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SA targets skilled immigrants

2011-06-09 15:26

Pretoria - South Africa is aiming to attract 50 000 skilled migrants annually, department of home affairs director general Mkuseli Apleni said in Pretoria on Thursday.

Part of the department's strategic plan was to implement policy that would achieve this target, he said.

However, South Africa would have to aim to attract the migrants from non-African countries.

"We don't want a brain drain from Africa to South Africa."

Asked what sort of visa process would be put in place to attract skilled migrants, he said the department would have to come up with a policy attractive to its target.

"We are competing with the rest of the world. We have to be able to sell our country," he said.

He said one possible measure could be the offer of permanent residence to skilled migrants after three years.

Comments
  • Bill - 2011-06-09 16:13

    You had skilled...you chased them out the country, You have had time to train, but have failed to do so. Typical of a failed government, with draconian non productive policies!

  • Pupuzela - 2011-06-09 16:16

    Stop AA and your problem regarding the skills shortage is solved. It really is beyond belief.

  • Nunya - 2011-06-09 16:17

    We have skilled workers, but they have all been replaced by unskilled, incompetent AA appointments, you idiots!!

  • Hennie - 2011-06-09 16:17

    this is bs...why don't they offer these jobs to non BEE people then we would be able to fill these posts...

  • Tired - 2011-06-09 16:18

    Why do you think the skilled people left? They talk were ever they went, good luck recruiting other skilled people.

  • Hennie - 2011-06-09 16:20

    this is bs...why don't they offer these jobs to non BEE people then we would be able to fill these posts...

  • schmerz - 2011-06-09 16:23

    "However, South Africa would have to aim to attract the migrants from non-African countries." Awesome, chase them all away then beg them to come back. What great 'leaders' we have. Good luck, but I think you've already shot yourself in the foot by declaring war on whites. Or what? You going to invite them over to die? I suggest you take a SERIOUS look at what you are doing Inept buffoons

  • DABOSS247365 - 2011-06-09 16:26

    How about training skilled professionals locally, & then affording them the opportunity to practice their skill sin local companies without discrimination based on their skin colour / political affiliation? We do have all the necessary facilities, both in terms of the training & then in terms of the employment if this article is anything to go by... Just saying

  • JustSaying - 2011-06-09 16:36

    Isn't this ironic? South Africa experiences its own brain drain due to hordes of skilled whites leaving the country to find work elsewhere because AA/BEE makes it so difficult for whites to find work in South Africa. Now they want to make a policy to attract foreign workers? What about all those black workers in South Africa that supposedly justified having BEE? Aren't they skilled enough? If not, shouldn't they fix the education system instead, or scrap BEE and retain the skilled South Africans that are leaving?

  • Swaar - 2011-06-09 16:38

    HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA As long as they are BLACK!!!! HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA HA

  • J T - 2011-06-09 16:39

    What about the existing skilled whites in SA? Why are skilled South Africans being overlooked? Whites are also SA citizens. Many highly skilled white professionals have lost their jobs due to AA and BEE. Very unfair.

  • Gareth Edwards - 2011-06-09 16:45

    The question that could be asked is, why are we looking abroad when we still have skill locally? Rather change the labor laws so that people are hired based upon skill. How would we even attract skill to this country when the rules say that you have to fill quota's? It does not make any sense.

  • Gareth Edwards - 2011-06-09 16:48

    The question that could be asked is, why are we looking abroad when we still have skill locally? Rather change the labor laws so that people are hired based upon skill. How would we even attract skill to this country when the rules say that you have to fill quota's? It does not make any sense.

  • Basson - 2011-06-09 16:50

    Good luck with that. Skilled white men are still leaving the country .. thanks to the racist BEE laws. Who in a non Africa country wants to work in a crime ridden land like ours anyway.

  • jason banfield - 2011-06-09 19:56

    So wait, I must leave the country and apply as an immigrant to get a job here?

  • JustSaying - 2011-06-10 00:42

    Isn't this ironic? South Africa experiences its own brain drain due to hordes of skilled whites leaving the country to find work elsewhere because AA/BEE makes it so difficult for whites to find work in South Africa. Now they want to make a policy to attract foreign workers? What about all those black workers in South Africa that supposedly justified having BEE? Aren't they skilled enough? If not, shouldn't they fix the education system instead, or scrap BEE and retain the skilled South Africans that are leaving?

  • Surtur - 2011-06-10 03:42

    So these people from abroad... are they going to be black to comply with the BEE laws?

  • Realist - 2011-06-10 12:14

    Another Clever ANC ploy to screw things up. How much will it cost to get a visa? A work permit? How many back handers? ESKOM employs lots of blacks from overseas to meet their quotas set by this RACIST ANC bunch of incompetents.

  • barries.barnard1 - 2011-06-10 16:57

    Why is it then that I know so many highly skilled people having no job or doing a much lesser job than what they are capable off? There is most definitely something wrong with this initiative. What will be the criteria for foreigners to qualify. Do these skills have to be labelled AA only?

  • wmutahi - 2011-06-13 07:58

    What a bowl of crap. South Africa still believes the best of skills are non-african. Don't give the lame excuse of brain drain from "Africa" to South Africa.

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