Office of the Chief Whip
President Zuma launches revamped Refugee Centre named after Tutu
The ANC welcomes the launch of the revamped Marabastad Refugee Centre by President Zuma on Friday 17 February 2017. The centre has been renamed after the struggle stalwart and retired Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and is officially known as the Desmond Tutu Refugee Reception Centre. President Zuma had promised in one of his addresses to the nation that he would ensure that the refugee centre would be revamped. This was after he visited the centre and received complaints from foreign nationals of long queues and other difficulties such as slow information technology infrastructure, inadequate filing systems and poor management practices..
President Zuma made an undertaking that the matter would be followed up by the Department of Home Affairs, and indeed the Centre has been upgraded. It has been refurbished with new signage, counters and lighting, the installation of a new security system and electrical fencing.
Other key interventions include the introduction of new systems and processes such as an automated booking system and paperless processes, off-site interpretation services, an improved registry and filing system and continuous engagement with stakeholders.