Malawians Panic Over New RSA Rules
South African immigration officials at Betbridge border have set March 1 as the deadline for all Malawian passport holders to have their money only in Travelers’ Cheques with a minimum of R3,000, about K64,000.
But an official at the South African embassy in Malawi has expressed surprise over the development and has promised to investigate the reports which have sent Malawian traders into panic as local banks no longer provide TCs.
The document, purportedly written by South African immigration officials at Beitbridge boarder reads: “You are cordially informed that as from 1st March, 2012 Malawian passport holders must have the traveler’s cheque amounting to R3, 000.”
The document further states, “If anyone presents himself or herself before the immigration officer without a valid traveler’s cheque of the said amount, will be refused entry to the republic of South Africa.”
The document does not give any reason new for the decision.
One of Malawians who frequently travels to South Africa for business says the directive has sent shockwaves among those who travel to the rainbow nation.
“This has sent us into panic. The directive has also only been issued Malawian passport holder.” Said the businessperson
Commenting on the matter, President of the Bankers Association of Malawi, John Biswick said the development is baffling since all banks in the country stopped issuing the travelers cheques.—Zodiak Online
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