugural Zimbabwe Repatriation and Investment Conference at Birchwood Hotel on the backdrop of the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit programme which is coming to an end in June next year.
Delegates discussed the many options facing migrants – and ADC has identified the need for dialogue amongst stakeholders that included migrants, government, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations, and businesses in the form of a one-day conference.
Home Affairs was represented by Acting Deputy Director General of Immigration Services, Mr Yusuf Simons and he addressed issues relating to the (non) renewal of ZEPs and said that he could not give much information as the case was now in court.
The Conference came at a time when the Zimbabwe Exemption Permit program is coming to an end and thousands of Zimbabwean migrants working, studying or running businesses in South Africa who do not qualify for other permits find
themselves with (in) voluntary decisions or face deportation back to Zimbabwe in June 2023.
In the absence of engagement of the affected migrants by both the South African and the Zimbabwean governments on how movements of people would take place, ADC said that dialogue was identified as important for all stakeholders that include migrants themselves, government, civil society organisations, non-governmental organisations, and businesses in the form of a one-day conference.
Participants were drawn from both Zimbabwean communities in South Africa as well as South African business people who have a vested interest in the welfare of Zimbabweans on ZEP or aim to establish business networks that will result in bilateral business collaborations between Zimbabweans and South Africans.
The African Development Consortium, ADC, NPC formerly known as the Migrant Workers’ Association (MWASA), The African Development Consortium, NPC, is a registered non-profit company focused on developmental activities in Africa.
Mr Maplanka said that Mwasa had been mobilising migrants in South Africa since 2014, and had assisted ZEP holders throughout the tragedy of the Covid-19 years to date.
While many ZEP holders were not against returning to Zimbabwe – many did not have information about opportunities, and others had requested assurances on investor confidence, empowerment, partnerships, and maintenance of existing trade and networks through mining, construction, agriculture, security, transports, freight logistics and cross border trade.
Panel discussions included Dr Baloyi, ADC Chair Butholezwe Nyathi, Brian Gezani Ndlovu, Nickson Sibanda, Zim Deputy Consulate Mr Chenge Murahwa, Mr Mandaza and other stakeholders.
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