Employment in Cape Town, South Africa for someone 45

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    Mar 07, 2010 11:50 PM GMT
    I am contemplating a move to Cape Town, South Africa to be with my future husband. We can marry there and I can immigrate as his spouse. Plus his family is just super, super supportive of our relationship.

    However, I am really concerned about being able to find a good job once I move there. The last thing I want to do is move 20,000 miles and not be able to find work. The area around Cape Town is beautiful with the ocean and the mountains and the climate so I know that won't be an issue (driving on the left side of the road will take some getting used to though, :lolicon_smile.gif. So if anybody in Cape Town sees this and has some input, I'd be grateful.

    I have an MBA and experience in Telecom, Entertainment and of course, Health and Fitness. I figure my experience and skills will be unique there but do my qualifications matter more than the current employment laws in the country that protect the black South African population? I totally get why they were enacted but I would imagine if South Africa wants to continue to become a world class business center and a country that stands for progress and diversity (which all their marketing and literature seem to project), I would think those laws would be changing. My fiance says they are talking about doing just that, but we all know how slow government works......

    Thanks guys.
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    Mar 08, 2010 2:47 AM GMT
    Hey you guys! We did a little research and found some interesting stuff, namely, that they have enough semi-skilled and unskilled workers.

    Neither of us think that an MBA is only semi-skilled, so things seem pretty good for you.

    lol, if we're being naively Canadian about this, well, that's us but we did find this link for you to take a peek at. Seems you may in demand!

    http://www.careerjet.co.za/mba-jobs.html

    Fingers crossed, but not eyes (too hard to do stairs)

    -Doug and Bill
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    Mar 08, 2010 5:48 AM GMT
    Well, thanks for the link guys, that's one of the sites I monitor. Too bad all the "MBA" jobs right now seem to be financial advisor, accountant/controller and sales positions. Not really up my alley. I'm more a telecom back office function support guy, account manager/client services kind of guy.

    So you guys are in BC, near Vancouver? That's an alternative for us as well since Wulfie wants to get into animation eventually from graphic arts. How's the job market there right now?
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    Mar 08, 2010 5:49 AM GMT
    sounds exciting, I hope it works out for you.
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    Mar 08, 2010 6:04 AM GMT
    I did a miniature version of your move a few years ago, across the U.S. My advice is.. DO IT! While my move has in NO way turned out like I expected it to... it's been an invaluable and truly life changing experience.
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    Mar 09, 2010 6:11 AM GMT
    KentuckyTuss....I'm really looking forward to being in Cape Town. The country is beautiful and there is so much to do and everything about it seems positive but my mind just worries about the employment aspect of it and the money. I want us to have a nice life once we are married.....not rich or extravagant just comfortable. His family just LOVES me and his Mom is just itching to help plan the wedding (much to my baby's chagrin but I think its awesome!). I couldn't imagine a more supportive environment but we both want to be able to stand on our own two feet of course. So, he being 22 still has some schooling to finish in the next year so it's probably going to be at least that long before I move and me being 45 I'm a bit of a planner and I am not quite so comfortable with uncertainty at my age even though I understand that with uncertainty also comes all possibility! I'm just reaching out to see if I can find some information from people already living their that might be able to give me some indication of how difficult it will be to find a job being American, 45 and White.
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    Mar 09, 2010 4:25 PM GMT


    Well, the Vancouver job market isn't bad, but not overly great either. Methinks SA would be easier in a way, because your Mr handsome is a citizen of that country, yes?

    -Doug
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    Mar 10, 2010 1:40 AM GMT
    What major corporations and industries are prevalent in South Africa? Maybe researching those two things will help you dig up some leads. Also, look for US companies that might have satellite offices in South Africa.
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    Mar 10, 2010 1:42 AM GMT
    SA has a VERY high unemployment rate and VERY high crime. Its a nation in transition in the years following the demise of apartheid. Good Luck.
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    Mar 10, 2010 4:00 AM GMT
    Im from South Africa and it isn't half as bad as everyone (who don't even live here) have said...

    Check out careerjunction.co.za and careers24.com. You WILL find work but it might just take a bit longer in Cape Town than in Gauteng.

