Our list of the best companies to work for in South Africa for new graduates.

The current South African job market is tough to break into for new graduates due to issues around lack of experience and high unemployment rates. This however should not discourage students hoping to build careers in their chosen profession. Having a clear idea of where you want to end up is thus essential to getting a head-start on your peers in the job market whilst still studying. Thorough research on the major companies in your field sets you up for success and may even land you a job while you persevere at university, technikon or college.

So check out our list of the best sixteen South African companies to work for and get started! 


Eskom

Eskom is a South African public utility company that is responsible for providing electricity to the country.

eskom-logoEskom was established in 1923 by the government of the Union of South Africa, as it was then known. The organisation was originally founded by a parliamentary act, namely the Electricity Act of 1922. This act, mandated by the government, was drafted by the Electricity Control Board at the time in an effort to consolidate the different functioning parts of the relatively new general electricity supply in South Africa, which until then had been managed separately for the most part.

By doing so, the board hoped to regulate and extend the country’s electricity supply to more users. This act allowed the Board to appoint Hendrik Johannes van der Bijl as its Chairman. The Eskom we know today originally went by the name of the Electricity Supply Commission (or ESC for short), as well as by its Afrikaans title, the Elektrisiteitsvoorsieningskommissie (EVKOM). In 1986, the two acronyms were combined to create the current name of Eskom.

Fields of business

Eskom is a highly important organisational body within South Africa’s overall infrastructure, and is therefore heavily involved in many different sectors of the country’s industries and economy. Currently, Eskom provides approximately 95% of the total electricity supply in South Africa (with the remainder generated either by private companies and service providers, or generated ‘off the grid’).

Eskom supports this large and extensive infrastructure by owning and operating most of the power stations in the country. These include facilities that make use of a variety of energy sources, including fossil fuels such as coal, oil, and natural gas, as well as renewable energy sources such as hydroelectrical, solar power, and some wind farm facilities. In addition, Eskom owns and operates the only nuclear power station in the whole of Africa, located at Koeberg in the Western Cape province.

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In total, these power stations produce around 240 300 gigawatt-hours of energy per year, which is mainly directed to homes, offices, and other buildings throughout South Africa by means of an extensive network of cross-country power lines and substations. In addition to this locally used energy, some of the electricity produced by Eskom-owned facilities is exported to neighbouring countries for profit.

Eskom represents South Africa’s as part of the Southern African Power Pool, a cooperative effort founded in 1995 that involves national electricity companies from many of the Southern African nations. Under the auspices of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), this body has created an international power grid between the participating nations, as well as a common market for electricity, that is aimed at developing Southern Africa’s electrical infrastructure further through collaborative effort. Its other goals include increasing the accessibility of electricity within rural communities, promoting sustainable energy solutions, and coordinating the planning of electrical power grids and facilities.

Vacancies at Eskom

Eskom is large-scale public utility with a vital responsibility to the entire nation of South Africa. With so many different facets of its daily operations, its involvement in many different industries and sectors, and the many different skills that are needed to keep the company moving forward, there are always many job opportunities available at Eskom, that fall into various categories. Working

Within the category of Asset Creation, which includes the construction of new facilities and elements of the electrical infrastructure, many jobs are available for engineers, contractors, project managers, and civic planners, who must collaborate to ensure that the electrical network is extended and improved in a well thought-out manner.

The category of Business Management also requires a range of different skills, from human resource managers, contract lawyers, and computer technicians to environmental advisors and catering managers, all of which take care of the administrative side of Eskom’s operations to ensure that they continue to run smoothly

The various Resource Management needs that Eskom has also offer job opportunities, such as coal management technicians and logistics managers. Chemical, physical, civil, construction, and, of course, electrical engineers are also required to make sure that the scientific aspects of Eskom’s work are taken care of.

Then, of course, there’s a lot of maintenance that needs to be carried out on Eskom’s far reaching infrastructure, requiring technicians and managers from a wide variety of different fields. People with these skills are always in high demand.

These are just a few of the job opportunities available at Eskom. Eskom jobs typically come with perks such as pension and housing benefits, medical aid, and a fairly generous amount of annual leave. Maternity and paternity leave are also generally included within the standard benefit package for most employees.


Transnet

Transnet is responsible for some of South Africa’s major infrastructural areas: the National Ports Authority, Pipelines, Freight Rail, and Rail Engineering.

transnet-logoTransnet initially developed out of the original railway network that was developed to connect much of South Africa in the nineteenth century. In 1961, during the period of the Union of South Africa, which was made up of the four preexisting colonies (the Cape of Good Hope, Natal, Orange Free State and Transvaal), the entirety of the railway network, which at the time included the separate entities of the Central South African Railways, the Cape Government Railways and the Natal Government Railways, were all joined together as a state-owned enterprise under a new Act of Parliament. This new unified railway network was known as the South African Railways and Harbours (SAR&H).

