Stats 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?