A settlement has been reached between the South African government and Education South Africa following court proceedings, after last year's worrying declines in ESL enrolments due to a visa policy impasse.
Student demonstrations against tuition fee hikes have escalated into violent clashes and could lead to year-long campus closures. A government spokesperson has admitted it could deter foreign students.
The African Union is mooting a passport that would allow visa-free movement for citizens of African countries across the continent, following country-level trends of abolishing visa requirements for African nationalities.
EduSA has resorted to court action over what it has called an “unconstitutional rejection of study visas”, following a longstanding policy impasse that EFL providers say has significantly damaged their business.