Excerpted from the South Africa Career Guide
There is a great demand for certain professions and skills in South Africa. There are many job vacancies in fields like information technology, skilled labor, teaching, health care and engineering. Too few highly skilled technicians are available for the hundreds of thousands of jobs posted.
The problem has its roots in the fact that too few South African students are taking technical and scientific courses at college. Remuneration too is often not adequate. Nursing and teaching are demanding professions where the pay does not necessarily encourage vast numbers of trainees.
Opportunities therefore abound for the expatriate looking for work in these industries.
Business Network International (BNI)
Business Network International (BNI) is a business and professional networking organization. Its chapter members meet weekly (usually over breakfast) with the objective of generating referrals among members in a structured and supportive environment. BNI has been in existence for ten years, and new chapters are founded regularly. BNI teaches business professionals that the word-of-mouth process is about cultivating professional relationships for the mutual benefit of all. Chapter contact information can be found on the website.
BNI South Africa
301 Villa Tiberina
St James Road
Post Office Box 10049
Tel: +27 21 433 1241
Fax: +27 86 693 5675
Institute of Management Consultants of South Africa (IMCSA)
The institute is the professional body representing the management consulting profession. It sets and maintains standards for the profession in Southern Africa, seeks recognition for the profession, and provides education and accreditation for its membership. The institute acts as the certifying body for the management consulting and master coaching professions, and represents and enhances these professions in South Africa to clients, authorities and the community at large.
Tel: +27 11 789 9996
Fax: +27 86 527 0465
Industry Organizations and Councils
Afrikaanse Handelsinstituut (AHI)
http://www.ahi.co.za (Afrikaans, English)
The AHI is an employer organization involved in all sectors of the economy except primary agriculture. It was established in 1942, and today is one of the principal employer organizations in the country, representing members of trade, industry, mining, financial institutions and a variety of service organizations. The AHI’s head office is in Pretoria, and there are offices in the nine provinces of South Africa.
Tel: +27 12 348 5440
Fax: +27 12 348 8771
Unions and Labor Organizations
Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU)
The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) was established in 1985 and is the largest of the country’s three main labor federations. It is a partner in the Tripartite Alliance, together with the South African Communist Party and African National Congress, and has a combined membership of more than 2 million workers in 21 affiliated trade unions. COSATU’s objectives are to improve the material conditions of its members and of working people in general, to organize the unorganized and to ensure worker participation in the struggle for peace and democracy.
Tel: +27 11 339 4911
Fax: +27 11 339 5080
International Women’s Club (IWC) - Johannesburg
The International Women’s Club (IWC) has more than 300 members from many countries, including South Africa, and has been in existence for more than 40 years. According to the club’s constitution, no one nationality may exceed 33 percent of the total membership. The group meets on the first Tuesday of each month. Meetings generally include an invited speaker. The group also has a wide range of special interest groups, including book and reading clubs, bridge, cultural cooking, gardening, golf, mahjong, scrapbooking, sewing, travel and study groups. An email contact form is available on the website.
Post Office Box 69481
Chambers of Commerce
Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Johannesburg (JCCI)
The Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Johannesburg (JCCI) strives to be an independent, non-political, subscription-based association dedicated to promoting a business-friendly environment. Members are drawn from every sector of the economy, and range from independent entrepreneurs to large corporations.
Chamber of Commerce and Industry-Johannesburg
27 Owl Street (corner of Empire Road)
Private Bag 34
Auckland Park 2006
Tel: +27 11 726 5300
Fax: +27 11 482 2000
Major Trade Publications
http://www.fin24.co.za/FinWeek/ (Afrikaans, English)
FinWeek, published weekly, provides an overview of economic information along with award-winning investment advice. It is published in English and Afrikaans, and markets itself as an essential and focused publication for the business and investment community. Full access to the FinWeek website is restricted to print subscribers, but there are selected lead stories and archived articles available online for general access. There is an online contact form on the website.
AC Brabys (Pty.) Limited is the largest and longest-established specialist business directory publisher in Southern Africa, having been in continuous operation for 100 years. Brabys has local operations throughout Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands, and publishes a wide range of specialist business directories, as well as tourist guides, tourist maps, town and city brochures, and official publications. Brabys.com is the most comprehensive online business directory for Southern Africa and the Indian Ocean islands. It is the premier guide for information on businesses, community, government, recreation and entertainment. With enhanced search fields, Brabys.com is searchable by business type, business name and telephone, and offers a helpful dialing/postal code search. It also offers job searches, and will publish jobseekers’ CVs.
Tel: +27 31 717 4000
Fax: +27 31 717 4001
This is just a short sample of what you’ll find in over 100 pages of information in the complete South Africa Guide.