South Africa’s long-term sustainability and economic prosperity depends on our ability to meaningfully participate in the digital skills economy. This is the opinion of Niël Malan, a managing partner of Tangent Solutions, in a recent opinion piece published on the Daily Maverick.
“Technology and software are embedding themselves in every aspect of our lives and business, and our ability to participate in the opportunities created by this global shift is essential to our future prosperity,” he says, adding that specialised skills such as coding, data analytics, cloud and cybersecurity are already limited in South Africa and will become increasingly necessary in the digital future.
If you’re a foreigner looking to work in South Africa and have these highly technical IT skills, there’s a good opportunity to work and live in the country through acquiring a critical skills visa. These are temporary residence visas that allow you and your family to live in South Africa – and after a number of years, you can apply for permanent residency.
If you’re skilled in the IT sector, there’s a strong chance you may be able to acquire a critical skills visa. Want to know more about how this works? Contact us for a consultation.