The issuance of work permits and matters relating to residence in general are administered by the Department of Home Affairs, which has local offices in all the major cities of the Republic. Because of the general shortage of skilled labour and management personnel, the issuance of a work permit for those categories of persons, generally for a six-month period but renewable on a regular basis, rarely proves difficult to arrange. Expatriates working in South Africa on a contract basis are free to remit remuneration to their country of origin, and such expatriates are not subject to South African exchange control restrictions unless they choose to take up temporary or permanent residence in the country. Only in the case of permanent residency are these restrictions at all onerous.

"Nothing in this guide should be construed as legal advice from any lawyer of Werksmans. The guide is a general summary of developments or principles of interest, and may not apply directly to any specific circumstance. Professional advice should therefore be sought before action based on any information is taken."

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Werksmans Attorneys 

Werksmans Chambers, 22 Girton Road, Parktown, Johannesburg 2193 
P.O. Box 927, Johannesburg 2000 South Africa

Enquiries:        Mr Charles Butler
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