In 1981, South Africa’s railway, harbour, road transport, aviation and pipeline operations were unified under one administrative body, known as the South African Transport Services (SATS). Finally, in 1990, Transnet evolved from the SATS as a public company.

Fields of business

As a multi-faceted company that deals with many different sectors and industries, Transnet’s day-to-day operations are best explained by looking at each of its four main divisions in turn.

The Transnet National Ports Authority is tasked with providing infrastructure and administration at South Africa’s eight commercial seaports. This includes overseeing the day-to-day operations of all terminals, the management and policing of customs operations, and ensuring that these facilities keep up to date with all technological requirements. Transnet has also been highly instrumental in supporting the growth of South African exports, and is a vital part of the country’s export-led growth strategy. South Africa’s six largest ports – Richard’s Bay, Durban, Saldahna, Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, and East London – are all managed by Transnet

Transnet Pipelines (formerly known as Petronet) is responsible for the upkeep and extension of South Africa’s key fuel and gas pipelines that help to transfer these products over long distances. This is particularly important for the country’s production of electricity, as well as its transport network.

Transnet Freight Rail (formerly known as Spoornet) is Transnet’s largest division, and manages the transportation of heavy freight along South Africa’s railway network. This division is the largest of its kind outside of the United States and India. The roots of this division go back to the earliest days of South Africa’s unified national railway network, when the organisation that would become Transnet was first established.

Transnet Engineering is responsible for the maintenance and upgrade of all railway equipment and infrastructure, including freight cars, locomotives, mail and passenger coaches, wheels, rotating stock machines, and the railway lines themselves. This important aspect of the company’s operations ties into many of the others by ensuring that this important part of the nation’s logistical network continues to run smoothly.

Vacancies at Transnet

As a company with such varied divisions and responsibilities, career opportunities at Transnet are as diverse as its areas of operation, requiring a wide range of skills and experience at many levels of the company.

Within the National Ports Authority division, there are many different career options on offer. These include administrative jobs, such as terminal managers, customs officials, marine technical officers, service and maintenance engineers, administrative clerks, human resource managers, and many others covering all the tasks involved in the day-to-day operations of a busy seaport.

Transnet Pipelines also requires a varied range of skills to facilitate its everyday operations. Chemical, physical, civil, and construction engineers are in high demand for the important task of designing and laying out new pipelines throughout the country, while maintenance technicians are vital for ensuring that these remain in good working order. People with geotechnical expertise are also highly sought after.

Transnet Freight Rail offers many practical jobs, from railyard workers and technicians (who are responsible for loading and maintaining engines and railcars) to train drivers and station managers. Logistical planners are also an important part of this divisions daily operations, which is responsible for making sure that hundreds of freight trains get to their respective destinations every day.

Transnet Engineering, as its name suggests, employs a lot of engineers and technicians to handle the upkeep, improvement, and extension of the railway network and the vehicles that use it. Technical advisors, such as those with experience in the design of railway apparatus, are also in high demand.

Various benefits or perks of working for Transnet include a pension plan and employee assistance program, maternity and paternity leave, and a reasonable amount of paid leave.


SARS

The South African Revenue Service (SARS) is the official revenue service, or tax-collecting agency, of the South African government.

sars logoPrior to 1997, the body that would become SARS was fragmented in separate customs and tax departments, and further subdivided into various ‘product-focused’ activities, such as Value Added Tax (VAT), Information Technology (IT), and others. This made it somewhat rigid and inflexible in its operations, resulting in a lot of ineffective bureaucratic communication between all the various departments that were separated functionally as well as geographically.

The SARS of today was officially instated in terms of the South African Revenue Service Act (Act No. 34 of 1997). Under the terms of the act, SARS was mandated to “make provision for the efficient and effective administration of the revenue-collecting system of the Republic and the control over the import, export, manufacture, movement, storage or use of certain goods and, for this purpose, to re-organise the South African Revenue Service and to make provision for the establishment of advisory committees and to provide for incidental matters.”

Fields of business

As the above mandate indicates, the South African Revenue Service is responsible for the administration of a number of different tax-related Acts, and the subsequent allocation of the collected funds (consisting of taxes, duties, and levies) into the National Revenue Fund (commonly known as the Treasury).

