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Does any one know how I can get a work permit to work in SA?

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Hello everyone,
I'm a SUN certified Java programmer who lives in Nigeria. I would like to move down south to South Africa to work as a java programmer but I've got the same response to all the jobs I applied for out there through recruitment agencies (as I couldn't find a direct employer), I got the same response "We can not employ you if you do not have a work permit" or "please do confirm that you have a work permit, before we...". I have contacted the South African high commission here and they say they can only issue one if I have a letter of employment from a company in SA.
Has anyone gone through this before?
Is anyone here a South African?
Or does anyone know how I can get one of the South African dailies which carry IT vacancy adverts?
To view what some informed (IT)South Africans had to say about this, go to type in my name (Femi Alla) and go through the page which appears first on the resulting list.
Just so you know: The IT industry here in Nigeria(or Java job market)is virtually non-existent. I even put out an ad in the most widely read daily stating "A sun cerfified java programmer would like to work as a Java programmer...". It's 2 months and no response yet. That's why I want out.
Any helpful suggestions would be appreciated.
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Hi Femi
There is unfortunately no logical link between the work-skills required by a country and the method by which you can apply to fulfill those apparent shortages.
South Africa is certainly no exception. While Java skills are undoubtedly in demand in SA, the rules for getting a work permit are still just as rigorous. The wheels of the government services in SA also move very slowly, and they can take months to process the simplest of requests. This is all quite funny when you consider the huge percentage of the SA'n population that are illegal immigrants. Their borders are relatively unprotected and a forked-stick serves as a practical passport and visa to most aspiring immigrants - as long as you're willing to dodge the wildlife, that is
But I'm losing the plot now. About getting a work permit in SA the most practical solution is obviously to get a job offer from some-or-other prospective employer. There are some IT-specific papers that might be worth a Google or two, such as Computing SA and Computer Week. You may also want to check out some other sites that have job search engines, such as,,
Other than this, some large corporation names that ring a bell might be worth direct application: Telkom, Standard Bank, First National Bank, ABSA Bank, Safmarine Shipping, etc.
I wish I could help more
Good luck.
Femi Alla
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Dear Mark howard,
Have you ever gone so far doing something that you forgot where you started from?
That's exactly what happened to me in this case, your respose was so rich and timely, it's led me on to many other things. There's now light at the end of the tunnel.
I just want to say, thank you so much.
This will take every ounce of my mental strength! All for a tiny ad:
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