Working as an Expat in South Africa

So you’re a trailing spouse and you’ve made your peace with moving to South Africa. You may even have allowed yourself to become excited at the prospect. But you hate to give up working altogether. What are your options for finding employment in South Africa? 

This is a scenario many expats, and spouses in particular, find themselves in after the decision to move to South Africa has been made. Many of you have asked me about employment opportunities, and I typically tell you that it’s going to be difficult, if not near impossible.

This is why I’m excited to publish the following guest post  by Khutso Madubanya-Vijoen, the founder of Free2Prosper, a personal development service and business model. (Full disclosure: I have not participated in this service myself, but am intrigued by it). Read on to learn all about Free2Prosper and how it could create a flexible work opportunity for you.

People with map researching employment options in South Africa

Employment in South Africa: Implications for the Expat

by Khutso Madubanya-Vijoen

For many local South Africans, the takeover of a new president could not arrive sooner in South Africa. The reason? The economy. Under the leadership of the outgoing President Zuma, corruption and unemployment made news headlines on a near daily basis. South Africa’s unemployment rate averages 30% but is above 50% for those employable under the age of 35 (Statistics South Africa). This means every other employable person in South Africa does not have a job.

Now, what does that mean for the expatriate moving to South Africa?

Like most countries in the world, when it comes to hiring, South Africa favours its own people. Initiatives such as the critical skills visa are meant to encourage only those expats with rare skills to obtain employment. As you may already be well aware, obtaining a visa of this nature can take years due to the bureaucracy involved. Another option is securing employment before you reach South Africa, which can be difficult to do given the high unemployment rate in the country. In sum, if you are an expat moving to South Africa, you have two worries ahead of you: first, your normal entry and residency requirements (e.g. valid passport), which we all know can be testing on its own; and second, obtaining permission to work in South Africa, which can be especially difficult if your skills do not fall into the “critical skills” category.

What about starting a business rather than seeking employment? It’s a valid thought. But in South Africa, starting a business can be equally challenging. You would need a business visa or independent financial permit, which can take just as long to obtain as any other type of visa. Moreover, local government requirements such as mandatory employment quotas for locals and other industrial relations and investment legislation can present further frustrations for the expat entrepreneur. To complicate matters more, your business visa does not necessarily allow your family members to also earn income. The story is very similar when it comes to student permits/visas – the accompanying family members have limited employment rights in the country.

Now, here is an easier (bureaucracy-free) way to ease into South Africa and be able to make a living while there. It’s called Free2Prosper.

Free2Prosper: The Ideal Mobile Business That Travels the World With You

Free2Prosper provides you with an opportunity to start and run your own lucrative international business – all online! All you need is a laptop and a phone (ok, good Wifi too). Best of all? Doing this requires no work permits or job visas!

By partnering with Free2Prosper, you become your own boss and because this is an online business, you gain mobility and location independence. That means you can work from home or anywhere in the world where you find yourself! Best yet? Your market stretches beyond the limits of South Africa – your market is the world.

If you are a bit jittery about technology or business, and have no idea how to run an online business, Free2Prosper provides you with an established system (tried and tested) to set up your own successful online business in personal development. This way, there is no need for you to reinvent the wheel. Moreover, with this system, you get full training by highly experienced global entrepreneurs who will show you the ropes, step-by-step. You are also assigned your own personal mentor to guide you for as long as you need them!

Financial independence is another perk you can expect from partnering with Free2Prosper. Its business model is unique. It combines the best features of several traditional business models. It is also highly lucrative.  Transactions in this business are conducted exclusively in U.S dollars, so no matter where you are, you never have to worry about the exchange rate inflating your costs or chewing your profits!

By joining the Free2Prosper system, you gain camaraderie with like-minded people from all over the world. Free2Prosper connects you with a community of highly ethical individuals who all share a passion for developing themselves and bettering the lives of others. You would get to partake in near daily training calls where you get to learn from others and build lasting professional relationships. This is as much a professional cohort as it is a social and spiritual one.

Ultimately, Free2Prosper is not only about making money, but it also about empowering others. By building your own business in personal development, you would be helping others transcend self-limiting beliefs and tap into their own full potential. There is a reason why the personal development industry is one of the fastest growing industries in the world at the moment – people as a collective, are realizing the power of consciousness and the need for it in today’s world. You could be part of this movement too!

If what you read resonates with you, go to, fill out the form, and Free2Prosper will get back to you. Alternatively, you can email, or call +27 72 443 5382 (RSA office), + 1 303 800 4213 (USA office), or + 44 20 7193 7388 (UK office).

This post was sponsored by Free2Prosper.

Khutso Madubanya-Viljoen is the owner of the career development service Free2ProsperKhutso Madubanya-Vijoen, Founder & CEO of Free2Prosper regards herself as a global citizen. She was born in South Africa and has lived in Thailand, New Zealand, Swaziland, the United States, Australia and the United Kingdom over a 20-year period. Khutso founded Free2Prosper in response to the employment hurdles she has encountered during her frequent moves, with the goal to give fellow expats an opportunity to own and run a mobile business that is location-independent.