Our Immigration Partner

IBN Business Immigration Solutions

About IBN

IBN Business & Immigration Solutions is a leading consultancy agency for corporate and private investment in South Africa as well as providing mobility services into other countries in Southern Africa. We have been assisting our clients for over 17 years now and have offices in Cape Town, Johannesburg and Stellenbosch.

Based on our clients’ business strategies to enter Southern Africa, we attend to the various aspects of relocation. Our services range from consulting and identifying the most effective and practical immigration solution for you, preparing the applications, submissions as well as follow ups with the relevant authorities until the visa/ permit is issued. We understand, care and achieve results.


At IBN Business & Immigration Solutions we have vast experience in dealing with clients, and understand the potential hardships and hassles private and corporate investors have to face on a personal level.

This experience enables us to anticipate and prepare for all scenarios, saving the client precious time and money.

Andreas Krensel and Dirk Meissner, Managing Directors of IBN Cape Town and IBN Stellenbosch respectively, have personally assisted in not only the purchasing of, but also the setting up of over 50 guesthouses in South Africa, their experience in this aspect being unrivalled in South Africa.

Each and every aspect of the potential purchase is covered, from formal factors to simple practicality, such as comfort and convenience of the client and their family.

We at IBN fully understand the needs and requirements of both corporate and private clients, and tailor our approach accordingly.

We understand that, as a potential investor, there are already a million things on your mind, legal and immigration requirements need not be, and finally we understand and believe that you as the client should focus on your passion, and leave the heavy lifting to us!


Latest news

The Immigration Landscape Of Zambia

22 Feb 2016

Zambia is a country in Southern Central Africa surrounded by Angola, Zaire, Tanzania, Malawi, Mozambique, Zimbabwe, Botswana and Namibia. Formerly known as “Northern Rhodesia”, Zambia is part of the... Read More

Taking Action To Address The Unintended Consequences Of The Immigration Regulations

8 Feb 2016

Intra Ministerial Committee update On the 5th of February 2016 I attended the latest Home Affairs briefing in Pretoria, organized for stakeholders and open for invitees only. The... Read More

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Short Term Work Permits Comparative Of Southern African Countries

24 Nov 2015

Let’s have a quick comparative glance at short term work permits for South Africa, Botswana, Namibia and Zambia to illustrate their similarities and where they may differ. Please keep... Read More

South Africans Will Be Able To Apply For Their Passports In A Bank

12 Nov 2015

The Department of Home Affairs spokesperson Mahyilome Tshwete announced that it will be possible for South Africans to apply for their smartcard ID at certain banks in order to fasten the roll-out. This... Read More

DHA Update On Traveling With Children In And Out Of South Africa

2 Nov 2015

The following update regarding travelling with children in and out of South Africa was just released by DHA. We wish to summarize it as follows: Read More

Work Authorization In Botswana, Mozambique And Zambia

20 Oct 2015

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13 Oct 2015

A few months ago Minister Malusi Gigaba of the department of Home Affairs announced the introduction of a so-called BRICS visa. Now several months later it seems the system has started processing these... Read More


23 Sep 2015

Immigration forms part of the ambitious National Development Plan (NDP). In order to achieve the set goals of the NDP the Department of Home Affairs (DHA) has adopted a quintal strategic plan for the period... Read More

SA New Immigration Law – Review One Year After The Introduction

31 Aug 2015

South Africa – the new immigration law – a review one year after the introduction

South Africa issued its latest amendment to the Immigration Regulations in May 2014. The main objectives... Read More

WE MADE IT! – Introducing “The Bubble Tea Company”

6 Aug 2015

In our blog-series “WE MADE IT” we introduce our clients and their companies. Usually emigrants and company founders come to South Africa with a vision. At IBN Business & Immigration Solutions... Read More

Indispensable – Immigrant’s Contribution To South Africa

24 Jul 2015

A large number of countries in the world are facing challenges with immigration. Italy, Spain and Portugal, just to mention but a few, have all had to deal with (African) immigrants who brave the Mediterranean... Read More

Goldman Sachs ‘Bullish’ About South Africa’s Future

18 May 2015

In a recent visit to South Africa, the chairman Mr Lloyd Blankfein of Goldman Sachs, a multi-national investment-banking firm, said that he is “generally bullish” on South Africa, a “high risk market”. Read... Read More

Partner Details

Dirk Meissner - Pam Golding Hospitality Partners
Dirk Meissner


Dirk joined IBN 1998 and was appointed director in 2001. In 2003 he established the IBN office in Stellenbosch.

He studied Business Management in Mannheim (Germany) and wrote his Masters thesis in 1992 in co-operation with Mercedes-Benz AG, Stuttgart.

Previous professional experience includes work in the Marketing Department of Hewlett-Packard in Germany (Böblingen) and South Africa (Johannesburg and Cape Town) as well as with Fichtner Consulting Engineers (Stuttgart) and Development Strategies International (Cape Town).

Dirk also enjoyed the opportunity to lecture at several educational institutions in both Germany and South Africa (Universities of Stellenbosch and Cape Town).

He has successfully implemented numerous start-up businesses, especially in the Tourism and Hospitality Industry and is currently focusing on corporate clients, M&A activities as well as Private Equity investments.

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Andreas Krensel


Andreas Krensel joined IBN in 2002. His career began with an apprenticeship at Deutsche Bank, where he mainly focused on asset and portfolio management. This was followed by his law studies in Trier (Germany) as well as in Antwerp (Belgium).

In April 2002 he qualified as an attorney in Dortmund, Germany. During his career he worked for KPMG Germany and Deneys Reitz Attorneys in Cape Town.
He obtained his Master of Laws degree at the University of Cape Town (UCT) in 2004, specializing in Electronic as well as International Trade Law.

In January 2005, Andreas Krensel joined the Board of Directors at IBN.

Andreas Krensel is co-author of the publication “Investing in South Africa – Opportunities and Risks in the 21st Century”. Likewise, he is a regular contributor to the “the Expatriate” Magazine.

He is a Rotarian and is currently the head of the portfolio committee for economic development of the Cape Chamber. Since May 2014 he is also a member of the board of the Regional German Southern African Chamber of Commerce.

Both Dirk and Andreas are currently running the IBN Johannesburg branch.

Company Details

Physical address

Dirk Meissner
16 Mill / Muil Street
Stellenbosch 7600
South Africa

Andreas Krensel
100 New Church Street
Gardens, 8001 Cape Town
South Africa

Contact details

T Dirk Meissner +27 (0)21 886 7606/ Andreas Krensel +27 (0)21 4222 620

F Dirk Meissner +27 (0)21 887 8435 / Andreas Krensel +27 (0)21 422 2621