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Excerpted from the South Africa Career Guide

Because South Africa continues to experience a shortage in specific skills, the country welcomes expatriate workers. There is, however, an affirmative action policy in place that ensures South Africans from historically disadvantaged backgrounds receive preference by prospective employers. The expatriate should, therefore, establish whether his or her skills are needed in South Africa by approaching executive search firms and personnel recruiters before taking any further steps. Companies in many sectors hire employees through staffing agencies and executive recruiters.

Online Job Sites

EmploySA links employers, jobseekers and personnel agencies. It is the original recruitment website in South Africa, and joining is free. The jobseeker can place an advertisement online where it is displayed in search results for 90 days. It also is sent to recruiters who search with matching criteria. Recruiters can post both jobs and registered jobseekers, and have free and unrestricted access to the database of jobseekers.


Government Employment Resources

Department of Mineral Resources, South African Government
The Department of Mineral Resources is responsible for ensuring regulatory compliance in exploration, development, processing, utilization and management of mineral resources in South Africa. Its mandate is to ensure transformation, economic growth, health, safety and sustainability of the minerals and mining sector. Job vacancies are listed on the website.

Department of Mineral Resources
Physical location:
Trevenna Campus
75 Meintjes Street, c/o Meintjes and Francis Baard Street
Sunnyside, Pretoria
Mailing address:
Private Bag X59, Arcadia 0007
Tel: +27 12 444 3000
Email: samradonline@dmr.gov.za


Internships in South Africa are not that common, but there are several companies that specialize in finding internships.

ALLINTERNS has a network of companies and institutions in and around Cape Town that enables it to arrange, with short notice, quality internships that match an applicant’s interests. Among the services this organization offers are accommodation and transportation arrangements, airport pickup, visa support, entertainment packages — including safaris and adventure sports — activities with other interns and a monthly newsletter. ALLINTERNS offers internships to those living outside of South Africa, with a focus on European countries, but students from America and the UK also are accommodated.

Tel: +27-21-422-3185
Fax: +27-86-512-6659
Email: info@allinterns.co.za

Staffing Agencies and Temporary Help Firms

Cozens Personnel
Cozens Personnel, founded in 1984, is the largest privately owned consultancy in South Africa. The company operates through five divisions: permanent placements, casuals, technical, executives and call centers. It covers administrative, financial, accounting, sales and marketing, credit management, insurance, secretarial, executive management and office support positions. The website allows jobseekers to search for available jobs and includes a useful ‘Tips’ section. Cozens operates various branches in the Gauteng and Western Cape provinces. Email addresses for the various branches and divisions are linked from the website above.

Cozens Personnel 
7 Glenhove Road, corner Cecil Avenue 
Post Office Box 781205
Melrose Estate, Rosebank
Sandton 2146
Tel: +27 (11) 442-4503
Fax: +27 (11) 442-9489
Email: marketing@cozens.co.za or cape@cozens.co.za

Executive Recruiters and Search Firms

Woodburn Mann (Pty.) Limited
Woodburn Mann, established in 1982, is among the leading executive search and leadership consultancies in Southern Africa. It is an associate of the London Stock Exchange-listed Whitehead MannGroup Plc., which has offices in major centers worldwide. Woodburn Mann's consulting services include executive search and management selection; evaluation consultancy comprising board appraisal, management asset valuation, holistic audits, subjective individual assessment and contract research; and executive development. The firm conducts regional, national and international executive searches for chairmen, non-executive directors, chief executives, senior executives and specialist executive positions across all disciplines.

Woodburn Mann
102a Albertyn Avenue
Wierda Valley, Johannesburg
Post Office Box 783683
Sandton 2146
Tel: +27-11-883-3197
Fax: +27-11-783-0229
Email: mail@woodburnmann.co.za

Newspapers that Publish Job Advertisements

Sunday Times
The Sunday Times is South Africa’s most popular national Sunday newspaper, and is considered the nation’s premier newspaper for recruitment advertisements. The ‘Careers’ section features advertisements for positions at all levels across all industry sectors, nationally and internationally. At the Sunday Times CareerJunction online, jobseekers can search job listings, get job information via email, build or update résumés/CVs, or get job-hunting and career building tips. The sister paper to the Sunday Times, The Times is a tabloid launched in 2007. It is not available for sale, but rather is distributed Monday through Friday free of charge to Sunday Times subscribers. It ties heavily into the Times website, providing additional content including blogs, podcasts and video online.

Tel: +27 11 280 3000

This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete South Africa Guide.

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