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Visa Requirements  
  A work-seeker's permit should be obtained in order to work in South Africa. You can apply for work permit at any South African Embassy, High Commission or Consulate. If South Africa is not represented in your country or a neighbouring country, you can also lodge your application via a registered Employment/Immigration Agent or Attorney.

The overriding consideration in work permit applications is whether the employment or task to be undertaken cannot be performed by a South African Citizen or an approved immigrant already residing in South Africa. Therefore, work permits are only granted on instances where South African Citizens or permanent residents are not available for appointment or cannot be trained for the position.

Please note that this information serves as a guide only. Requirements for work permits in South Africa are subject to change and each application is treated as an individual case. For further enquiries, please consult your nearest South African embassy, High Commission or Consulate.
Immigration  
  The South African Department of Home Affairs provides general immigration information. For further details, please visit their website at http://www.home-affairs.gov.za
Health Insurance  
  It is highly recommended that visitors to South Africa obtain Travel Medical Insurance in order to ensure the availability and delivery of medical facilities and services.
Medical System  
  South Africa's health system consists of a large public sector and a smaller private sector. Health care varies from the most basic primary health care, offered free by the state, to specialised health services available in the private sector which caters to middle and high income earners.
Taxation  
  For general information on South Africa's taxation system please consult the South Africa Revenue Service (SARS) website at http://www.sars.gov.za.
Housing and Accommodation Section
  The Greenwood Guides website provides a listing of rental properties across South Africa. For property selections, please visit their website at http://www.greenwoodguides.com/
Currency  
  The official currency is the South African Rand (ZAR, or more commonly, R). One hundred cents comprise a rand.
Languages  
  There are eleven official languages in South Africa; they are English, Afrikaans, Zulu, Ndebele, Swazi, Sotho, Tsonga, Tswana, Pedi, Venda and Xhosa.
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