Zim embassy in SA restores services

The Zimbabwe embassy in South Africa has restored previously suspended services at its consulate in Johannesburg.

The new operational plan is in line with the new lockdown regulations announced by authorities in that country recently.

In a public notice today, the consul-general to Johannesburg Mrs Melody Chaurura said they will now assist 600 people per day after having suspended services for births, and national identification documents in January.

“The first priority will be serving those clients whose appointments were deferred between early this year, and had been set between January 4 and March 26. All clients who were affected by the lockdown will be advised of the revised appointment dates electronically.

“We will reopen for new appointments upon completion of this phase and the public will be notified accordingly,” said the Consul General.

She said those seeking temporary travel documents and passports do not need to make bookings, but will be assisted on a first come first serve basis between 9am and 11.30am during weekdays.

Mrs Chaurura said the processing of documents for bodies to be repatriated for burial in Zimbabwe will strictly be processed electronically.

The Zimbabwe Community in South Africa spokesperson Mr Bongani Mkwananzi said, “We applaud the resumption of such services considering that most people’s passports will expire this year  along with the  ZEP permits in December.

“It’s important that people make bookings and submit their forms timely so that they are ready in case the the permits dispensation gets  extended by the Department of Home Affairs,” he said.


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