Relocation of Refugee Reception Offices: Departmental briefing

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The Department of Home Affairs (DHA) briefed the Committee on amendments to the Refugee Act and on the establishment of a refugee reception centre in Lebombo, Mpumalanga. The DHA gave a background to legislation currently in place which governs refugee affairs. The presentation then centred on the challenges the Department had encountered in acquiring a site for the establishment of a refugee reception centre close to the Zimbabwean border. The identified site had yet to be secured, as the Department was awaiting a re-zoning application from the municipality. The outcome of the application was expected on 6 March 2015.

The Refugees Amendment Bill 2015 would be submitted to Cabinet in April. With regard to the Lebombo office, the Department was still awaiting confirmation that its application to re-zone an area in Lebombo had been approved. Thereafter, planning and construction of the structure would get underway.

Plans for Relocation of Refugee Reception Office (Download PPT presentation)


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