  • Income Tax, the government’s main source of income, is levied in terms of the Income Tax Act of 1962. This tax is levied on the worldwide income of permanent residents, the South African-based income of non-residents, companies, and small business corporations, at various percentages commensurate with their specific operations and income levels.
  • Capital Gains Tax, introduced in 2001, is related to income tax, and includes capital gains made on the disposal of assets as taxable income.
  • Value-Added Tax (VAT) is levied at a standard rate of 14% on all good and services sold within South Africa, with the exception of certain categories that are eligible from exemption as provided for in the Value Added Tax Act of 1991. VAT is also levied on most goods imported into the country.
  • Customs Duty is also charged on various categories of imported goods, and different rates depending on the classification.
  • Excise Duty is levied on various categories of goods manufactured within South Africa, as well as their imported equivalents, such as alcohol, tobacco, cosmetics, televisions, and automobiles.
  • Estate Duty (commonly known as ‘death tax’) is levied on the estate of a deceased person, and is generally charged at a rate of 20%. This duty is only levied on the deceased’s South African assets.
  • Some of the other taxes levied by SARS include Transfer Duty, Stamp Duty, Air Passenger Tax, Donations Tax, and Pay-As-You-Earn (PAYE)

SARS also distributes money to the Unemployment Insurance Fund (UIF), which provides short-term relief to workers who become unemployed due to maternity, illness, or injury.

Vacancies at SARS

As one of the South African government’s most important administrative bodies, SARS employs a large number of people to ensure that its day-to-day operations run smoothly, and new job opportunities are always available. Naturally, financially-oriented skill sets are always in high demand, as these pertain directly to SARS’ governmental mandate.

  • Financial analysts are an important part of SARS’ daily operations, and contribute significantly to the development of policies and the strategies used to collect revenue. They also help to keep track of such revenue and the state of the overall economy as a result.
  • Auditors serve an important purpose at SARS by making sure that all taxpayers, particularly those with a high annual turnover, are keeping proper records of their income and expenses, while also submitting complete tax returns to SARS on a regular basis. They also serve to help regulate SARS’ own transactions and financial records.
  • Accountants, clerks, and notaries can all find job opportunities at SARS, helping to deal with the vast volumes of financial records that are submitted, calculating taxable amounts, applicable deductions, and taking care of many other tasks. They are also needed to help with SARS own internal finances.

With so many people involved in the organisation, many human resource managers are also employed by SARS to deal with the large employee roster. The computer-based systems used to keep track of the many payments and records that move in and out of SARS every day also require a serious amount of development and maintenance, so IT experts and technicians are highly valued as employees.

SARS offers many benefits to its employees, which differ from package to package. These can include health insurance, funeral cover, paid maternity and paternity leave, a substantial amount of paid leave, the occasional free meal, and various training programs that often involve transferable skills.


Sasol

Sasol is an integrated energy and chemical resources company based in Johannesburg, and the world’s first producer of oil from gas.

sasol-logoSasol’s origins can be traced back to the 1920s, when the South African fuel industry was searching for a way to derive more profitable liquid fuels, such as synthetic oil, petrol, and diesel, from the large deposits of coal found in the country. During this period, various scientists and engineers, such as P.N. Lategan of the Transvaal Coal Owners Association, and Etienne Rousseau of the University of Stellenbosch, pioneered many new procedures, including the Fischer-Tropsch process. Rousseau went on to become Sasol’s first managing director.

In 1950, the organisation that would become Sasol was officially incorporated as a state-owned company under the name of the South African Coal, Oil and Gas Corporation. Construction on the Sasol 1 site, which focused on the production of synthetic fuels, began in 1954, and was followed by sites 2 and 3. The company has since expanded to include the production of many different types of fuel as well as other chemicals.

Fields of business

Sasol specialises in the development of various energy- or chemical-related technologies for both industrial and domestic uses, as well as the construction and operation of high-tech facilities all over the world that handle a variety of production tasks. The company also pioneers research into new methods of commercialising these products to be used in different industries.

Some of Sasol’s high-value products include liquid fuels, such as diesel, petrol naphtha, kerosene, liquid petroleum gas, alcohols, polymers, paraffin, bitumen, and many other processed and/or synthesised chemicals. They are also the leading producers of low-carbon electricity tehcnologiyes, among many others. The company has also been responsible for the development of groundbreaking scientific processes such as tetramerisation and an improved Fischer-Tropsch process, both of which have contributed to the production of various chemicals from raw fuel sources such as coal and natural gas.

Sasol oversees various operations in exploration, development, production, marketing and sales in 36 countries worldwide. The company has a presence on every continent other than Antarctica, which are divided into two upstream business units, three regional operations centers and four customer-oriented strategic business divisions. The operating business units comprise Sasol Mining, which operates six coal mines in South Africa. The operations centers focus on downstream infrastructure and business operations. The strategic business units are further subdivided into energy and chemical departments, and are focused on marketing and sales of these products.

In order to support its growth, Sasol established the industrial town of Sasolburg in the Free State province of South Africa in 1954. Today the population of the town (most of whom are employed by Sasol) numbers over 113 000. Sasol has also funded a significant amount of infrastructural development and the construction of modern facilities in Sasolburg.

