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St Charles Clinic Centre open – La Rochelle, Johannesburg

ATTENTION!!! UNHCR wishes to inform you that St Charles Clinic Centre is now open and offers free healthcare services for refugees and migrants’ women. The Scalabrini priests saw a struggle that some migrants and refugees experience in public hospitals and clinics and responded by opening this health care centre. Its aim is to offer dignified […]

Call for Applications – Closing date (13 October 2023)

UNHCR wishes to inform you that the University of the Western Cape (UWC) Call for applications (under the Mastercard Foundation Scholars Program) and Application Forms for its January 2024 enrolment of 50 Undergraduate and 60 Masters’ degree Mastercard Foundation Scholars went live this morning. The link is provided below: Kindly share widely within your networks […]

Maternal and Healthcare Flyer – Denial of access to healthcare

ATTENTION: Did you Know about Free health care services in South Africa? Please find attached the Maternal &Childcare Flyer attached in case someone you know who falls into the listed categories is denied healthcare in Gauteng. Warm regards, A message from the UNHCR South Africa Multi-Country Office (SAMCO)    This email is sent from an account […]


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UniversitĂ© pour les RĂ©fugiĂ©s (UNIV’R): The UNIV’R programme provides refugees (in the country where they are recognized as refugees) who wish to pursue a Master’s degree within a higher education institute in France the opportunity to do so. Under the programme, selected refugees will benefit from administrative, social and financial support (including tuition waivers, travel […]

LG calls on Gauteng residents to enter the Ambassador Challenge and win funding for community projects.

ATTENTION!   LG Electronics is calling on Gauteng residents to apply for and participate in the LG Global Ambassador Challenge, the company’s annual corporate social responsibility (CSR) initiative that promotes sustainable solutions and works to solve social issues in local communities.  The initiative is open to all Gauteng-based non-profit organisations and community projects that have ideas […]

IRCC Pretoria – LE-A3 Migration Case Analyst Position

ATTENTION!  We are pleased to inform you that the Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) of the Government of Canada are recruiting! Please see the attached poster for a competition at IRCC Pretoria for a migration case analyst position. The position is open to all persons who hold the legal right to work in South […]

Important message from UNHCR on Resettlement Scam

ATTENTION!  UNHCR has received reports of scammers impersonating UNHCR staff, often using a WhatsApp account with the UNHCR logo. The scammers may ask for your name and UNHCR case number, in addition to asking for money, in exchange for arranging medical examinations or departures or helping you with your resettlement case in other ways. They […]

Humanitarian Impact and Resilience Challenge 

ATTENTION!    Do you know an organisation that might be an eligible candidate for the challenge below, please encourage them to apply.   About the Humanitarian Impact and Resilience Challenge  The World Economic Forum’s Humanitarian and Resilience Investing (HRI) Initiative has launched a Humanitarian Impact and Resilience Challenge on UpLink to source commercially viable, impact-driven and […]

WPHF’s Window for Women Human Rights Defenders

ATTENTION!  We are pleased to inform you that the Women’s Peace and Humanitarian Fund (WPHF) Window for Women Human Rights Defenders (WHRD) is now fully operational and is receiving requests on a rolling basis. About the WPHF The Women’s Peace & Humanitarian Fund is an innovative partnership empowering local women to be a force for […]

Mandela Washington Fellowship Opportunity

ATTENTION! Apply now to be a part of the next generation of African leaders! We are pleased to announce that the application period for the 2023 Mandela Washington Fellowship, the flagship program of the Young African Leaders Initiative (YALI) is now open. Applications are due by September 13, 2022. The Mandela Washington Fellowship for Young African Leaders is […]

Scholarship Opportunities for Refugees

ATTENTION!  The University of Capetown (UCT)  is giving International and Refugee Students’ Scholarships (UCT Postgraduate General Awards 2023) for full time postgraduate (Honours, Master’s & Doctoral) students. WHO CAN APPLY? Nationality: Applicants must either be International or hold Refugee status with a valid Passport or Refugee papers. Employment: Applicants cannot be full time employed (working […]

Appeals Backlog Project

The Government of the Republic of South Africa and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency, have partnered to support the Refugee Appeals Authority of South Africa (RAASA), formerly the Refugee Appeal Board (RAB), in a project to resolve the backlog of approximately 150,000 appeals and put measures in place to prevent another backlog from occurring.  The […]

SASSA SRD R350 Grant

The Government of South Africa continues to offer the SASSA Social Relief of Distress Grant (SRD 350), a grant of R350 per month for 6 months to be paid to individuals who are currently unemployed, do not receive any form of income, social grant or UIF payment etc, and include both Refugees and Asylum Seeker […]

UNHCR Journalism Mentorship programme for Refugees

UNHCR is pleased to announce the opening of the Spring 2022 application period for a three-month mentorship programme for aspiring journalists, public speakers or advocates. Refugees as well as internally displaced or stateless people who are above the age of 18 are welcome to apply. Please keep in mind that this programme is open to […]

Back to School 2022!

It is Back to School time in South Africa and UNHCR would like to remind you of our Education page, where you can find useful information on the educational system, including on enrollment process and fees exemption, and contact details of those that can assist you if you face challenges. In South Africa the Provincial […]

Online Application: ID & Travel Documents

Along with the communication on extension of permits validity to 30 April 2022, DHA also announced the extension of online services to allow recognised Refugees (section 24) and dependents to apply via e-mail for Identity and Travel Documents in an effort to continue to limit the spread of Covid-19, but restoring critical services. REQUIREMENTS FOR […]

DHA announces additional services at RRO’s

The Government of South Africa has officially extended the validity of asylum seeker and refugee permits until 30 April 2021, date until which all permits that expired on or after the national state of disaster was declared in March 2020 are considered valid and should be renewed through the Online Renewal System. UNHCR strongly encouraged […]

Closure of Refugee Reception Centres

Since the declaration of the national state of disaster, which was followed by the national lockdown, all public and private offices and institutions were closed down, including the Department of Home Affairs. The Department has been issuing directives that all visas and permits that expired or were due to expire on, before, or after 25 […]

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