Thanks once more Stan. I had seen the info on the PHSA website and like you, have not deemed it necessary to get another to obtain the temporary permit for me. I'd rather spend the money on another beast or part thereof, anyway, the process is not difficult as long as the paperwork is right. I could imagine that a body set up to obtain lots of permits, like PHSA, would have the system sussed and know the fastrack. However, I cannot forget the guy who was held up as described in my second post and on the SAPS website it is not spelled out as clearly as I would like it. A "gift" was not the object of the obstacle of the lack of letter. I too have noticed the "Hot Line" notice. The only request "I am thirsty, will you give me money for a Coke" came from the airline security man. I advised him that Coke was bad for his teeth. Latterly, I have been arriving at Cape Town, where it has been my experience that 15 to 20 minutes will be all it takes to get a permit, but Jo'burg is no problem either, now they have the dedicated office. Before that it was a bit longer to get a permit.
SAPS Website says this is required:
"A written authorization which permits export from country of origin. (If not supplied by country of origin - written confirmation is required)." A UK FAC might well be such, but there again, maybe not. Open to individual interpretation.
" With regard to in-transit and export permits an import permit from the recipient country. (If not supplied by country- writes confirmation is required)"
As I read it, a temporary permit is not "in transit" but who knows how it might be interpreted by an individual SAPS person. Just look how our own Home Office Guidance is interpreted by our own police!