Employment policies in South Africa give preference to people of colour, those with disabilities and to females. Foreigners, unless displaying skill ( In particular Teaching, Doctors, Nurses etc ) or good experience may be passed over in favour of local employees. South Africa, like many other countries has an obligation to it's people first and foremost and so limited opportunities are available.
Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) You will hear about this initiative many times in the employment sector. It is an emotive subject as many whites feel it merely takes jobs and wealth from them and gives it to the blacks. Apart from being a moral initiative to redress the wrongs of the past, it is a pragmatic growth strategy that aims to realise the country's full economic potential by targetting the weakest point; inequality.
South Africa has an exceptionally high unemployment rate, some reports suggest around 45 %+, and a massive pool of unskilled labour. Demand for skilled labour is very high and in order for you to be legally employed in South Africa you must have a valid work permit. Unless you are working for an International company which requires you to work in South Africa you will find the whole work permit process can be difficult and frustrating.
For assistance with work permits please visit Eisenberg & Associates in the categories above.
While in the past South Africa's economy was based on mining and agriculture the now most promising economic areas are IT sectors, telecommunications, security, healthcare, e- commerce, beauty products, environmental management, tourism and finance. Having said that it can and will be very difficult for any foreigner to be successful in finding employment in South Africa.
There is no formal category for general business and consulting but as South African's rely on networking and personal recommendations the opportuities for 'Doing Your Own Thing' are enormous. You can set your self up as a Sole Proprietor, Partnership, Close Corporation, Trust etc . Do not get bogged down with the legislation, seek advice from a Financial Adviser / Accountant , or even a local business adviser. Most markets and sectors are bouyant and we have to say that the customer service offered by most Cape Town companies is diabolical !!! So as long as you have a good product, great service and a fair price......put your entrepreneurial skills to the test and 'Go For It' !!!