This comes after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced planned amendments to the requirements for travelling with minors, the list of countries requiring visas for South Africa, visas for highly-skilled foreigners and an e-visa pilot programme.
Ramaphosa was speaking on stimulus packages and recovery plans to revive the economy of the country.
The tight restrictions on minors travelling were introduced to help curb human trafficking. It was required that a parent travelling to SA with the minor have an unabridged birth certificate showing both parents’ details and a sworn affidavit from the absent parent.
These strict regulations are said to have adversely affected the broader economy to the tune of R7.5billion. The Tourism Business Council of South Africa also announced that business performance in the sector had declined in the first half of 2018.