South Africa

University of the Free State
+27 051 401-3219

See diving in south africa for details.

Due to the large number of unemployed South Africans, there are limited work opportunities for foreigners in South Africa.

Non South African citizens are only allowed to work in South Africa if they are in possession of a work permit. Students in Canada can apply for a work visa through SWAP (, although costs are high the service is helpful and well organized.

The process of applying for a work permit is similar to applying for a study permit, contact a South African High Commission, Embassy, Consulate or Trade Mission in your country of origin, or in the nearest country, should there be no South African representation is available in your country. Government form B1-159 A&C needs to be completed for the application. Processing of the application will take 8 to 12 weeks.

Non-South African citizens need to be in possession of a study permit to study inside the country. You should apply for one at a South African High Commission, Embassy, Consulate or Trade Mission in your country of origin, or in the nearest country, should there be no South African representation is available in your country. Government form BI-1738 (http://www.home-affairs.g...) needs to be completed for the application.

You will need to do some preparation to gain a study permit. At a minimum you will need acceptance by a South African University, repatriation guarantees, return air ticket and proof that you can cover living expenses while in South Africa before a permit will be issued. The cost for obtaining a study permit is R425 and applications take about 6 weeks to process.

Expect to spend about R5000 per month on general living expenses accommodation, food, travel, etc in addition to tuition fees.

There are many secondary and tertiary education centres in South Africa. The University of Cape Town is the top-ranked university in Africa, placing 198th in the world, according to the 2007 Times Higher Education ranking. The Universities of the Witwatersrand, Stellenbosch, Pretoria and KwaZulu-Natal also routinely appear in the Shanghai Jiao Tong University Top 500 rankings.

University of Pretoria
C/o Lynnwood Rd and Roper St Lynnwood, Pretoria
+27 012 420-3111
University of South Africa (UNISA)
Preller St, Muckleneuk, Pretoria
+27 011 670-9000

This university offers full-time classroom as well as distance learning courses.

University of the Witwatersrand (WITS)
Braamfontein, Johannesburg
+27 011 717-1000
University of Johannesburg
Bunting Rd, Auckland Park, Johannesburg
+27 011 489-3129
University of Cape Town
Cape Town
+27 021 650-2128
University of KwaZulu-Natal
Durban, Pietermaritzburg, Pinetown and Westville
+27 031 260-3414
Rhodes University
+27 (0)46 603-8111
South African Film School (AFDA)
Johannesburg and Cape Town
+27 011 482 8345
Stellenbosch University (Maties)
+27 021 808-4514
River Rafting:

The orange river on the border to namibia is a popular destination for rafting tours. several tour operators launch 4-6 day trips in blow-up boats from vioolsdrif with camping under the stars.

University of Fort Hare
+27 040 602-2011
University of Limpopo
+27 015 268-9111
North-West University
11 Hoffman St, Potchefstroom
+27 018 299-1111
University of the Western Cape
Cape Town
+27 021 959-3900

South Africa is also an excellent venue to learn new skills such as flying, sailing and scuba diving since costs are generally far lower than in more developed countries while quality of training will be equal or better.Examples of companies that offer these kind of courses include:

Blue Chip Aviation
Main Terminal, Wonderboom Airport, Pretoria
+27 012 543-3050
+27 011 791-1095

For PADI dive courses

Flight Schools South Africa
+27 031 208-7960

Obtain a Private Pilots License

Ocean Sailing Academy
+27 021 425-7837

Offers Royal Yachting Association courses.


Scuba diving guide to dive centres and liveaboard boats in South Africa

Commercial diving: South Africa is quite popular for commercial diver training as the qualification is internationally recognised by the International Diver Recognition Forum, and the Department of Labout is a member of the International Marine Contractors Association IMCA. A South African Department of Labour certification as a Class I or Class II diver is acceptable for offshore work in many other parts of the world, including the North Sea and Nigerian offshore oilfields.

scarce skills and work permit quotas

There are some skills that are in short supply in the country and the Department of Home Affairs has a Quota Work Permit program aimed at sourcing these skills from abroad. A list of skills in demand and set quotas for each of those skills are published yearly. Applicants with formal qualification and work experience in the required fields may apply for a quota work permit. This permit costs around R1600 and applications will take between 6 to 8 weeks to process. If the application is approved one will have a 90 day period from the time of entering the country to find employment in the field that the permit was issued for. Once employed, the permit will stay valid as long as one is employed within the same field of work changing employers is allowed. More information, as well as the skills and quotas list for the current year, can be found on the Department of Home Affairs homepage (http://home-affairs.pwv.g...)