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How to work legally in South Africa on a NZ Passport

How to work legally in South Africa on a NZ Passport

Author -  Vicki Kenny

Beautiful and Breathtaking South Africa can steal your heart 

12 Month Work and Travel Visa South Africa.jpg

But now you can choose to work and travel around South Africa on our 12 month work and travel visa. New to NZ passport holders this year we are really excited to have this visa available exclusively to our International Working Holidays applicants. 

When I tried to work in South Africa back in 1993 it was pretty much a disaster form the get go. I had been living in London and had met many South Africans doing their OE there at the same time as I was. We'd become friends and I had realised how much Kiwis and South Africans have in common. I wanted to see South Africa for myself and not take other people's opinions on judging the country (most from those who had never been there I might add!)  

- I wanted to make up my own mind!

Of course our South African friends set us up with people to stay with in Johannesburg and then Cape Town while we played tourist and applied for visas to work. 

What the South African's didn't realise was that it was a long and costly process to work legally. After lots of paperwork  - we found out they wanted a bond as well - which by that point - we didn't have. 

After three months of working for basically nothing at Spur, we'd sold all our CD's and our sterling, and with no money, we had to admit defeat and decide to head back to London without seeing Kruger National Park which was a huge disappointment. But when you cannot work legally - it's pretty easy to burn through what savings you brought with you to South Africa. 

We had an amazing three months though - the night life was amazing and we met many more amazing people along the way. My friend who travelled with me even met the love of her life - Pablo - and took him back to the UK. (Spoiler alert- It didn't last)

We went o Sun City and we saw Duran Duran live  - but not only that we then spotted John Taylor driving from a radio interview so we followed him in our car and got a photo!

John Taylor Capetown app 92.JPG

The people were friendly - and I made up my own mind about the culture and South Africans. They were friendly, generous and absolutely shocked we could not work there. 

So it's kind of a nice end to the story - to be the first NZ agency to legally send Kiwis to work in South Africa on the exclusive 12 month work and travel visa. 

Find out how you can work and travel for 12 months in South Africa with International Working Holidays by completing the form below. 

Fill out my online form.

How to work legally in South Africa on a NZ Passport

Up until recently the longest you could stay in South Africa as a tourist was 3 months (90 days). Many of our volunteers who spent time in South Africa left their heart there and wanted to return and have the option to work - but there wasn't a way to do that legally. Now we have a special 12 month visa for South Africa!

Beautiful and Breathtaking South Africa can steal your heart 

12 Month Work and Travel Visa South Africa.jpg

But now you can choose to work and travel around South Africa on our 12 month work and travel visa. New to NZ passport holders this year we are really excited to have this visa available exclusively to our International Working Holidays applicants. 

When I tried to work in South Africa back in 1993 it was pretty much a disaster form the get go. I had been living in London and had met many South Africans doing their OE there at the same time as I was. We'd become friends and I had realised how much Kiwis and South Africans have in common. I wanted to see South Africa for myself and not take other people's opinions on judging the country (most from those who had never been there I might add!)  

- I wanted to make up my own mind!

Of course our South African friends set us up with people to stay with in Johannesburg and then Cape Town while we played tourist and applied for visas to work. 

What the South African's didn't realise was that it was a long and costly process to work legally. After lots of paperwork  - we found out they wanted a bond as well - which by that point - we didn't have. 

After three months of working for basically nothing at Spur, we'd sold all our CD's and our sterling, and with no money, we had to admit defeat and decide to head back to London without seeing Kruger National Park which was a huge disappointment. But when you cannot work legally - it's pretty easy to burn through what savings you brought with you to South Africa. 

We had an amazing three months though - the night life was amazing and we met many more amazing people along the way. My friend who travelled with me even met the love of her life - Pablo - and took him back to the UK. (Spoiler alert- It didn't last)

We went o Sun City and we saw Duran Duran live  - but not only that we then spotted John Taylor driving from a radio interview so we followed him in our car and got a photo!

John Taylor Capetown app 92.JPG

The people were friendly - and I made up my own mind about the culture and South Africans. They were friendly, generous and absolutely shocked we could not work there. 

So it's kind of a nice end to the story - to be the first NZ agency to legally send Kiwis to work in South Africa on the exclusive 12 month work and travel visa. 

Find out how you can work and travel for 12 months in South Africa with International Working Holidays by completing the form below. 

Fill out my online form.
How to work legally in South Africa on a NZ Passport

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