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ADVISORY TO ZAMBIANS TRAVELLING TO SOUTH AFRICA

THE High Commission of Zambia in Pretoria would like to advise Zambians travelling to South Africa to ensure that they book themselves in reputable hotels and other forms of accommodation to avoid falling victim to unscrupulous people.

We have noted with concern the frequency in which Zambians are victims of crime especially to those arriving at Oliver Reginald Tambo (ORT) International Airport and staying overnight to transit to other countries. Most of those who have been attacked book themselves in lodges around Kempton Park.

It is advisable that the travelling public, instead stay at renowned hotels around ORT International Airport.

The travelling public should also avoid seeking services from exposed points of sale such as Bureaux de Change or ATMs at airports of bus stations as this tended to attract criminals.
Airports Company of South Africa (ACSA) has provided bureaux de change in the arrivals halls which are more secure as these are inconspicuous. Travellers are, therefore, encouraged to obtain services from such points.

The advisory comes in the wake of reports of several Zambians being waylaid and robbed of their belongings and valuables as soon as they arrived at airports or bus stations.

Several reports have been received in the recent past with the latest being that of seven Zambian senior  officials travelling from Angola who were trailed from the airport to their lodging facility in Kempton Park in Johannesburg, where they were held at gun point and ordered to surrender all that they were carrying.

Zambians that travel by bus, especially those arriving through Kirk Street in Johannesburg’s central business district, should avoid carrying cash.

The Mission would also like to repeat the call to those going to meet church leaders in various parts of South Africa, to ensure that they make adequate arrangements before they travel.

It has been observed that several Zambians have continued getting stranded while in South Africa after running out of money and consequently going without food for days and spending nights in the open.

As a result of budgetary constraints, Foreign Missions are unable to provide funds for repatriation and the South High Commission is no exception.

We wish to advise and reiterate that citizens travelling and seeking faith healing and prayers from churches in South Africa must financially prepare to avoid being stranded and endangering their lives.

Based on the overwhelming number of cases of stranded citizens, we wish, therefore, to advise that those who intend to travel should first contact their hosts in South Africa so that they could gather all the necessary information pertaining to their trip. It would be important for travellers to make prior arrangements for accommodation, transportation, food and to carry money to last them the entire duration of their stay in South Africa.

Issued by:

Nicky Shabolyo
PRESS SECRETARY
HIGH COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA IN SOUTH AFRICA
Mobile: 00 27 810027548 Email: 
press@zambiapretoria.netnshabolyo@gmail.com

PRETORIA – 8TH NOVEMBER, 2016

ZAMBIA’S NATIONAL DAY OF PRAYER IS ON …

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2016 DIPLOMATIC FUNFAIR IS ON …

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TRAVEL ADVISORY TO ZAMBIANS TRAVELLING TO SOUTH AFRICA FOR PRAYERS

THE High Commission of Zambia in Pretoria would like to advise Zambians travelling to South Africa, particularly those going to meet church leaders in various parts of the country, to ensure that they make adequate arrangements before setting off on their trip.

The advisory comes in the wake of several Zambians getting stranded while in South Africa after running out of money. The Zambians are, as result, forced to go without food and to spend nights in the open.

The Mission wishes to advise that it does not have resources with which to repatriate the huge numbers of citizens that have continued presenting themselves to the High Commission in Pretoria to seek assistance.

Zambians planning to travel are advised to first contact their hosts in South Africa so that they could gather all the necessary information pertaining to their trip. It will be important for travellers to make prior arrangements for accommodation, transportation, food and to carry enough money to last them the entire duration of their stay in South Africa.

The High Commission further wishes to advise that the Republic of South Africa has amended its Immigration Act and this became law on May 16, 2014.

With effect from 1st October, 2014 (although a grace period was later given for the effective date), parents travelling with a child or minor under 18 years, are required to produce an unabridged birth certificate of the child, reflecting the particulars of the parents of the child. A parent travelling with a child and where one parent or both parents are deceased or the child is travelling with a relative or another person will have to prove that appropriate authority has been obtained. A minor travelling by themselves will have to produce a sworn affidavit by both parents or legal guardians as well as a birth certificate.

