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Collection of Refugee Identity Document

On the 18 October 2014 CoRMSA, UNHCR and DHA held a stakeholders meeting at one of their member organisation Refugee Pastoral Care Boardroom, Berea. The purpose of the meeting were: Uncollected Refugee IDs Briefing. The meeting was attended by CoRMSA members, partners and various stakeholders including community leaders. Participants were briefed by DHA on how the dispatching of those uncollected refugee IDs will be processed. The process will take place in Gauteng and Western Cape Province.

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This week from the 20th to 24 October 2014 will focus on Gauteng and the following week from 27 to 31 October 2014 will be dedicated to Western Cape Province with the stakeholder meeting scheduled to take place on the 24 October 2014  between 10am and 12pm at  Customs House in Cape Town, Regional Home Affairs Office. Refugee IDs beneficiaries are welcome to attend this meeting and should bring their application receipt.

NB: This week has been earmarked for collection of Refugee IDs in Gauteng in response to efforts to get DHA to distribute the many IDs they have ready for collection at their office.

Please can you pass on the information to your colleagues, comrades, stakeholders, community members et al. that all refugees who applied for IDs before 31 March 2014 should go to Tshwane Interim Refugee Reception Office (TIRRO) in Pretoria Show Ground to check and collect their ID documents today and Friday.

This week is specially dedicated for refugee ID collections at TIRRO Office regardless of their nationalities.

The week of 27 to 31 October 2014 will be dedicated to Western Cape.

Your spreading of this message will be highly appreciated.

Collection of Refugee Identity Cards Processed before March 2014 in Gauteng Province

The Department of Home Affairs has embarked on the dispatch of uncollected Refugee IDs processed before March 2014. All concerned applicants are encouraged to visit the Tshwane Interim Refugee Reception Office to collect their IDs. Following is how the process is going to unfold:


Who is eligible?


Those who applied for refugee identity cards before 31 March 2014 at Refugee Reception Offices in Gauteng


When and where to collect?


Date: 20 to 24 October 2014

Venue: Department of Home Affairs

Tshwane Interim Refugee Reception Office (TIRRO) – Pretoria Showgrounds



What documents to bring?


Receipt of application of refugee identity cards together with the Refugee Status Permit


Zimbabwe Special Permits

Mr Jackie McKay, the DHA’s DDG of Immigration Services and the head of the Zimbabwe Special Permit (ZSP) called for a meeting recently to brief stakeholders on the progress made regarding the ZSP and share how application processes would unfold.  He indicated that ZSP will be open to every Zimbabwean national who applied for the Zimbabwean Dispensation Project permits in 2009, meaning even those whose applications were rejected would be allowed to reapply.

Applications will be made online from 01 October to 31 December 2014 and applicants will have to contact the call centre immediately after submitting the information on the website to book an appointment for in-person submissions. In-person applications (submission of required documents and biometrics) will be done per appointment only from 01 November to 30 April 2015. Adjudication of applications will take a maximum of 8 weeks. Applicants will pay R800 for the permit.

 ZSP applications can be made online at:

 Please contact for inquiries.

Women From Africa Coming Together: CoRMSA attends Women’s Day Celebration Event

On Monday 25 August 2014, CoRMSA attended a Women’s Day Celebration Event under the theme ‘Women From Africa Coming Together’.

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The event was held at the Metro Civic Centre, 158 Loveday Street, Johannesburg, and the panellists were the Deputy Minister of Home Affairs Honourable Fatima Chohan, CoRMSA’s Executive Director Ms. Sicel’mpilo Shange-Buthane, Executive Head of Social Development Mr. Wandile Zwane and MMC for Health and Social Development Clr. Nonceba Molwele.

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CoRMSA was tasked to address the participants on the Role of the Civil Society in Protecting Refugee and Migrant Women’s Rights in the Country, outlining challenges facing refugee and migrant women in the republic and what needed to be done to address those challenges. CoRMSA’s Executive Director Ms. Sicel’mpilo Shange-Buthane (pictured above) also encouraged civil society organisations to empower refugee and migrant women to claim their constitutional rights. Home Affairs Deputy Minister Honourable Fatima Chohan was the key note speaker of the day were she addressed the participants on various issues relating to refugee and migrant women in the republic, and in particular their involvement on economic development and cultural diversity. She also highlighted the fact that there is still a lack of women involvement in senior positions both in private and government sector and that African leaders should pave way for women leaders. Furthermore, she addressed the participants that the South African Government will continue to host refugees and migrants as the country is a signatory of and committed to international instruments.

CoRMSA welcomes the Department of Home Affairs’ decision to grant further protection for Zimbabweans under the Zimbabwean Special Permits

The Consortium for Refugees and Migrants in South Africa (CoRMSA) welcomes the announcement made by the Minister of Home Affairs (DHA), Hon Malusi Gigaba to grant further protection to Zimbabwean nationals who received permits under the Dispensation of Zimbabwean Project (DZP).

In 2009, the Department of Home Affairs introduced the Dispensation of Zimbabweans Project to regulate and legalise the stay of Zimbabwean migrants in South Africa. The process included the granting of a moratorium on the deportation of Zimbabweans and the granting of the 90 day stay in South Africa. In 2010, this dispensation was opened for undocumented Zimbabwean migrants to apply for the DZP permits that allowed them to legally engage in employment, education and business. The DZP permits were valid for four (4) years from 2010 with no renewal clause attached to them. DHA indicated that over 250 000 Zimbabwean economic migrants applied under this dispensation. These permits were due to expire at various periods in 2014.

The announcement to introduce the creation of the new Zimbabwean Special Dispensation Permits 2014 is welcomed. This is particularly important as various civil society organisations had over the past few years continued to engage with the department on what would happen after the DZP ends. This announcement has brought clarity to a community that was increasingly unsure of their fate in South Africa.