I have been in UK for about 9 months and have queued and phoned the wonderful £1 per minute numbers for:
A German Visa
A French Visa
A Italian Visa
Noone has issued me a visa longer than 4 months yet!
What kind of visa do the other South Africans get for Schengan states? And how did you get it? (Which country, which process, etc).
Also: As far as I know the law says that you need to have a Schengan visa for the country of first entry or which you will be staying in the longest. So if you have a 1 year French Schengan, do you always have to travel via France?