Director: Head of Immigration and Mobility
Marisa Jacobs (BCom Marketing & Business Management) is the Managing Director at Xpatweb, the largest independent work permit practice in South Africa. Her areas of specialty include South African work permits for both individuals and employers with large groups of expatriates which require short term employment service visas, unique dispensations or special waivers of work permit conditions.
She has extensive experience in expatriate management. Her solution based methodologies extent to operating and managing a confidential payroll for various expatriate groups, having obtained various SARS tax directives and rulings, Reserve Bank clearances for expatriates and optimal banking solutions, enabling her to provide an all-inclusive mobility service, and fuels her passion for finding more streamlined solutions.
Moeketsi Seboko is an Immigration Manager at Xpatweb. He started his career with the Immigration Branch at the Department of Home Affairs and before joining Xpatweb, he was working for one of the BIG Four firms.
“Moe” has been part of Xpatweb’s growth in the market to becoming a leading service provider. He serves as a director on one of the specialist group companies and is also on the group’s management team meetings.
His areas of specialisation are direct engagement with the Department of Home Affairs on complex and sensitive cases, ensuring full compliance with the technical aspects of immigration law, escalation and expedition of important matters, training of juniors and general management of the team. Slowly diminishing the group’s whisky stock, at a pace where it goes unnoticed, is also one of his specialities.
When he is not in the office, he is golfing with clients and friends.
Lerato Mahupela is an Immigration Specialist at Xpatweb, who previously worked with the Department of Home Affairs for 8 years.
During her time at DHA, she was responsible for immigration at the port of entry; verifying passenger fingerprints for biometrics; assisting in the identification and deportation of illegal foreigners; as well as assist with the planning and coordination of the arrival and departures of by VIP’s, VVIP’s, Presidents and Ministers by involving other stakeholders i.e. SAPS, Customs, Department of Health, and the Department of International Relations.
She has a wealth of experience and understanding in the interpretation of South African immigration law and various directives as well as providing immigration advice and assistance, especially focussing on the practical level of getting applications submitted and approved.
She is a director on one of the group companies and is highly regarded by most South African Embassies and DIRCO representatives. She holds a BBA degree (cum laude), Honours degrees and she is currently doing her final year of BCom in Law. The feeding scheme she runs in her community is her passion.
Tasia is a senior member of Xpatweb and has been a part of the team for over 4 years. She is a key account manager for a number of large corporates and multinational groups employing expats throughout Africa, China and Europe. She is the lead on major projects and through handling hundreds of successful applications, her keen eye for attention to detail ensures that all applications are perfect for submission, always going above and beyond.
With strong communication and administration skills, Tasia is praised by her clients for facilitating all immigration matters meticulously and effectively. She will ensure you and your valued professional is well taken care of and at ease throughout the entire process, including accompanying family.
You will not only receive a professional experience when dealing with Tasia, but also a friendly and calm demeanour to put all your immigration worries and concerns at ease.
Elizma Conradie started as a Junior Administrator at Xpatweb and very quickly proved to be much more and is surely a blessing to have around! She has more than 16 years of experience in the Administrative Industry and previously worked for the North West University for over 7 years.
Elizma is consistently up for a challenge and thrives to succeed in anything given to her, no matter how difficult the task – she finds a way.
When she is not being sought after, she loves spending time with people and enjoys sneaking a weekend away with her husband and three loving children.
Nombuso holds a National Diploma in Hospitality Management and Sciences. She has worked in the hospitality industry for a period of two years specializing in customer service.
She has spent the past 6 years working for mining head-quarters in various roles including receptionist, admin assistant and a personal assistant.
Alishia completed her BA Fine Arts degree in 2017 which is intimately linked with her passion for expression. Her creativity and idealism reward her work with compassion wherever she goes.
Her personality might be perceived as reserved, but she has communication qualities that allow her to deeply connect with others and easily create systems of symbols to share ideas. She benefits from a far-reaching vision.
