South Africa's Critical Skills List Gets Expats Worried

Foreigners in South Africa who are working with skills considered essential to the country's economy are worried that the government will cut down the number of critical skills one needs to have, to obtain a work permit. Most of them have said that this action could force them to leave the country. South Africa's Critical Skills List Gets Expats Worried According to immigration lawyers, a document containing a reduced number of skills is making its rounds among foreign workers. This document is marked, “draft confidential” in the copy possessed by Reuters. The lawyers are saying that the document is not given proper consultation and is being rushed through. Some of the foreigners are suspecting that this move to stampede the regulations guiding the employment of expatriates is reflective of a rising climate of economic nationalism which will not favor the employment of foreigners in South Africa. They believe that the country should treat the issue of blacks having access to jobs and skills as a delicate issue especially since millions of them are still living in sub-standard conditions 25 years after apartheid. As the unemployment rates in the country are hitting at over 27 percent and the inequality has become a top political issue as the national elections draw near.

The draft list of the new critical skills is getting finalised

The draft list containing skills in limited supply is undergoing its final compilation in line with the pledges made by the country's president, Cyril Ramaphosa, to improve on immigration as the country works on boosting investment. The CEO of Business Leadership SA, Bonang Mohale, thinks that the draft was very much shorter and contained a lot of restrictions. Mohale whose company deals in government and labor said the list removed some sectors like architecture and then reduced ones like the life and earth sciences. He remarked that South Africa was battling with a colossal shortage of skills, so the reductions were not helpful. Tito Mboweni, South Africa's Finance Minister said the country needed to strengthen its efforts to attract skilled workers from other countries because visa denials were already encouraging the perception that South African officials are xenophobic. Stay connected to to get updates about visa news from Asia, Africa, US, Americas, Australia, Europe, and the Middle East! We will also assist you with the visa process for the chosen country.

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