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  2. Good News! According to the US post office South Africa is open to receive mail from the USA. Here is the link to yesterdays update: https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/international/welcome.htm?_gl=1*1ouznjt*_gcl_dc*R0NMLjE1OTg2MTYyNTYuNDM3ZWQ1ZGM2YzEyMWFkN2YyOWQ4YTk0OWVhNGNjNGQ.
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  4. A Blue state that voted in a REPUBLICAN Governor.... Votes make a Difference.
  5. Finally there is a date announced when there will be some TV shows again. It looks like new shows will coming out in April 2021. Actors will receive pay if they catch Covid 19 on set they will be paid for any days that they are off sick or in quarantine. Until then will have to keep watching Netflix! https://www.nydailynews.com/coronavirus/ny-coronavirus-unions-agreement-studios-film-tv-production-pandemic-20200922-hmlrb2pefbg45li4isygw335xe-story.html
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  7. Here is a link for property rentals in New York https://www.facebook.com/marketplace/nyc/propertyrentals/ There are still good deals available and in some instances properties are being rented out pretty fast.
  8. Excellent point indeed. On that assumption, then we might see a slight increase for DV22. From what I’ve heard, it’s still planned (one such embassy has even given dates. But I’d consider that tentatively). Also, some partial good news for some DV20 selectees (who are outside the US). Judge Mehta issued an order that DV20 visa issuance should continue. This, however only seems to favour the listed plaintiffs and possibly the people who had already interviewed/have expired visas. The argument is that DV20 should have been considered “mission critical” given the time constraints. We’ll know more about the possible extension for DV20 on 25 September. But I wouldn’t hold my breath because it’s clearly addressed in the INA.
  9. A new prediction on Covid-19 Deaths (from the same source that has been fairly accurate so far on CNN) Predicts that Covid-19 deaths will reach 3000 people a day by December. I certainly wont be going to the movies. Take Extra Care everyone!
  10. Our offices thorough the USA will remain closed for the rest of 2020 due to Covid -19 Indications are that we will only open up once there is a vaccine available. We have been working remotely from a Cottage in New Harbor, Maine for the past few months. The Cottage is in Cove with really nice views. As the office is closed we have extended our stay until November.
  11. The Official retirement age is 60 or earlier in South Africa. Some folk who have been working for over 20 or 25 years at the same job have a retirement age of 65 in their employment contracts. There are also people that have contracts who have been working at the same job for many years to age 62 . The ANC has subsequently reduced the age to 60. But companies are still honoring the retirement dates on long service employees. But bear in mind, that there are not many people in South Africa that are still working over age 60. Unlike the USA where you can work as long as you like. There is an employee in my team that is age 76 and still working, and she is quick and fast and does a better job than the youngsters. Update : The return to work is a request by the SA Gov President Zuma requiring 50 % of the work force to be at work one week and the following week work from home.
  12. What is the source for this? Seems very heavy handed of the government to determine that staff over 60 MUST return to the workplace and no longer be allowed to work from home unless they have a letter from their doctor submitted to HR? Surely there are many people who worked at home before and during COVID that will want to - with their employer's blessing - continue working from home? Unless it means that you can be dismissed for NOT coming to work unless you have such a letter, but that you can continue to work at home if mutually agreed by employer/employee. Is there news about the curfew being lifted? If all employees must 'return to the workplace' from 01 September - many do night shift etc, and will need to be en route to work at 11pm etc.?
  13. Business and Hospitals are opening up from September 1, 2020. Hospitals are open for any type of surgical procedures. Companies are requesting their staff to return to work as well. Staff will be screened daily and provided with masks and Protective shields. Staff over age 60 with medical conditions, need to get a letter from their doctor and submit to their HR department to continue working from home.
  14. Here is a link to the US Post office mail suspensions to various Countries. https://about.usps.com/newsroom/service-alerts/international/welcome.htm?_gl=1*1jrezdl*_gcl_dc*R0NMLjE1OTg2MTYyNTYuNDM3ZWQ1ZGM2YzEyMWFkN2YyOWQ4YTk0OWVhNGNjNGQ
  15. Wow, is that because of post office problems in SA or because usps use commercial flights? (I guess FedEx just uses its own cargo planes and so is not subject to the passenger plane restrictions?)
  16. Just to add to this The US Post offices are not accepting any mail for South Africa. They do offer Fed Ex to South Africa starting price of $67.00 minimum depending on the weight.
  17. Ah, excellent point about the third party services. Yes, that’s probably a big part of it.
  18. Yeah, the passport requirement certainly does seem to have affected the number of entries. I think a very large part of it has to do with the fact that all of those ‘third party services’ people use wouldn’t have been able to automatically reenter the hundreds of thousands of people on their books who had previously enrolled with them before the passport requirement came into effect. Which is a good thing as far as I am concerned. As for the 510 South African selectees, it seems to track with figures as far back as 2016, when for some reason the number of SA selectees dropped from a previous average of 1,000 to half that number. Which is kinda sad, because that effectively doubled the odds for South African entrants from roughly a 1 in 25 chance of success to a 1 in 55 chance of success 😞
  19. For what it’s worth, the visa bulletin is out. The number of entries is much lower (probably the passport requirement). Of the 132,404 selectees 510 are South African.
  20. Students at my daughter’s college that live off campus are reporting renewing their leases for less than last year’s rental. Seems to me from a long term view this might be a good time to buy for those looking to get into Manhattan property at some stage.
  21. Currently there is over 13,000 empty properties available for rent in Manhattan, New York, the highest number in 14 years . The average rental is $3,620 most landlords are offering 1.5 months rent free. Long Term property leases are also out of favor as tenants, want to have the option of moving out with 30 days notice, as lots of people are still losing their jobs or offered positions in other states. People also don't know if their jobs are coming back. Pre Pandemic there were long leases but not any more. Property owners are offering more flexible agreements.
  22. oscar

    Cape Town online

    Here is a link to a Cape Town online newspaper. The good news its Free. https://www.capetownetc.com/
  23. DACA is still a temporary stop gap measure for poor younger Illegals here. They still have no status in the USA and no path to Citizenship because Obama couldn’t get the dreamers act passed in Congress... another Democratic hot mess..
  24. Texas... and Arizona. Come November AZ could have two Democrat Senators to go along with the 5 (out of 9) existing House members. McSally has a shocking record on immigration and DACA (not to mention most other policies), which cost her in 2018. Not to mention her “military cred” she has been trying to ride to Washington is all but useless when she’s now facing Mark Kelly a former Navy Captain, NASA astronaut, engineer, and husband of Gabby Giffords. Yikes!
  25. There must be less than 10 comments posted here each month. Surely it’s close to shut down?
  26. Mmmm quite a political rant... you’ve said your piece now I’ll say mine.....thank God the Democrats are not in power..
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