Luanda — The number of Angolans seeking for South African visas rose by 15 percent in January this year as compared with data from January 2012, Angop learned Thursday in Luanda.
The information was released by the political counsellor of the South African Embassy to Angola, Maotwe Mokwena, ahead of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON2013) kick-starting on February 19.
Speaking to Angop, the diplomat explained that it is unusual for the embassy to record such a hiking in number of application for visa in the beginning of the year.
According to the newspaper Expansion, who quotes the South African regional director for Africa and Middle East, Phumi Dholomo, in the first quarter of 2012, about 14,000 Angolans travelled to that country in 2011.
Angola stands in group A of the African Cup of Nations (AFCON2013), along with host South Africa, Morocco and Cape Verde.