On Monday 25 August 2014, CoRMSA attended a Women’s Day Celebration Event under the theme ‘Women From Africa Coming Together’.
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.
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.
On the 30 July 2014, CoRMSA attended a roundtable discussion on The human cost of undocumented migration: Alternative to irregular entry in South Africa in Cape Town. This event was organised by the Scalabrini Institute for Human Mobility in Africa and Catholic Parliamentary Liaison Office.
On the 24 July 2014 CoRMSA held a Networking and Access to Health Care Services and Social Assistance Information Session at the Musina Municipality in the Limpopo Province. This information session was initiated by CoRMSA in partnership with our local member organisation, the Mesina Legal Advice Office.
Every year on 9 August, South Africa celebrates National Women’s Day, a public holiday that pays homage to All the women: the mothers, the wives, the sisters and the daughters who fought tirelessly against the tyranny of the Apartheid government and other struggles.
CoRMSA applauds all the women who rose up against the legislation that required black South Africans to carry the “pass” (special identification documents which infringed on their freedom of movement during the Apartheid era).