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Thank you for tuning in to the latest Intergate Immigration podcast. Our aim is to bring you regular updates and news concerning immigration to South Africa.

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Thank you for tuning in to the latest Intergate Immigration podcast. Our aim is to bring you regular updates and news concerning immigration to South Africa.

    Immigration Frustration: Are the New Regulations so Awful?

    Immigration Frustration: Are the New Regulations so Awful?

    On 15th July 2014 you could listen to an interview on classic FM's Politonomy. You can listen to the recording here...

    • 31 min
    Interview with Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni

    Interview with Home Affairs Director-General Mkuseli Apleni

    On 03 June 2014 you could listen on SAFM.co.za to an interview with Home Affairs Director-General, Mkuseli Apleni and Intergate Immigration's Director Stuart James.

    • 49 min
    Africa Visas and Permits

    Africa Visas and Permits

    Hi I am Claus Lauter from Intergate Immigration, and as always thanks for joining me on our monthly podcast.



    Today we have the pleasure of welcoming Tammy Price, Africa Operations Manager at Intergate Immigration. Welcome Tammy and thanks for joining us.



    Hello Claus thank you for having me.



    So Tammy you look after the Africa side of things at Intergate?



    Yes that's right Claus, currently we provide permit and visa service to 8 African countries and the demand for additions to this keeps growing.



    Intergate are renowned for South African immigration what caused the expansion into African permits and visas?



    Africa is something we are very passionate about and an area we have been considering for a couple years. We deal with a great many international companies at Intergate and this is something they have been keen for us to offer but we wanted to ensure we did it right.



    So how did you approach it, I imagine some of Africa has some unique challenges?

    Yes Claus, it can be a challenge but much the same as any where else its about proper planning and execution, What is important with Africa is to make sure you have professional people, in situ, in the country of destination. We went through a very vigorous search and interview process to ensure we got the right representation in each of the countries we offer.



    So did you travel to the countries

    Yes we did. In fact much of last year was spent travelling through Africa, getting to understand the countries, the processes and of course completing our interview process for representatives.



    That must have been fascinating Tammy, which countries did you go to?



    Ghana, Botswana, Kenya, Zambia, The DRC, Namibia, Uganda. Nigeria and a few others.



    Any favourites?

    I can honestly say I enjoyed them all. What was amazing was just how welcoming all the people were and of course there are some amazing sights and sounds.



    So how does the service work Tammy?



    To some extend it depends on the visa or permit that is being applied for and of course each country is different in terms of its requirements. It all starts with ensuring eligibility, making sure the client understands the process and the costs involved.



    If all the boxes are ticked and we proceed with the application, we then collate all the requited documents and applications from our head office here in Cape Town. Should we need to submit the application in the destination country that's where our representatives come into play.



    So hows business been?



    The response has been superb and we have been kept busy. We have done applications in all the countries now and in some as many as 30 at a time. The feedback from our clients has been great, our appointed representatives have been extremely professional and thorough and we are looking forward to continuing to do a lot more.



    It can normally take a while to get busy with a new offering, why do you think its took off so quick?



    There is a few reasons Claus but the 3 main ones are:



    1. People and companies know Intergate and our 8 year track record. Knowing how we deal with their South African immigration needs means they are more than happy to use our services in other areas.

    2. ISO – we are the only ISO certified immigration company in South Africa. Having this international independent certification gives our clients the reassurance of tried and trusted processes, a customer focus and the knowledge that ongoing auditing means we dont just maintain our standards but improve them.

    3. Our knowledge – other companies of course offer permit and visa services but they have never been to the country in question, first hand knowledge is imperative and gives is distinct advantage when it ...

    • 5 min
    Interview with Minister of Home Affairs Naledi Pandor

    Interview with Minister of Home Affairs Naledi Pandor

    On March 04. you could listen on SAFM.co.za to an interview with Minister of Home Affairs Naledi Pandor and our Intergate group chairman Nico Le Roux.



    The topic was "Are we closing the stable door on immigration, after the horse has already bolted?".



    In the interview the upcoming changes in South African Immigration law are discussed. If you missed it you will be able to listen to it here.

    • 47 min
    Homecoming Revolution 2014

    Homecoming Revolution 2014

    Hi I am Claus Lauter from Intergate Immigration, and as always thanks for joining me on our monthly podcast.



    Once again we have the pleasure of welcoming Mark Wilkes one of Intergate's Client Managers to our studio. Welcome Mark and how was your UK trip?



    Hello Claus its good to be back and the trip was very good thanks but its always nice to come home.



    So Mark today we are looking at homecomers and some of the challenges they face.



    Yes that's right Claus, its a subject we are very passionate about and I also want to share some information on the up coming Home Coming Revolution exhibition that we will be attending.



    Lets start there Mark – what is the Home Coming Revolution and how does that fit in with Intergate?



    Well we have been involved with Home Coming for a number of years and its basic ideal is that Africa deserves her skills back.



    On a freezing cold morning in 1999, Madiba stood on the steps of the SA embassy in London’s Trafalgar Square and looked over a sea of South African faces. “I love you all so much”, he said, “I want to put you in my pocket and take you home.” And so the idea for Homecoming Revolution was born.



    Now in its 10th year, Homecoming Revolution is expanding its one-stop offering to attract not only South Africans back home, but East and West Africans back to their respective homelands too.

    We are the appointed partner to Home Coming Revolution and handle all the enquiries that come in their website for both South Africa and other various African countries.



    And the exhibition Mark?

    Next years exhibition is in London and runs over the weekend the 15/16 March 2014. As the immigration partner we are delighted to be taking part and encourage all South Africans and Africans to come along.



    What can they expect if they attend Mark/

    Many companies exhibiting jobs, schools, property, products, services, investments and entrepreneurial opportunities in Sub-Saharan Africa

    1. Inspirational video content and story-telling of returnee case studies

    2. High-profile guest speakers who will update, inform, educate and inspire the diaspora on various issues relating to African business, economics, politics, and future scenarios in South Africa, Nigeria, Ghana, Uganda and Kenya

    3. Practical relocation, career and entrepreneur workshops

    4. An overall fun cultural experience with music and food



    And what do the exhibitors gain from it?

    Businesses operating in Africa that need talent and customers will find some great exposure and also some superb candidates for vacancies they may have and of course networking opportunities. The public sector organisations that attend also benefit from a great chance to connect with the diaspora.



    And will you be in there in person Mark?



    Absolutely its one of my favourite events and it also gives me the chance to meet lots of people who are thinking of returning home, help them with concerns or queries and of course give them a lot of information.



    I will also be offering them the chance to meet with me one on one so we can chat through their own individual circumstances.





    Mark it sounds a great initiative – where can companies and attendees find out more?



    They can of course contact me directly on mark at intergate hyphen immigration .com or visit the Home Coming website on www.homecomingrevolution.com



    So Mark people always discuss the brain drain but are we seeing any signs of a reversal of this?



    Claus the landscape has definitely changed over the years and we year on year see an increase in the amount of returnees. There has been a combination of push and pull factors that have contributed to that but you say that there is a huge amount of South Africans ...

    • 7 min
    Intergate Immigration interviewed by SAfm

    Intergate Immigration interviewed by SAfm

    Intergate Immigration interviewed by SAfm, South Africa's News and information leader on the topic of immigration to South Africa

    • 15 min

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