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South African eases inflow of travelers for business growth

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South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba on Tuesday announced measures to ease movement of people into the country to stimulate economic growth.



Gigaba made the announcement on Tuesday in Pretoria at a news briefing.

This follows the announcement by President Cyril Ramaphosa, earlier that South Africa would change the visa regime to make it easier for tourists to visit the country to reignite economic growth.

“We are simplifying visa requirements for countries such as China and India.

“This will make provision for taking bio-metrics on arrival in South Africa, allowing visa applications via courier services.

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“This should be in place by October 2018,’’ said Gigaba.

Gigaba pointed out that tourists create and sustain jobs in the country, and migrants bring critical skills like investors, doctors and researchers.

He said, “Easing movement in this manner will help in attracting larger numbers of tourists, business people and families.

“In order to further ease movement of travelers, for purposes of tourism, business meetings and academic exchange, we have implemented long term multiple entry visas for frequent travelers’’.

A three-year multiple entry visas for frequent trusted travelers to South Africa are being granted.

There is also a 10-year long term multiple entry visa for business people and academics from Africa.

South Africa is also in the process of easing travel restrictions for people from Nigeria, Kenya and Uganda among others.

The country is also trying to guard against the risk of few travelers who come to the country to commit organised crimes and terrorism, said Gigaba.

He said, “It is a challenge inherent in immigration management to detect, prevent and act against these risks without unduly inconveniencing law-abiding travelers’’.

The home affairs minister said foreign students who graduate in the country with critical skills categories are offered an opportunity to apply for permanent residence or critical skills visa. The skill list will be implemented in April 2019.

South Africa is also putting measures in place to ease travel for visitors from BRICS countries.

Gigaba said, “Business people from BRICS countries who require visas (China and India) are issued a 10-year multiple entry visa, within five days of application.

“They do not need to apply in person and can use courier services. This arrangement is meant to attract business people and prospective investors’’.

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Samsung to resurface Gear VR device with Galaxy S10

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Samsung spokesperson has expressed that they are ready to resurface a new lineup of Galaxy S10 phones with an improved Gear VR headset. adding that the Gear VR device will contain adapter that will  allow Samsung phones to access the device.



The designed Gear VR can accept several different phone sizes thanks to its spring-loaded catches, it still requires some conscious design effort by Samsung to limit the size and shapes of its phones to fit, and preload a certain amount of software so a Galaxy phone detects that it’s been plugged in.

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However, he admits that the features were improved due to the challenges the users observed on Samsung Note 9, where the user had to contact Samsung to get the adapter and the music of Elton John.

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Meanwhile Samsung  states it hasn’t given up on the brand. Which, to be fair, is also what its partner Oculus disclosed last September, pointing out that $19.9 Oculus Go doesn’t totally compete with the Gear VR, since apps that developers make for either one are 100-percent compatible with the other.

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President Ramaphosa to Sign South African Competition Amendment Bill Into Law

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will sign into law today the Competition Amendment Bill, which will strengthen regulations against anti-competitive behaviour in industrial markets.



The bill, which was approved by the National Assembly in October 2018 and endorsed by the National Council of Provinces in December 2018, is a step in the right direction for SMEs, economic inclusion and it opens up the economy to fresh investment and innovation.

It also provides a clear mandate to the competition authorities to address economic concentration in a balanced manner and to promote economic transformation, the Presidency said on Monday.

Additionally, the amended legislation seeks to combat concentration and economic exclusion as core challenges that contribute to slower and less dynamic growth, lower employment and greater inequalities, as well as socio-political conflict.

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The Presidency said this will enable a more effective approach to concentration, with a focus on improving outcomes for small and black-owned business, and strengthen the institutions involved in managing competition policy and law.

The signing ceremony will take place this afternoon at the Tuynhuys Chambers in Parliament. Economic Development Minister Ebrahim Patel, who campaigned fiercely for the bill’s codification, will join the ceremony along with a group of stakeholders.

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