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Position:Special permits to make residence official
 
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Citizens of Lesotho can apply for special permits to make their residence in South Africa official. Applications can be made online at www.vfsglobal.com or at centres in every province.

The Lesotho Special Permit programme applies to those who were in the country before the end of September 2015.

"We want people to realise that this special permit is intended to make the lives of the Basotho people easier," said Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba.

"We call upon employers to assist in encouraging, facilitating and allowing their employees to apply for the special permit.

"The end result will be improved relations and cooperation between Lesotho and SA, and smuggling and human trafficking will also be more easily tackled."

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Former South Sudan foreign minister, Barnaba Marial Benjamin, denying that the government was considering refusing Ng'ok Dinka South Sudanese citizenship. He was sacked soon after.

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