Western Cape wants SA to introduce remote work visas

Through Travel journalist May 19, 2021

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Western Cape Finance and Economic Opportunities MEC David Maynier has called on the country to introduce a remote work visa to allow international visitors to stay longer and work remotely while traveling within the country.

Maynier wrote to Tourism Minister Mmamoloko Kubayi-Ngubane and Interior Minister Aaron Motsoaledi with his request.

“The Western Cape has what it takes to be the best remote workplace in the world if we remove the paperwork and roll out the red carpet for digital nomadic tourists.

“Globally, many countries are competing to capture the market for long-stay tourists who can work online from anywhere in the world while earning and spending foreign currency in the country they visit, ”he said.

Maynier said digital nomad tourists are an important market because they are more resilient to the challenges of the pandemic.

“The introduction of a remote work visa makes good business sense. Not only will this attract a significant number of long-term, financially independent travelers to South Africa during this time of economic uncertainty, but remote workers are also more likely to invite family and friends to visit. in the future.

“It could also have positive spillover effects for foreign direct investment and the promotion of exports of South African goods and services as travelers get to know and love all the great things about our country.”

He said he hoped Kubayi-Ngubane and Deputy Minister Masondo will see “the clear value of this regulatory change” and work with Motsoaledi to “expedite the necessary changes to Immigration Law 13 of 2002”.

Prime Minister Alan Winde has said that given the impact Covid-19 has had on the tourism sector in South Africa, the visa would be a great contribution to its recovery.

Wesgro will launch a portal that organizes and promotes a range of establishments and accommodation services in multiple locations to guide those looking for longer stay options in the Western Cape.

This follows a successful campaign, in partnership with Airbnb, to promote remote working nationally, encouraging South Africans to enjoy the flexibility of working from anywhere.

Cape Town was included in the 2021 list of the “50 Best Cities for Remote Work”, according to Big 7 Travel.

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