Market Review

Five reasons to recruit in South Africa?

1) Size

South Africa is a country of 50 million people that is rich in diverse cultures, people and natural heritage.

2) Economy

Enjoying remarkable macroeconomic stability and a pro-business environment, South Africa is a logical and attractive choice for international companies to enter the African continent. It is the most advanced, broad-based and productive economy in Africa, and has a gross domestic product (GDP) of $363.7 billion in 2010, or about one third of the total GDP for sub-Saharan Africa region. Over the last five years, the annual growth of South Africa’s GDP has averaged 3.2 percent.

3) English Skill
English is the fourth most common first language in the country (9.6%), but is understood in most urban areas and is the dominant language in government and the media.

4) Education System

South Africa has a 3-tier system of education starting with primary school, followed by high school and tertiary education in the form of (academic) universities and universities of technology. High School education spans a further five years. The Senior Certificate examination takes place at the end of grade 12 and is necessary for tertiary studies at a South African university

Public universities in South Africa are divided into three types: traditional universities, which offer theoretically oriented university degrees; universities of technology ("Technikons"), which offer vocational oriented diplomas and degrees; and comprehensive universities, which offer both types of qualification. There are 23 public universities in South Africa: 11 traditional universities, 6 universities of technology and 6 comprehensive universities.

5) Study Abroad Numbers

Top 10 destinations and number of students from South Africa studying aboard:

Rank

Place of Destination

Percent of Total

1

United States

24.26%

2

United Kingdom

18.03%

3

Australia

10.41%

4

Cuba

6.34%

5

Canada

4.42%

6

Mauritius

4.03%

7

India

3.09%

8

Germany

3.08%

9

Saudi Arabia

2.96%

10

Brazil

2.05%

*Data time reference: 2014 | Source: UNESCO Institute for Statistics. (2016).

 

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