The law also states that a person cannot change from a Visitor’s Visa to another type of visa or permit without first exiting South Africa. Applications for change of conditions or long stay permits other than Visitors’ must be made at a Mission abroad – i.e. South African High Commission or Consulate.
It was previously allowed to apply for a Temporary Residence Permit whilst using a Visitor’s Visa but the amended law now prohibits any foreigner from applying for a temporary residence permit while in the country.

There has also been an increase in the administrative fines to be imposed on those who overstay or contravene the Immigration Act in any other manner.

Once the Visa has expired, foreigners face a ban labelling them ‘Undesirable Persons’ for periods of one, two or five years. If the period overstayed is 30 days then the penalty is 24 months.

If a person’s Visitor’s Visa has expired, they risk being declared an ‘Undesirable Person’ when exiting South Africa as immigration officials have now been authorised to ban any foreigners for overstaying even by two days.

Issued by:

Nicky Shabolyo

PRESS SECRETARY

HIGH COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA IN SOUTH AFRICA

Mobile: 00 27 810027548 Email: press@zambiapretoria.net; nshabolyo@gmail.com

PRETORIA – 26TH  JUNE, 2016

ADVISORY TO ZAMBIANS IN THE WAKE OF REPORTS OF HUMAN TRAFFICKING

THE High Commission of Zambia to South Africa would like to urge Zambians to be wary of exploitation whenever they travel to other countries, including South Africa.

The High Commission would like to warn all citizens, especially women, against being lured through false offers of employment or scholarships.

The Mission has continued to receive reports of trafficking of vulnerable people, especially women and children and would like to warn that there are criminals lurking out there seeking to entice unsuspecting and desperate foreign nationals, especially from the African continent.

There have been reports of Zambian children being trafficked and it is with this background that we would like to urge parents, guardians and all adults to ensure that maximum due care is taken whenever they have to allow minors to travel with other people or unaccompanied.

It has been observed that despite the commendable efforts of the South African government and other stakeholders to protect children from maltreatment, children have still remained vulnerable.

The High Commission warns that people should guard against getting lured by strangers who promise a better future as it might result in trafficking.

In the event of any approaches of offers of foreign employment, the Mission would like to encourage citizens to cross-check with relevant government departments in both Zambia and South Africa.

The Mission has learnt that victims are lured away from family and friends by the promise of a better life. They are forced to perform both legal and illegal work ranging from prostitution to street peddling to housekeeping and child care. Some victims are forced to work in restaurants, beauty salons and factories while others are drawn into submissive marriages or criminal activities.

Issued by:

Nicky Shabolyo

PRESS SECRETARY

HIGH COMMISSION OF ZAMBIA IN SOUTH AFRICA

Mobile: 00 27 810027548 Email: press@zambiapretoria.net; nshabolyo@gmail.com

 

PRETORIA – 15TH JUNE, 2016

ANOTHER ROUTE TO INVEST IN ZAMBIA’S PROPERTY MARKET

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MEDIA STATEMENT BY MINISTER OF FOREIGN AFFAIRS, HONOURABLE HARRY KALABA ON RECENT ATTACKS ON FOREIGN NATIONALS

Government has taken the matter very seriously and has strongly condemned these criminal elements who have taken advantage of an innocent situation to perpetrate these acts of violence.

President Edgar Lungu has taken stern action and ordered the relevant arms of Government and security wings to immediately arrest the situation in those areas of the capital city where these disturbances have taken place, and bring it back to normalcy.

In addition, the Minister of Home Affairs is under instructions to carry out specific measures to ensure the safety of all foreigners, as well as Zambian nationals, who may be affected by these spates of violence. While significant steps have been taken to ensure the safety of all foreign nationals, may I also take this opportunity to reiterate Government’s position to call upon all foreign national who may feel unsafe, to immediately report to the nearest Police Station.

I am also happy to report that, as at this morning, calm has returned to the parts of the city which had recorded instances of disorder over the past few days. It is important to understand that these recent unfortunate incidents must be considered for what they are: criminal activities being perpetrated by disgruntled and in most instances, misled individuals. Indeed such incidences do not project a positive image of Zambia, particularly at a time when the country and its citizens prepare themselves for the August tripartite elections. Let me emphasise that Zambia remains a safe country and shall continue to be so because this is who we are: a peace loving and God-fearing nation.

