I am only now catching up with this latest installment of poor policy decisions:
Home Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor reportedly said in Parliament last week that, with Britain seemingly reluctant to lift the visa requirements for South Africans which were instituted amid the forgery of passports four years ago, this country might “consider reciprocity”.
John Robbie tweeted this morning:
Home Affairs looking to introduce visas for UK visitors. Tit for tat, or showing them we will not be bullied? Speaking to them at 6:40.
— John Robbie (@702JohnRobbie) May 22, 2013
In both cases, whether it is “reciprocity” or “standing up for ourselves”, it is madness to make it more difficult for people who want to come and spend pounds in South Africa. The UK is the number one developed country source of tourists to South Africa.
And Stellenbosch Prof Sanette Ferreira has already said that we probably do not have the administrative capacity to run such a visa system. Read the MoneyWeb story here.