Tarissa Wareley is an Immigration Specialist at Xpatweb, Head of Africa Desk. She holds a BA in International Relations obtained from the University of South Africa. She has over 4 years’ experience in handling immigration matters in Mozambique, and other African countries such as Angola, Nigeria, Equatorial Guinea, Madagascar, and Mauritius and more.
Her main areas of focus are offering strategic advice tailored to the project at hand for the quickest and compliant route for successful kick-off.
She is also fluent in Portuguese and English and some knowledge of Spanish.
Na Li (Lina) 李娜
Immigration Consultant 中文移民顾问
Na Li (Lina) has had many years’ experience in wholesale and retail, with knowledge in Import and Export, including corporate project finance liaison with mainland China for more than 10 years. She then spent 6 years independently managing a boutique Guest House.
As a Customer Lead Consultant in our Immigration department, Na Li uses her advantage in the Chinese language to serve and build up better relationships between our Company towards Chinese customers in South Africa. She is eager to learn and gain knowledge and experience from her colleagues.
Na Li enjoys good food, movies and a countryside drive. She loves playing bridge with friends or just being lazy at home, listening to country music.
Immigration Assistant and Co-Ordinator
Sisanda is a young professional with 3 years of industry experience and is currently pursuing her Masters in Tourism and Hospitality. She is passionate about the tourism industry and values personal and professional development.
With experience in administration as well as customer service and coordination, her career objective is to find professional growth and specialize in the industry by using her skills and experience to integrate strategies and build long-lasting relationships.
Zainab obtained a degree in English Literature from Mohammed V University in Morocco. Moreover, she also speaks fluent Arabic, French and English. She relocated to South Africa 9 years ago to join her South African husband. Zainab’s immigration background started in 2012 and joined the Xpatweb team in April 2020.
Nkosikhona has vast experience in the immigration space. She has consulted with clients requiring assistance with immigration in sub-Saharan Africa for more than 12 years. She has also assisted clients who needed immigration services to the UK. She believes that establishing and maintaining relationships with clients is the way to operate effectively in the immigration space.
She is a mother of two and enjoys spending time with her family and watching sports.
Leetasha is new with Xpatweb as an Immigration Specialist and she joined us directly from the Department of Home Affairs. She holds a BCom Degree. She has over 5 years of working experience in the permitting section at the Department of Home Affairs, specifically the Waivers Unit for General Work Visa applications as well as temporary residence visa applications. Leetasha often gave input for immigration directives, implementation of various departmental policies and remaining up to date on all immigration-related matters. We are very excited about her joining Xpatweb and her learning of the commercial importance of work visa services.
Carmelita Correia – Immigration Administrator
Carmelita holds a BA Honours Degree in Tourism Management from the University of Potchefstroom, and previously worked in the hospitality industry for a period of two years in various roles which included: receptionist, front office manager and a personal assistant.
She is an ambitious and hardworking person and believes that her passion for working with people and learning about their cultures, contributes to her strong leadership qualities.
Mpho Ndimande – Immigration Administrator
Mpho joined the Immigration industry in 2018, to enhance her career and a role that she has chosen to pursue a Law degree with UNISA.
She is a natural with very strong interpersonal skills and enjoys interacting with people. She is very passionate about community upliftment and has undertaken several roles in her career, those placements have enabled her to develop not only professional experience, but also valuable and transferable work ethics as well as people skills.
She is a mother of two and loves nature. Mpho is also a fan of the Louis Vuitton brand and would like to one day visit Paris.
Caitlin Jeenabhai – Immigration Administrator
Caitlin is originally from Durban and has moved to Johannesburg after she matriculated. Caitlin comes from a Travel Industry with approximately 2 years of Administration experience.
In her spare time she enjoys spending my time with family and friends as well as binge-watching series and attending kickboxing lessons.
Jennifer Vickerman – Immigration & Client Engagement Consultant
Jennifer Vickerman is a professional and highly motivated individual with over 8 years of work experience within the Immigration Industry.
She enjoys working directly with clients and resolving their concerns while building strong customer relationships.
Jennifer is a mother of 3 boys and loves cooking and spending time with people. She likes to explore the world with her family and lives life to the fullest.
Being well mannered and reserved are two points she believes herself to be.