I am certain that the international community is well aware that Zambia’s track-record as a haven peace and stability, has in no way changed, and that is why these actions have received wide condemnation from all sections of Zambian society.

Zambia has a renowned record because its geo-political history and culture of receiving and accommodating nationals of other countries. It has been a long-standing privilege for us, as a country to provide safe haven for our many brothers and sisters, and indeed compatriots who have sought refuge in our beautiful country. This remains true today, and continues to be a strong attribute that characterizes who we are as Zambians, thus making our country an automatic and natural choice of destination within the region.

Our country is blessed and proud of God’s favour to be among the few African countries that have never endured any political instability while continuing to grow democratically through peaceful co-existence under the motto, One Zambia – One Nation.

Finally, the Government of His Excellency Mr. Edgar Chagwa Lungu, is committed to upholding democracy, good governance and the rule of law.

It is in this regard, therefore, that the international community should remain confident that Zambia, through the relevant arms of Government, will spare no effort to honour its responsibility of providing a secure and peaceful environment, not only for its citizens, but indeed to all foreign nationals who have chosen to make Zambia their home.

Thank you and May God bless Zambia

Lusaka 21st April, 2016

WE WILL END THESE ATTACKS, WE WILL WORK WITH ALL STAKE HOLDERS – President Edgar Lungu

WE have spoken of the collective shame of the nation at the recent criminal attacks on some foreign nationals in the wake of recent ritual murders.

We took time to address the now more than 300 refugees mainly Rwandese, Burundese and Congolese sheltering at St Ignatius Church parish in Lusaka.

I am personally ashamed that some of our citizens could take to such criminality to attack foreigners.

“I take full responsibility on behalf of the Zambian people. I also assure you of full protection and security of your person and property.”

The senseless violence in some parts of Lusaka are, in our view, acts of criminality rather xenophobic.

We will work with the United Nations, the Church and our communities to resolve the matter.

United Nations Resident Coordinator Janet Rogan and UNHCR Representative Laura Locaastro and Catholic priest Fr Chilinda accompanied us.

President Edgar Lungu
St. Ignatius, Kalemba Hall
LusakaLL END THESE ATTACKS, WE WILL WORK WITH ALL STAKE HOLDERS – President Edga

NOTICE TO WOULD BE DELEGATES TO THE 134TH INTER-PARLIAMENTARY UNION ASSEMBLY IN LUSAKA, ZAMBIA FROM 19 – 23RD MARCH, 2016

We wish to inform you that delegates will be given transport to and from the airport and to the conference venues and all official social events. Regarding accommodation, hotels are listed on the IPU website: www.ipu134zambia.zm. Delegates are expected to make their own arrangements regarding accommodation and pay for it. However, the local secretariat is always available to assist for those who have difficulties securing accommodation on their own. Please do not hesitate to contact the Secretariat on any issues requiring follow-up. Send your enquiries to: ipuzambia@parliament.gov.zm

We further wish to inform all those travelling from different countries to attend the Assembly that they will be issued with cost-free Visas at ports entry.

APPLY FOR YALI TRAINING PROGRAMME NOW!

I am delighted to again inform you that the Young African Leaders Initiative’s
(YALI’s) Southern Africa Regional  Leadership Center announces their next
training program scheduled for April 11 – May 6, 2016, at the University of
South Africa (UNISA) School of Business Leadership in Midrand, South
Africa.  I hope you will consider applying for this exciting opportunity
within the Young African Leaders Initiative; program content will focus on
Business and Entrepreneurship, Civic Leadership, and Public Management.

If you applied for the last session and were not selected, you are
encouraged to apply again. Those who have already participated in a
Regional Leadership Center program are not eligible to participate more
than once.  Please also share this information with any young leaders (aged
18 – 35) in your own networks.  Selection for the RLC programs is a
completely open, merit based process.

The application is available at https://yalisouthernafrica.melimu.com/ The
closing date for applications is *Monday, February 29, 2016*.   All costs
of the program will be paid by USAID.

Kind regards,
Diane

Diane Weisz Young
Young Professionals Advisor
USAID/Zambia
Office: 260-211-357-492
Cell:    260-969-341-070