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    • South Africa has 3 capital cities, Cape Town (Legislative), Pretoria (Administrative), and Bloemfontein (Judicial).
    • South African employees work an average of 43.3 hours per week, and it is ranked the fifth hardest working country in the world.
    • South Africa is the world’s largest producer of platinum group metals, gold and chromium.

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Working in South Africa

Employment Information

In South Africa, the standard working week typically consists of 40 hours. Employees are entitled to a minimum of 15 days of paid holiday per year, allowing them to take time off and rejuvenate. The country also observes 13 public holidays, providing additional days off for celebration and relaxation. Sick leave is accrued based on the time worked, with employees granted 1 day of sick leave for every 26 days worked during the initial 6 months.

For individuals seeking employment in South Africa, obtaining the appropriate visa is necessary. The Critical Skills and General Work Permits are among the types of visas that may be required, ensuring that the workforce aligns with specific skills and qualifications required for certain positions.


Businesses planning to expand in South Africa should be aware of the country’s taxation system. South Africa operates under a progressive tax system, with different tax rates based on income brackets.

Corporate income tax is levied at a flat rate of 28% for companies, while small business corporations enjoy a lower rate of 7% to 28% based on their taxable income. Value Added Tax (VAT) is imposed at a standard rate of 15% on most goods and services, with some exceptions and zero-rated items.

Employers are responsible for deducting Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE) taxes from their employees’ salaries, which are then remitted to the South African Revenue Service (SARS).

Other taxes to consider include capital gains tax, withholding tax on dividends and interest, and customs duties for imports and exports. It’s important for businesses to understand and comply with South Africa’s tax regulations, maintain accurate records, and meet the required filing and payment deadlines.

Seeking professional advice from tax consultants or accountants with expertise in South African tax laws can greatly assist businesses in navigating the taxation landscape.

Cultural Information

South Africa is a country with linguistic and religious diversity. While English serves as the primary language, reflecting its colonial history, South Africa boasts a rich tapestry of languages, including Afrikaans, Zulu, and many more.

This linguistic variety reflects the multicultural nature of the nation. In terms of religion, Christianity holds the majority in South Africa, with over 80% of the population identifying themselves as Christian. The Christian faith plays a significant role in the cultural fabric of the country, shaping traditions, values, and social norms.

However, it’s important to note that South Africa is also home to followers of other religions, including Islam, Hinduism, and traditional indigenous beliefs, showcasing the country’s religious pluralism and tolerance.

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