Venue: The Capital, Menlyn Maine, 194 Bancor Ave, Pretoria

Date: Monday 08 March, 2021

Time: 10:30


Dear members of the press, 

You are cordially invited to the official launch of the asylum Backlog Project, a joint endeavour by the Department of Home Affairs and UNHCR, the UN Refugee Agency to eliminate the backlog in South Africa’s asylum system by 2024. The event will incorporate an official signing ceremony, speeches by dignitaries from DHA and UNHCR, and an opportunity for questions to all speakers.

Individual interviews can be arranged on request.

Due to COVID-19 protocols, the number of people in the venue is strictly limited. Please RSVP attendance with information about the number of attendees in the party and equipment to:

Kate Pond, External Relations Officer, UNHCR SAMCO email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.; cell/WhatsApp: +2768 566 7263.

Attendance will be on a first-come first-served basis. A livestream link will also be available for remote attendance.



Siya Qoza

Spokesperson for the Minister of Home Affairs - 082 898 1657

Kate Pond

External Relations Officer (UNHCR)

South Africa Representation Office (SAMCO)

Mobile/WhatsApp: +27 685 667 263