Home Affairs - Zimbabwean Dispensation Project
As you may have realised, Home Affairs has formulated a new policy with regards to Zimbabweans. There is a lot of misinformation out there, so please see attached a letter from Home Affairs explaining the new dispensation policy.

So how does that affect you?

Well it’s a quicker and easier way for a Zimbabwean to get a work permit. And once they have a work permit, they can legally stay and work in South Africa for up to 4 years – so no more semi regular visits to Home Affairs to get their refugee status renewed.

Now, if you employ any Zimbabweans, you need to send them to Home Affairs with a letter on a letterhead. Here is a suggested wording for the letter:

4 October 2010

To Whom It May Concern:

This serves to confirm that [insert name] (CTRZWE xxxxxx) is currently employed by myself as a housekeeper. This is a full time position.

Required information:
Tax number: insert your tax number
Contact Details: Tel: 021 xxx xxxx Email: This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it

[insert employee's name] currently has a Refugee Asylum status with permission to work; I understand that she is now applying for a work permit. Considering her skills and that he/she meets all the requisite requirements, I trust that you will consider her application favourably.

Please do not hesitate to contact us, should you have further queries.

Yours faithfully

[insert name]

It must be mentioned, that although the official documentation requires just a letter; we have had a few reports that some Home Affairs departments are also requesting a copy of the contract of employment – which must be verified by a Commissioner of Oaths – in this case, the easiest thing to do is to photocopy your contract of employment, take the original and the copy to the police station and have it verified. So, a bit of a hassle but not actually that complicated.

This must be completed before 31 December 2010.

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Download Home Affairs Release here. (PDF)