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QUOTE OF THE MONTH

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“IT IS NOT HOW MUCH WE GIVE BUT HOW LOVE WE PUT INTO GIVING”
MOTHER TERESA

KEY HIGHLIGHTS

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The Republic of Turkey declared a 3 months state of emergency all over the country on 20 July 2016.

African Union decision to have Pan African visa for all Africans by 2018.


RIDDLES!

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WANT A DAY OFF WORK!

So you want a day off, Let’s take a look at what you are asking for.
There are 365 days per year available for work. 
There a 52 weeks per year in which you have already have 2 days off per week, leaving 261 days available for work.
Since you spend 16 hours each day away from work, you have used up 170 days, leaving only 91 days available.
You spend 30 minutes each day on tea/coffee breaks which counts for 23 days each year, leaving only 68 days available.
With 1 hour lunch break each day, you used up another 46 days, leaving only 22 days available for work.
You normally spend 2 days per year on sick leave and this leaves only 20 days per year available for work.
We are all off 5 days a year, so your available working time is down to 15 days.
We generously give 14 days vacation leave per year which leaves you with only 1 day available for work.
I WILL BE DAMNED IF YOU ARE GOING TO TAKE THAT DAY OFF!

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South African travel documents are granted in terms of the South African Passport and Travel Documents Act (Act 4 of 1994) and the South African Passport and Travel Documents Regulations of 1996 respectively. A passport is an internationally recognized travel document that verifies the identity and nationality of the bearer.

South African passports are issued only in Pretoria. However, applications must still be submitted or forwarded to the applicable South African Embassy.  Applications can take five (5) months to be finalized.

Temporary Passports and Emergency travel certificates are issued at South African missions abroad and both take one (1) week to be finalized. 

Please be advised that temporary passports are not accepted by some countries.  It is the responsibility of the traveler to inquire with the countries to be visited before applying for a temporary passport.  The Embassy accepts no liability in this regard.


Different types of passports and their requirements:


Regular Passport

Regular South African passports are issued to South African applicants who are 16 years old and older.

They are valid for 10 years and are not renewable.
Requirements

  •     Completed application form (BI-73) *
  •     Completed form (BI-529E) (www.home-affairs.gov.za/forms/citizenship/bi-529.pdf)
  •     Completed BI-9 (Fingerprint form) *
  •     3 Passport size photos
  •     Fee of € 15.00  to be deposited into the Embassy bank account
  •     Copy of present South African Passport
  •     Copy of South African ID Document
  •     If the passport is lost or stolen, attach translated police report

Child Passport

Child passports are issued to children who are fifteen years and below.  These passports are not renewable.
Requirements

  •     Completed application form (BI-73) *
  •     Completed Application form (BI-529E) (www.home-affairs.gov.za/forms/citizenship/bi-529.pdf)
  •     Completed BI-9 (front part – fingerprints not necessary) *
  •     3 Passport size photos
  •     Fee of € 12.00 to be deposited into the Embassy bank account
  •     Copy of present South African Passport
  •     Copy of Birth Certificate (applicable for first application)
  •     Copy of parents South African passports

Temporary Passport

Temporary passports, valid for one year, are issued to applicants who need to travel urgently while their permanent passports are being processed.
Please be advised that temporary passports are not accepted by some countries.  It is the responsibility of the traveller to inquire with the countries to be visited before applying for a temporary passport.  The Embassy accepts no liability in this regard.
Requirements

  •     Completed application form (BI-73) *
  •     Completed Application form (BI-529E) (www.home-affairs.gov.za/forms/citizenship/bi-529.pdf)
  •     Completed BI-9 (Fingerprints not required for minors) *
  •     3 Passport size photos
  •     Fee of € 7.00 to be deposited into the Embassy bank account
  •     Copy of present South African Passport
  •     Copy of South African ID Document
  •     If the passport is lost or stolen, attach translated police report

Maxi Passport

Maxi passports contain 64 pages for frequent travellers. They are the same as regular passports (valid for 10 years) except that they contain double the number of pages to provide for more visa pages.
Requirements

  •     Completed application form (BI-73) *
  •     Completed Application form (BI-529E) (www.home-affairs.gov.za/forms/citizenship/bi-529.pdf)
  •     Completed BI-9 (Fingerprint form) *
  •     3 Passport size photos
  •     Fee of € 30.00 to be deposited into the Embassy bank account
  •     Copy of present South African Passport
  •     Copy of South African ID Document

Emergency Travel Certificate

Emergency Travel Certificates are issued to South Africans who have to travel back home urgently for reasons of death, sickness or any other emergency.  It is in a page form and may be issued with validity ranging from a month to a year and only to be used once. Applicants for emergency travel certificates must also apply for permanent passports.
Requirements

  •     Completed application form (BI-73) *
  •     Completed Application form (BI-529E) (www.home-affairs.gov.za/forms/citizenship/bi-529.pdf)
  •     Completed BI-9 (Fingerprint form) *
  •     3 Passport size photos
  •     Fee of € 6.00 to be deposited into the Embassy bank account
  •     Copy of present South African Passport
  •     Copy of South African ID Document

Passport and Id Photo Specifications

* Note:  Forms BI-73 and BI-9 can not be downloaded and must be obtained from the Embassy