By Nqobile TshiliThe Registrar-General's Office has temporarily suspended issuing emergency passports to clear a backlog of over 2 000 passports. Members of the public who are seeking the emergency travelling documents are forced to apply for the 'normal' passport, which costs $53 and is now being released after about two months as a result of the backlog. Normally, the passport is released within three weeks of application.
Photo: The Herald South African Minister of Home Affairs Hlengiwe Mkhize. By Nqobile TshiliHOLDERS of the Zimbabwean Special Permit (ZSP) in South Africa will tomorrow learn about new conditions that have been set for their continued stay in that country . Close to 200 000 Zimbabweans living in South Africa benefited under the ZSP scheme, which is scheduled to expire on December 31 this year.
By Nqobile TshiliSmaller parties that have signed an electoral pact with MDC-T have complained that they are getting a raw deal in allocation of parliamentary seats, a development that is fuelling divisions within parties and the MDC Alliance. The alliance has divided the 210 parliamentary seats in the country among the seven political parties in the pact. They have agreed not to field candidates to contest against fellow pact members in their allotted constituencies.
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Selecting a term
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Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
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Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
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are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
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find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
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A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".