China visa scam: SA government won’t give financial relief to stranded teachers

The 50 South Africans who fell prey to a work visa scam in China will not receive any financial help from their own government. That’s according to the parents who are fighting tooth and nail to get their children home.

Sucked in by the promises of Owen Wong – a man who claimed to represent a company called Sanda Youth International – the group thought they would be taking up a position to teach English as a foreign language to local children.

They arrived in the country without a hitch, but Wong convinced the would-be teachers that he needed their passports to finalise all of their work visas.
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Education in China: This is what you need to know

Today it is certainly not an exaggeration to say that literally thousands of South Africans gives school in Russia, the Middle East and Asia. Only in China alone there are hundreds of teachers in the one internet group of which I am the administrator, called South Africans Living In China. But it’s not without dangers and problems, as one of the members of the group recently found out. Madri Strydom was detained in Beijing for sixteen days before being deported to South Africa.

Madri was not the first South African to have been deported. Neither the first who did nothing wrong and yet the Chinese showed her the door. She will certainly not be the last.
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Onderwyseres van Alberton vir 16 dae in ’n Chinese tronk aangehou oor Visum

Hul droomervaring het in ’n nagmerrie ontaard, vertel Madri van den Heever, ’n onderwyseres van Alberton wat 16 dae in ’n Chinese tronk aangehou is.

As straf omdat sy onwettig gewerk het, sou Madri net tien dae in ’n aanhoudingsentrum deurbring, maar sy is uiteindelik 16 dae aangehou.

Sy vertel hoe sy ’n sel met sekswerkers en dwelmgebruikers moes deel en elke dag gestoomde brood “so swaar soos klippe” en waterige groente moes eet wat uit dromme geskep is. Sy is herhaaldelik ondervra, een keer terwyl haar voete aan ’n staalstoel vasgeboei is.

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South-Africa is one of the poorest performing regions on the Henley Passport Index

While South Africa remains an under-performer‚ Japan is the best passport to have and the Emirati are capitalising on tourism to diversify their economies‚ according to an index of global travel access. President Cyril Ramaphosa is targeting travel within Africa to improve SA’s future scenario.

Since reaching its highest rank of 35th globally in both the 2008 and 2009 Henley Passport Index listings‚ South Africa has dropped 15 places‚ now occupying 50th place overall‚ offering 102 destinations with visa-free access.
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Visas for South Africans: Do you need a visa to travel to Australia and what does it cost?

Australia is a popular travel destination for South Africans, whether for vacationing or on a more permanent basis.

The political uncertainty of recent years saw a bit of a spike in the country’s citizens seeking to settle elsewhere, with the land Down Under getting a decent chunk of Saffers moving to its shores.

Most recently, one of former President Jacob Zuma’s bloodiest cabinet reshuffles saw Australian visa requests from South African surge by up to three times, following the axing of Public Enterprises Minister, Pravin Gordhan from his previous post as Finance Minister.
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South Africa to tighten Visa Requirements For Israeli Citizens After Gaza Attack

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has condemned Monday’s carnage in the Gaza Strip as ‘an act of provocation and a violation of international law’.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says he will raise, in Cabinet, the possibility of tighter visa requirements for Israeli citizens and the question of South Africans with dual citizenship who “fight in wars that South Africa regards as unjust”.
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SA plans to ease visa admin for holders of valid US, UK or Canadian visas

When it comes to making it easier for key markets to visit South Africa as well as concluding key travel business deals, the “proof is in the doing”, says Minister of Tourism Derek Hanekom.

Speaking to Traveller24 over the weekend after Indaba 2018 took place in Durban, Hanekom says he remains positive about tourism’s potential.

“Indaba was really excellent, having spent four days there and meeting with eight African ministers and one deputy, it was packed with a good turnout.”
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Can we assume that the ANC-regime is lying regarding asylum for white South-African Farmers in Australia?

A heavy debate was instigated on social media when reports where made public regarding retraction on asylum for South-African farmers.

This broadcast was spread early last week after the South-African government claimed a letter from the Foreign Minister Julie Bishop was a retraction of Mr Dutton’s earlier statements. However, it has come to light that the ANC-regime are deceitful regarding the true state of affairs and denies that white farmers faces violent crime and are targeted by criminals because of their race, or that they were facing political persecution. 

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Australië Maak ‘n Linksomkeer – versnelde visums aan wit Suid-Afrikaanse boere terugtrek

Die Australiese Eerste Minister, Malcolm Turnbull, het hom aangesluit by Julie Bishopp, sy minister van Buitelandse Sake, en aangekondig dat die Australiese regering Peter Dutton se standpunt oor versnelde visums aan wit Suid-Afrikaanse boere terugtrek.
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#GoToOz? Australia giving special attention to fast-track humanitarian visas for white South African farmers

Australian Home Affairs minister Peter Dutton says white south african farmers deserves ‘special attention’ due to the ‘horrific circumstances’ they face in South Africa. He told the Daily Telegraph on Wednesday his department was examining a range of methods to fast-track their path to Australia on humanitarian or other visa programs.

South Africa’s new president, Cyril Ramaphosa, is pursuing legal changes to allow appropriation of farm lands without compensation for redistribution to black South Africans.
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