The reciprocal agreement to abolish ordinary visas for Angolans and South Africans, to be signed by the two countries in Pretoria, scheduled to enter into force on 1 December, allows for exceptions for students and people in medical consultations.
A circular issued by the Department of Home Affairs of South Africa, made public Wednesday, clarifies that the exemption applies for periods of up to 90 days a year, or for consecutive periods of up to 30 days.
The exceptions are applicable to cases of medical treatment, business or study, for which the mutual principle of visa issuance prevails, according to the need to circulate.
In this regard, the Angolan ambassador to Angola, Fannie Phakola, clarified to National Radio the visa issue and said that it will be like the partnership with Namibia.
“People have the passport and only need to buy the ticket and go to South Africa. The visas that will be required and that should have treatment at the Embassy are those who can stay for long periods in South Africa, noted.
At a time when the President of the Republic of Angola leaves for Pretoria on Thursday, at the invitation of his South African counterpart, Jacob Zuma, to strengthen bilateral cooperation, the expectation for the results of João Lourenço’s first state visit increases.
“Students, businessmen or people who are expected to be on long-term health care (required), but others will be able to use ordinary passports and there will be no need to obtain visas,” Phakola said.
For all to be within one of the main subjects of the protocol, the South African authorities began to inform the consular and border posts that Angolans with normal passports will be exempt from visa issuing from 1 December.
Entrepreneurs attentive to opportunities
Anxious for the news that the agreements may bring to the country, businessmen are looking forward to increasing business with Angola’s main commercial and economic partner in Southern Africa.
For the president of the Industrial Association of Angola (AIA), José Severino, the relations can be very active, because it is a nation developed in several sectors, highlighting the economic efficiency.
Speaking to radio Luanda Comercial Antena, the business leader said that many businesses do not need to go through shipping and ports, but he called attention to the need to improve the English language and understand the parameters in which the South Africans bring the business.
Severino said that with the elimination of monopolies, there must be “transparency, more need for South-South cooperation”. He argues that the time is ripe for greater cooperation to conquer the market in the region, because “Angola has natural resources and, with capital and skills, it can make that leap.”
In the analysis of the head of the EIA, it is expected that South Africans will accept the challenge of investing in education and health, where they consider “serious deficits.”
Severino also takes the view that, from the point of view of the real economy, the issues of agriculture, building materials, the automotive industry, refineries and petrochemicals will provide advantages.
According to José Severino, the goal of the Angolan Industrial Association, in this mission, will be to carry a positive message, so that the cooperation narrows and benefits the two peoples.
“There are a number of very important variable components and we have competitive advantages, such as in agriculture and mineral resources, our proximity to the market with DRC and Zambia, the Benguela Railway, the possibility of afforestation, paper. All this is in the portfolio, “he said.
Balance in cooperation
Turnover between the two largest economic powers of the Southern African Development Community (SADC) fell by $ 2.4 million last year, a reduction of 75 per cent justified by the financial crisis in Angola.
However, the hope lies in the opportunity that opens up for investment, which is why José Severino considers it necessary to find balance, taking advantage of the know-how, capital and more organization of South Africa.
According to the analyst, the most important thing is that South Africans invest in Angola, but warned that it is necessary to “improve our private investment in the foreign component”, proposing “a more open, more efficient banking”, since “the rest the entrepreneurs will know how to do “.
Already in April of this year, Matomé Mbata, the trade representative of the South African Embassy in Angola, defended the promotion of trade between the two SADC countries, for three reasons, namely proximity (a mere three hours), technology and resources.
Responding to the fall in business, he encouraged entrepreneurs