Skilled foreigners welcome in SA

first_img27 February 2006South Africa is welcoming skilled foreigners with open arms. The government has issued a list of quota work permits for selected professions, which means foreign nationals with the required qualifications and experience will be allowed to enter the country without first having secured employment.The permits are issued according to a yearly quota, determined by the National Critical Skills list according to how scarce or essential a particular skill is in South Africa.The regulations are designed to raise skills levels in the country, as part of the broad government initiative boost economic growth to 6% by 2010 and halve poverty and unemployment by 2014.Last week Public Service and Administration Minister Geraldine Fraser-Moleketi announced that foreign nationals who met the requirements would be allowed to apply at a foreign mission abroad or at any Home Affairs office inside South Africa.The quotas were determined in consultation with the departments of Trade and Industry and Labour.Unlike other work permits, quota work permits are issued to applicants before they have secured employment. Holders are allowed into to South Africa so that they can look for jobs in specific professions. The permits don’t guarantee employment; rather, they give skilled foreigners the opportunity to compete for work in the country on an equal footing with South Africans.This is a major departure from the previous system, which required proof that a South African could not have filled the post.Fifty-six occupations have been identified, with the requirement that the potential job seeker should have at least five years experience and have registered with their relevant professional body.“These quotas are determined using the National Critical Skills list – a mechanism designed to assist in recruiting certain skills into South Africa,” Home Affairs Minister Nosiviwe Mapisa Nqakula said when the quotas were announced.“Foreign nationals who are already in the country and possess the needed skills may also apply for work quota permits. These do not only apply to those outside the country.”The full list of the annual quotas for each profession is below. All require registration with the relevant professional body, where applicable, and at least five years’ relevant experience.Science and engineeringAeronautical engineers – 500Aircraft maintenance engineers – 500Autotronics: vehicle diagnostic technicians – 500Avionic engineers – 250Chemical engineers (including rubber & plastic) – 100Construction: civil/structuralengineers – 5 000Design and engineering: piping and pipe laying – 500Electronic: radio frequency and signal engineers; microwave and satelliteengineers – 500Geologists – 100Astronomers – 200Astrophysicists – 200Atmospheric physicists – 200Surface physicist – 200Space scientists – 200Geophysicists – 150Industrial Engineers – 5 000Jewellery designers – 250Mechanical engineers (including pressure vessel and stress analysis) – 1 000Metallurgical engineers (including material processes and development;metrologists) – 250Mining: rock and colliery engineers – 100Aircraft maintenance technicians – 1 000Architectural technicians – 1 000Aviations technicians (aviation-specific design and machining technologies) – 1 000Dimensional controllers – 100Earth sciences technicians – 250Electrical mechanical including instrumentation – 1 000Electronic technicians: silicon and microchip developers – 1 000Foundry metallurgists – 500Hydraulics and pneumatics technicians – 1 000Industrial / product development technologists – 1 000NDE technicians – 500Tool designers (including millwrights, melters, coded welders and moulders) – 3000Health and educationMaths and science teachers – 1 000Biological science technicians – 3 000Bioinformatics – 1 000Biomedical engineers – 1 000Combinatorial and computationalchemistry – 150 Information technologySoftware developers – 1 500Software engineers – 1 500ICT security specialists (including dimensional controllers) – 1 000Agricultural sciencesAgricultural economist (econometrics) – 500Agricultural engineers (including farm irrigation systems engineers) – 1000Agricultural extension officers (technology-focused) – 1 000Agricultural statistics: biometrician, crop modeler – 1000Agricultural biotechnologists, genetic markers and promoters – 1 000Virologists – 250Oenologist / viticulture – 350Geneticists (plant breeders) – 1 000Pasture scientists – 500Plant pathologists – 1 000Food safety quality-assurancespecialists – 500Veterinarians – 500 Management and commerceActuaries – 500Financial market analyst – 500Risk managers – 500Download the original schedule in PDF format from the KwaZulu-Natal Law Society Library website.SouthAfrica.info reporterlast_img read more

What to know while battling palmer amaranth, waterhemp, more

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest At the recent Seed Consultants field day, agronomist Bill McDonald talked with Ohio Ag Net’s Dale Minyo about identifying the different types of weeds in Ohio fields. Differences between waterhemp and palmer amaranth is explained as is the need to take care of the weeds quickly and completely.last_img

#Relatable geocaching memes

first_img Geocaching with friends: What is life without laughter? Whether laughing at ourselves or with a friend, there’s a sense of humility that comes along with geocaching. We’ve highlighted some funny moments that geocachers experience.Which scenario do you relate to the most?How long does it take you to stop looking for the cache: You didn’t think it would end this way: We’ve all been there: Sometimes you get on a roll and got to keep going: Muggle: Wow, look at this view! Geocacher: Hold on—I’m looking for the cache!SAMSUNG That voice in your head: Share with your Friends:More And when you’ve finally succeeded: SharePrint RelatedGeocaching, the Gift of FriendshipMarch 11, 2013In “Groundspeak’s Weekly Newsletter”Geocacher of Month Nominees for April 2013 – Add Your CommentsApril 25, 2013In “Community”Geocaching 2 by 2 – Power your Relationships with GeocachingJune 3, 2013In “Geocaching Weekly Newsletter”last_img read more

