JOHANNESBURG - President Cyril Ramaphosa's government has made changes to visa regulations for tourists and highly skilled professionals, availed financial support for black farmers and black industrialists and upgraded industrial parks as part of efforts to secure economic growth and deal with unemployment, his office said on Friday.
In a statement, the presidency said Ramaphosa had highlighted these and other efforts during his appearance in parliament on Thursday to give oral answers to legislators' questions, the first time he was doing so since his election in May.
"President Ramaphosa reaffirmed economic growth and job creation as the apex priority of the sixth administration. The president provided evidence of implementation of the economic stimulus and recovery plan introduced by government in 2018 to shore up the economy," the presidency said.
Ramaphosa told parliament that a recent intervention in this direction was the designation by the department of home affairs of a number of countries that would receive visa waivers, among them countries with high tourism potential like Saudi Arabia and Qatar.
The department of home affairs is also working with the department of higher education and training towards refining a list of critical skills that will inform future visa regulations.