Please be aware that visa processing time may vary from location and season. Also, you might require documents that are difficult to acquire, including a letter of invitation from your South African host. You don't need to pay a trip to the embassy every week to understand the step your visa is, you can track your visa on-line right in your house, and process of tracking it is extremely easy. As an example, someone who applied for a visa to go to a relative in South Africa can't put in an application for a relative's visa once there to stay in the country. Filipino citizens are needed to apply visa prior to going to South Africa.