The Standing Committee on Finance, Economic Opportunities & Tourism has secured confirmation from the Department of Home Affairs that it will appear before the Western Cape legislature to explain the delays in implementing a remote working visa.

Cape Argus report notes committee chairperson Cayla Murray (DA) said the briefing which is scheduled for next Wednesday will be broadcast live on the legislature’s YouTube channel.

The province has been campaigning for the introduction of the visa since May 2021 when it sent a comprehensive proposal to the government.

The proposal was for a short-term remote work visa for an initial one-year period, with the option to renew it for an additional two years.

Murray said this week: ‘It is especially urgent that Home Affairs provide an update on the implementation of a remote working visa, which has lagged since it was first announced in the 2022 Sona.’

At the recent SA Investment Conference, Ramaphosa announced several reforms to the country’s visa regime.

These included decentralising the adjudication of visa applications to foreign missions and the introduction of new visa categories for remote workers and start-ups to attract entrepreneurs. 

Welcoming the announcement, Finance & Economic Opportunities MEC Mireille Wenger said: ‘Ultimately, reform requires follow through, and building confidence requires action, something which has been lacking by the national government to date.’

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