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SOUTH AFRICA EXTENDS LESOTHO SPECIAL PERMIT

By Staff Writers

Maseru, Oct 31 (The Night’s Watch) – South Africa’s cabinet has approved the extension of the Lesotho Special Permit (LSP) by another four years.

The current dispensation expires on December 31, this year.

“The extension will allow the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) to conclude its work in finding ways to address issues of migration, particularly for citizens from the Southern African Development Community (SADC) region,” South African government said in a statement on Thursday.

The statement added that the extension is only applicable to existing holders of the LSP.

“The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) will provide more details on the process to be followed,” it read.

The LSP project was launched in March 2016 to regularise Basotho living in South Africa, allowing them to work, study and do business.

Lesotho nationals working, studying or running businesses in South Africa and had been in the country in such capacity before September 30, 2015 were granted a special permit dispensation.

The initial application process for the LSP began in March 2016 and was due to end in June 2016.

There were three extensions culminating in the final extension to 31 March 2017 for all applications.

South African Home Affairs report issued in October 2017 indicated that 194 941 LSP applications were received out of an estimated 400 000 Basotho believed to be in South Africa.

“Out of these, about 90 225 were approved, 3 582 rejected,” the report stated. NW

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