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New visa regulations to be implemented in current form

Malusi Gigaba says the regulations are necessary to obtain full details of who enters and exits the country.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Picture: Sapa.

CAPE TOWN - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says new visa regulations will be implemented in their current form.

Gigaba met with the Western Cape Parliament's Standing Committee for Economic Opportunities and Tourism today to discuss the impact of the new immigration regulations on the province's economy.

The regulations make it harder for foreigners to travel to South Africa and stipulate children must travel with unabridged birth certificates.

Gigaba says the immigration regulations are necessary to obtain full details of who enters and exits the country.

He says government has a responsibility to ensure the safety of South African citizens and tourists travelling to and from the country.

"Every country is concerned about national security, about who is coming to their country and what their purposes are. We do not want to sit naively in South Africa and think we are immune to that."

The committee's Beverley Schafer maintains these regulations will affect the economy especially in the Western Cape.

To view the new regulations, click here.

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