Hootsuite to Add Delicious Blackberry Flavor

first_imgcurt hopkins Why Tech Companies Need Simpler Terms of Servic… Top Reasons to Go With Managed WordPress Hosting A Web Developer’s New Best Friend is the AI Wai… Related Posts center_img Tags:#Microcontent#web 8 Best WordPress Hosting Solutions on the Market Hootsuite Twitter client is launching a private beta of its Blackberry app. Blackberry may arguably not be as cool as other smart phones anymore, but the people who use them tend to do so in an enterprise context. Their concerns are more around efficiency, ease and profitability than cool. Hootsuite’s Blackberry client may offer them more than the device’s native Twitter app. The ability to manage multiple Twitter accounts and social networks, as well as multi-user accounts, blog integration and scheduling features, all from the handheld you’re already used to employing may prove a load off of die-hard Blackberry users. Their new social relationship and support tools indicate Hootsuite’s depth of commitment to enterprise, as IntoMobile reminds us. last_img read more

Shankarsinh Vaghela quits Congress; rules out joining BJP

first_imgAfter months of speculation, Leader of the Opposition in Gujarat Shankersinh Vaghela on Friday resigned from the Congress. Announcing the decision at a massive gathering to mark his 77th birthday, Mr. Vaghela said he had resigned as Leader of the Opposition and would resign as legislator after the Rajya Sabha elections.However, he ruled out joining the BJP, which he had split in the mid 1990s.Mr.Vaghela slammed the Congress leadership and culture while asking his supporters, including legislators, to decide their future.A veteran of Gujarat politics, Mr. Vaghela has been at odds with the Congress high command for “ignoring his suggestions” and not allowing him free rein to take on the BJP in the Assembly polls slated for later this year.“You don’t want to fight yourself, nor will you allow anyone to fight because you have taken supari from BJP,” Mr. Vaghela said, taking on the Congress leadership, without naming anybody. “It is my destiny that I became victim of political conspiracy, first in the BJP and now in the Congress. I have always fought against injustice,” he said, indicating that a few leaders in the Congress conspired to ensure his expulsion.“I had told Soniaji mein aapka bharosa nahi todunga (I will not betray your trust). I went to meet her, told her “Thanks a lot madam for everything. I may not remain with the party after sometime, but don’t worry I am not going anywhere.” I am not joining BJP,” he said.He said the party leadership did not even listen to the MLAs or try to resolve the issues they raised with the high command.“For three years, you have not been able to appoint a president for Ahmedabad city Congress. This is not how a political party can be run,” he said.last_img read more

Best of the best

first_imgHotel management clarifies SEAG footballers’ kikiam breakfast issue Statistical leader and rookie Christian Standhardinger was third, with NorthPort’s Stanley Pringle winding up fourth and Barangay Ginebra’s Japeth Aguilar bringing up the rear of the five-man pack of candidates.Banchero tallied 753 points, with Standhardinger, who would have been a shoo-in for the award had San Miguel Beer made the Finals, finishing with a total of 659.FEATURED STORIESSPORTSPrivate companies step in to help SEA Games hostingSPORTSSEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completionSPORTSUrgent reply from Philippine ‍football chiefMagnolia and Alaska are locked in a heated race for the season-ending conference title, with the Hotshots shooting to take a 3-1 lead at press time at Smart Araneta Coliseum.The two teams split the biggest individual awards handed out Wednesday night with the Aces’ Mike Harris running away with the Best Import trophy over Romeo Travis of Magnolia. Trending Articles PLAY LIST 00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles00:50Trending Articles02:42PH underwater hockey team aims to make waves in SEA Games01:44Philippines marks anniversary of massacre with calls for justice01:19Fire erupts in Barangay Tatalon in Quezon City01:07Trump talks impeachment while meeting NCAA athletes02:49World-class track facilities installed at NCC for SEA Games02:11Trump awards medals to Jon Voight, Alison Krauss Photo by Tristan Tamayo/INQUIRER.netPlaying one of his finest and complete tournaments, Magnolia’s Paul Lee on Wednesday night won his first Best Player of the Conference (BPC) award over Alaska’s Chris Banchero after getting 31 out of 36 first place votes from the covering media.The 6-foot dynamo finished fourth in the statistical points (SP) race and was just a rung ahead of Banchero before getting 424 out of 885 points from the media votes to tally 1013.ADVERTISEMENT Harris, a 35-year-old NBA veteran who the Aces had chased since 2009, topped the SP race with 540 after getting 31 first place votes from the media and 150 points from the PBA to tally 1209.Travis won the players’ votes and finished with 914 in his attempt to win a second Best Import award. Interestingly, he won his first one while playing for Alaska two years ago.The season MVP awards will be handed out during the opening ceremonies on Jan. 13.June Mar Fajardo, San Miguel Beer’s reigning four-time MVP, leads the race for the highest individual award in the league, and will face a little opposition from the likes of Pringle and Aguilar.Fajardo won the BPC during the Philippine Cup and had another strong showing in the Commissioner’s Cup before San Miguel lost to Barangay Ginebra in the Finals.ADVERTISEMENT Private companies step in to help SEA Games hosting LATEST STORIES TS Kammuri to enter PAR possibly a day after SEA Games opening Pringle, meanwhile, has consistently been NorthPort’s top gun, but the Batang Pier have hardly made any serious headway in any tournament this season.Aguilar will ride on his performance in the Commissioner’s Cup plus a semifinal stint in the season-ending conference.Sports Related Videospowered by AdSparcRead Next LOOK: Joyce Pring goes public with engagement to Juancho Triviñocenter_img SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion MOST READ Is Luis Manzano planning to propose to Jessy Mendiola? Don’t miss out on the latest news and information. Lacson: 2019 budget delay due to P75-B House ‘insertion’ Pacquiao steps up training for Broner tiff SEA Games: Biñan football stadium stands out in preparedness, completion View commentslast_img read more