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SA govt could offer visa waiver for international graduates

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has encouraged foreign students in SA to consider working in the country.

Department of Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba. Picture: Home Affairs Twitter: @HomeAffairsSA.

CAPE TOWN - Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has encouraged foreign students in South Africa to consider working in the country to boost the country's skills development.

Gigaba addressed the International Students Conference hosted by University of Cape Town in Newlands yesterday.

He told the gathering more than 20,000 African health professionals who studied on the continent are either working in Europe or in North America.

Gigaba says the government wants to change this and his department will issue a visa waiver for international graduates with critical skills.

He says those who wish to work in the country will qualify for a long-term work visa.

Gigaba says the South African government is trying to retain African graduates on the continent.

The minister's also encouraged young South Africans to consider studying at universities in other parts of the continent.

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