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SA Employers Of ZEP Holders Urged To Prepare For End Of Grace Period

SA Employers Of ZEP Holders Urged To Prepare For End Of Grace Period

South African employers of Zimbabwean nationals using the Zimbabwean Exemption Permit (ZEP) have been advised to start making preparations ahead of December 2022 when the 12-month grace period given to holders expires.

Chief Executive for the National Employers’ Association of South Africa, Gerhard Papenfus, said it is wrong and immoral that thousands of Zimbabweans, who are reliable employees, will lose their jobs. Said Papenfus:

There are different kinds of permits, and visas and just to make sure that your employees fall under this dispensation then you need to be prepared to terminate those employees’ services at the end of the year which is in our view very wrong.

It’s very unfortunate because these are very valuable employees in the hospital sector so business is very unhappy with this arrangement.

They work very hard and are very reliable. So this is a loss for the country, it’s very wrong and I think it’s immoral. So losing good employees is very difficult.

In November 2021, South Africa’s cabinet decided to end special permits that allow close to 180 000 Zimbabweans to live and work in the country.

The ZEPs were granted to Zimbabweans who moved to South Africa before 2009.

The temporary measure was meant to regularise their presence in the country and allow Zimbabweans access to services such as banking.

The one-year grace period expires at the end of 2022. The SA government says that in December all people under the permit, who fail to get other permits, must leave the country.

More: SABC News

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6 Comments

WILLIAM SONBOY CHINEMBIRI 1 month ago

I do feel sorry for Mr Papenfus because he is in business and knows that his business and a lot other businesses are going to suffer.

ZEP employees are honest and hard working employees who are committed to their work.

When ZEP employees leave, they leave vacant posts which shall be taken over by "new" employees who will start learning the ropes. Production is going to suffer.

I want to urge ZEP holders to apply for other types of permits open for application. It is unfortunate that Zimbabwe government can not give firm promises of employment to the returnees. Zimbabwe economy is in the doldrums.

[ EAST, WEST HOME IS BEST. COME BACK HOME ].

[ RETURNEES REGISTER TO VOTE AND VOTE CCC FOR REAL CHANGE ].

[ NGAAPINDE HAKE MUKOMANA CHAMISA ].

Yours sincerely
William Sonboy CHINEMBIRI
[ THE BUSH LAWYER. ].


Murccurrer 1 month ago

Vamwe vangadzoke havo asi baba Tencern havauyi vaye 😁😁


Biden 1 month ago

Come back guys and make Zimbabwe 🇿🇼 great again vachakufungai zvenyu, home 🏡 is always best,


sziva 1 month ago

Dzokai kumusha tizovaka nyika yedu,nyika inovakwa navene vayo,nerimwe zuva nyika yedu ichanaka.Rome was not build n a day.Ma South Africans tichawapa mabasa nerimwe zuva.viva Zimbabwe viva


sziva 1 month ago

Dzokai kumusha tizovaka nyika yedu,nyika inovakwa navene vayo,nerimwe zuva nyika yedu ichanaka.Rome was not build n a day.Ma South Africans tichawapa mabasa nerimwe zuva.viva Zimbabwe viva


1 month ago

Vanoita zvema paper dzokai vasina
Imbogarai henyu ikoko



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