Do you understand the different cultures you see in your office?

different cultures your officeStats SA recently released figures for documented immigrants in South Africa in 2015.

A total of 75 076 temporary residency permits were approved, of which 12 354 were work visas. Permanent residency were awarded to 6 397 immigrants of which 4 354 were for immigrants on work permits. This means over two-thirds of the issued permits were acquired using the work category status.

Why is it important that you know this?

From the figures above we can see there are more than 16 000 immigrants working in South Africa. That means more than 16 000 people working in South African companies with cultures different to ours.

Being sensitive to these differences could benefit your business immensely. It could lead to greater teamwork and better productivity. Read more Do you understand the different cultures you see in your office?

Home Affairs: 60% South African employees – or else!

Since May60% south african employees 2014, South Africa business and corporate visa holders must have a workforce with at least 60% South African employees. Additionally, these people must be permanently employed across the business in various positions.

This is, as the Department of Home Affairs has said many times, to protect the interests of South Africans in the workplace.

In a country struggling with a high unemployment rate, this strategy is undeniable necessary.

 

Unfortunately not all business owners adhere to this regulation and now the Department of Home Affairs has announced they are cracking down on businesses who are ignoring the law.

Read more Home Affairs: 60% South African employees – or else!

ZSP Permit Update: You could lose valued employees!

zsp permit updateMinister of Home Affairs, Mr Malusi Gigaba recently announced a ZSP permit update, but it wasn’t necessarily what permit holders wanted to hear.

Unfortunately, all Zimbabweans on Zimbabwe Special Permits (ZSP) will have to follow the normal channels of applying for a work or study visa when their permits expire on 31 December 2017.

This means ZSP permit holders must apply for one of the various visas provided for in the South African Immigration Act.

Read more ZSP Permit Update: You could lose valued employees!

Read this if you still have employees on a quota work permit!

In May 2014, new immigration regulations came into effect in South Africa. These regulations introduced a lot of change to the immigration industry. One of the more significant changes was the repealment of the quota work permit.

How does this affect you?

Employees who are still on quota work permits won’t be able to renew their permits. To keep these employees with the company, you’ll have to start looking at alternative work visas.

We urge you to do this sooner rather than later. Your alternative visas could take up to a year to finalise!

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Read more Read this if you still have employees on a quota work permit!

Did you know that hiring foreign workers in South Africa could take up to a year?

hiring foreign workers in south africa
There are very few companies that make hiring decisions a year in advance.

The thing is, it could take up to a year before you welcome a candidate in your office when hiring foreign workers in South Africa.

You might be thinking to yourself, “Surely it’s unrealistic to expect an employer to wait up to a year for an employee?”

We think you are right, but unfortunately the Department of Labour’s main concern is immigration procedures – not your employee shortage.

Read more Did you know that hiring foreign workers in South Africa could take up to a year?