Cape Town’s plan for a “digital nomad” visa

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Cape Town’s plan for a “digital nomad” visa

The Western Cape provincial government wants the national government to introduce a “remote working visa” aimed at international digital nomads, but they are struggling to convince the Department of Home Affairs.

Cape Town is perfectly positioned to take advantage of people who live in and work remotely during the COVID-19 pandemic.

It was voted the best city in the world for many years running in the Telegraph Travel Awards which illustrates its appeal to international travellers.
 

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Why would you want to remote work in a big ugly city with crime and traffic problems?

Remote work doesn't favour big cities, it favours small towns that are cheap to live in, whilst not being an absolute dump. The only thing they need is a good internet connection.
 

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The one thing everyone forgets about these digital nomad visas is the dire tax consequences that can arise from spending too much time in a host country.
 

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Why would you want to remote work in a big ugly city with crime and traffic problems?

Remote work doesn't favour big cities, it favours small towns that are cheap to live in, whilst not being an absolute dump. The only thing they need is a good internet connection.

Think of all the untapped single ready to mingle under 30 talent who'd love to fornicate in the city and not live a peaceful life in smaller towns like us older gentlemen.
 

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Remote work doesn't favour big cities, it favours small towns that are cheap to live in, whilst not being an absolute dump. The only thing they need is a good internet connection.

Not everyone wants to fsck sheep in a small town.
 

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Why would you want to remote work in a big ugly city with crime and traffic problems?

Remote work doesn't favour big cities, it favours small towns that are cheap to live in, whilst not being an absolute dump. The only thing they need is a good internet connection.
Ok boomer
 

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but they are struggling to convince the Department of Home Affairs.
While SA plays politics dozens of cities globally have already had their digital nomad visas in place for 6 months and issued them to thousands of digital nomads. Even if the political will at national level existed then SA would likely have a DN visa ready when? 5 to 25 years time?
 

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They need to fix their own system first. Even with another company handling visa's here for immigrants there is a massive backlog many months behind. There is a 3 year+ backlog on the harder to obtain visa's too, its pathetic and has only gotten worse over the recent years.
 

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It's a forward thinking idea. There's nothing to stop someone from coming over and living in Constantia somewhere, but Bender's comment is true for most people over say 40. Living on top of other people is unattractive for most.
 

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The city isnt just the CBD but places like Franschoek, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Kommetjie, Noordhoek, Langebaan and Hermanus too.

Very popular for tourists and nomads. Wineries on your doorstep
 

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Waste of time. Unfortunately, this will not bring in more people to Cape Town
 

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The city isnt just the CBD but places like Franschoek, Paarl, Stellenbosch, Kommetjie, Noordhoek, Langebaan and Hermanus too.

Very popular for tourists and nomads. Wineries on your doorstep

Only two places you named are in Cape Town. I don't know whether this is a Western Cape Tourism initiative or a Cape Town Tourism initiative.
 

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Why would you want to remote work in a big ugly city with crime and traffic problems?

Remote work doesn't favour big cities, it favours small towns that are cheap to live in, whilst not being an absolute dump. The only thing they need is a good internet connection.
Bro, if u think cape town is big and ugly and has traffic problems, u really need to visit some metropolitan cities like New York or mumbai or shanghai
 

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Bro, if u think cape town is big and ugly and has traffic problems, u really need to visit some metropolitan cities like New York or mumbai or shanghai
I didn't say it wasn't like any other big city.

New York is pretty much finished at this point. There is no reason for any sane person to open a business there.
 

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So while I see it as a nice visa, ie they come in, spend money and leave.. you also have to look at it from an abuse pov and Cpt in particular has quite a few people whom immigrated into. 6m is a long time.

I dunno.. who’s in charge of policing this? CoCT or National? What will the penalties be for overstaying and for companies abusing it to bring professionals.. if you think that’s not fair I suggest you travel into Africa and get caught in business building when they do their visa & citizen random checks.. yah.. it’s a costly mistake for you and the business. does SA need to start doing that?
 

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Can sorta see it. Don't think it'll be as popular as asian digital nomad locations but maybe a bit of people will take it. In which case its a win for SA

Issue is SA is quite far away from everything meaningful though & flights are expensive
 
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