The Accelerated and Shared Growth Initiative for South Africa (ASGI-SA)
is a comprehensive government plan that was launched to ensure the continuation
of South Africas vibrant economic growth. One of the key elements
of this plan is to recruit skilled foreigners in certain key areas.
The Immigration Act of 2002 allows for the Minister of Home Affairs to
consult with the Minister of Labour and the Minister of Trade and Industry
in order to identify areas of scarce, critical and special skills required
by the South African economy each year. A list of professional categories
and occupational classes are then identified and work permits made available.
The most recent list identifies almost 35 000 such positions across
53 different categories. These positions are available to be filled
by formally qualified foreigners who have a minimum of five years practical