Western Cape wants South Africa to offer a remote working visa

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Western Cape premier Alan Winde recently discussed the projects the city is working on during his state of the province address (Sopa) on Thursday, 17 February.

Winde delved into various sectors in which the city is focused on improving including energy, job creation, tourism and other issues the province faces as it attempts to recover its economy in the wake of the Covid-19 pandemic.

According to Winde, the pandemic coupled with the current sentiment around the South African covid variant means that international tourism, in particular, is unlikely to recover to pre-Covid-19 levels this year.

“There is a growing number of restrictions being placed on travel to our country due to what I believe is unfair global reporting on the variant identified by scientists in South Africa,” he said.

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In an effort to boost the tourism sector, Winde said the Western Cape is looking at different ways to encourage tourists to return to the province. One idea being mooted is introducing a new remote-working visa.

“These ‘digital nomads’ are a new kind of tourist, who will stay in our province for 3 months instead of 3 weeks, enjoying our tourism offer while working on their laptops,” Winde said and noted that Cape Town was recently named on the list of the 50 best cities for remote working.

“We have everything it takes to be the best remote working location in the world if we remove the red tape – and roll-out the red-carpet for these travellers. To do so, South Africa urgently needs to introduce a ‘Remote Working Visa’. Most leading tourism destinations in the world have one already, and we should have one too.”

Winde said The Western Cape Government plans to lobby both the president and the minister of Home Affairs, Aaron Motsoaledi, to introduce this visa as soon as possible.

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