    People in SA gobble up the overseas work force, especially if you have experience and skill. The only thing we worry about here is affirmative action, which is a problem - doesn't matter if you are Afrikaans or English, if you are caucasian you are in the minority. And yes crime is a major issue, so is corruption and inefficiency and lack of service delivery but in the Western Cape the Democratic Alliance is in charge, not the corrupt ANC so things actually get done down there.

    But CPT is awesome, come and enjoy! It is what u make of it. Hope u get sorted out ASAP!

    Jonathan
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    Mar 10, 2010 4:36 AM GMT
    PtaJck21 saidIm from South Africa and it isn't half as bad as everyone (who don't even live here) have said...

    Check out careerjunction.co.za and careers24.com. You WILL find work but it might just take a bit longer in Cape Town than in Gauteng.

    People in SA gobble up the overseas work force, especially if you have experience and skill. The only thing we worry about here is affirmative action, which is a problem - doesn't matter if you are Afrikaans or English, if you are caucasian you are in the minority. And yes crime is a major issue, so is corruption and inefficiency and lack of service delivery but in the Western Cape the Democratic Alliance is in charge, not the corrupt ANC so things actually get done down there.

    But CPT is awesome, come and enjoy! It is what u make of it. Hope u get sorted out ASAP!

    Jonathan
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    Thanks Johnathan. My heart is definitely into moving there and it's nice to hear someone tell me things aren't as bad as people make them out to be. Not that they aren't a challenge, I see that with his parents, but still not TERRIBLE!

    I already have those two sites bookmarked and I check them periodically. The thing is they all state that it's illegal to apply for a position if you are not already authorized to work in RSA or are not a citizen/permanent resident. Moving there is not the big deal. Wulfie and I can get married and I can stay on a relatives permit and start job hunting. It's just that finding a job that's the scary thing.

    I find Cape Town beautiful and I don't think it has any worse issues than any other major city in the world (lord knows our politicians here are no saints in the corruption department either and God knows when they will allow gays to marry here). It would just be nice to have a job waiting for me when I get there but, as suggested, I would have to find a multi-national company willing to place me there. Otherwise I think I'll just have to make the move and look when I get there.

    Johannesburg/Gauteng does seem to be where a lot of the jobs are which I find kind of strange considering the size of Cape Town and it's location on the coast. I know J'burg is the largest city in the country and one of the government branches is located there, financial I think, (I know Cape Town is where the parliament is and I believe Pretoria is the judicial capital) so I guess being where the financial centers are located is somewhat of an advantage for jobs.

    I'm trying not to get overly bogged down with it just yet because Wulfie is coming to spend some time with me this summer and we'll have a chance to talk about things then but I guess I'm just trying to get some idea of what I may be facing when I get there at this juncture.
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    Mar 10, 2010 4:44 AM GMT
    meninlove said

    Well, the Vancouver job market isn't bad, but not overly great either. Methinks SA would be easier in a way, because your Mr handsome is a citizen of that country, yes?

    -Doug


    Well Doug and Bill from the aspect of just moving and getting to stay in the country, yes it is easier because they have same-sex marriage there already. The only chance we have for him to move here is the Visa Diversity Lottery this summer. We will know the results of that by the end of July. There are other options but they all come with stipulations that we can't meet in one way or another so, it sucks! We both already decided we don't want to try finding him a girl to marry because it's a headache and a big financial commitment we can't make and I'd hate living with the idea that we could be found out and him be sent back and never allowed to return.
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    Aug 06, 2010 11:16 AM GMT
    Hi there guys.

    Very happy citizen from Cape Town here. A friend of mine from Nigeria just got a job with out a work permit and the company is organising it for him. So get your ass here with your hubby to be and then sort it out. You can stay on a visitors visa for a good time and look for something and with your skills it wouldn't be that difficult.

    BUT... don't consider going to Johannesburg. It would be your ticket out of this country. Just be patient. JHB and CT is two very different animals, all the money is in JHB, that is assured, and if you want to sell your soul, it's a good place to start... Just a capetonians opinion.

    Hope to see you here soon.