Vacancies at Sasol

As a large company with operations all over the world, Sasol employs people for a wide variety of different jobs, requiring various qualifications and skill sets.

Engineers with chemical, physical, mechanical, and other specialisations are always in high demand at Sasol. Chemical engineers in particular are often put to work in various research departments, continually inventing and refining the processes used to extract and create new products for the company.

Physical, electrical, and mechanical engineers, particularly those with experience in the mining industry, are needed to improve the safety and productivity of Sasol’s mines, plants, factories, and all other mechanised aspects of the company’s operations.

Geologists and quantity surveyors are an important part of Sasol’s mining division, helping to locate new viable areas for coal and natural gas while also helping to develop new procedures for its extraction and refinement. Their knowledge can also help to improve mine safety. Miners themselves, the backbone of Sasol’s entire workforce, are always in high demand.

The majority of Sasol’s operations involve machinery and facilities that require constant upkeep and maintenance, so supervisors, mechanics, maintenance technicians, artisans, welders, and other qualified personnel are needed to keep all the moving parts functioning at peak efficiency and safety levels.

Within the business and marketing divisions, different skill sets are required. Project managers, financial analysts, sales managers, marketing strategists, human resources managers, quality control officers, IT technicians, and a variety of other jobs are always on offer to ensure that Sasol’s business operations continue moving forward successfully.

Sasol offers a large variety of benefits to its employees, dependent on the specific employment package. These can include health care and insurance, life insurance, a pension plan, childcare facilities, maternity and paternity leave, substantial paid leave, and an employee assistance program.


Telkom

Telkom is a semi-privatised company that serves as South Africa’s largest provider of both wired and wireless telecommunications.

telkom-logoThe origins of Telkom go back to the earliest days of telecommunications in South Africa, which began with a single telegraph line connection Cape Town and Simonstown. With the introduction of the conventional telephone and international undersea phone lines connecting South Africa to the rest of the world, the South African telecommunications network began to develop. Initially, this network was operated by the South African Post Office. By 1989, it became clear that this department would need to be separated into two dedicated postal and telecommunications companies.

Telkom SA Ltd. was founded on 1 October 1991 at the same time that the South African Post Office was divided into the Department of Posts and Telecommunications and two state owned companies, the South African Post Office Ltd. and Telkom itself. In the same decade, mobile telephone operations were launched in South Africa by Telkom in partnership with Vodafone.

Fields of business

Telkom’s day-to-day operations are managed by an organizational structure that is divided into several key departments, each with its own focus and responsibilities.

  • The consumer department deals with matters pertaining to sales and marketing, customer care, operations, products, content implementation, and business support, along with other foundational aspects of the company.
  • The executive department manages all the top-tier functioning of the company itself, including service delivery solutions, sales and marketing strategies, the sourcing of new technology, the establishment and management of data centers, the company’s own investment portfolios, human resources management, and financial matters.
  • The enterprise department focuses on product development, sales and solutions, and business support, furthering the innovation of Telkom’s product line.
  • The wholesale and networks department is tasked mainly with wholesale repositioning, business and operations support, technology development for the mass market, and product innovation on a wholesale level.
  • The financial department manages all of Telkom’s budgeting and internal finances. This includes financial controlling, the drawing up of budgets, internal auditing, taxes and bookkeeping, management of capital projects, corporate finance, legal services, and the assessment of enterprise risk.
  • The information department has the important job of developing and supporting Telkom’s networks and product range. This includes the development of new applications, the supervision of IT operations and support, a wide range of maintenance work, the rollout of new and existing network options (such as fiber-optic cable or ADSL), as well as strategy and transformation in all of the above.
  • The administrative department specialises in such areas such as industrial relations, the sourcing of real estate, management of the supply chain, and talent management.
  • The commercial department manages government relations, regulatory and legal affairs, business strategy and innovation, and the development of Telkom as a business overall.

Vacancies at Telkom

Within each of the above departments, many different skills are needed to ensure that business operations continue to run smoothly. As a result, a wide variety of job opportunities are offered by Telkom on a day-to-day basis.

The consumer department naturally requires employees with customer-oriented or sales experience, such as sales managers, market analysts, quality control officers, call center technicians, and PR managers, among others.

The executive department employs people such as marketing strategists, logistics managers, financial analysts, investment brokers, information technology specialists, and top executives to oversee the various aspects of Telkom’s business operations.

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The enterprise department requires people with innovative skills, such as electrical engineers and information technology specialists, to develop new products for various sectors.

The wholesale and networks department employs a lot of people in administrative roles, as well as marketing, to ensure that products are accessible to a wide market.

The financial department employs auditors, accountants, actuaries, analysts, and other financially-minded individuals to balance the books and keep the company’s finances in order.

The information department requires employees on the development side of things as well as for installation and maintenance of existing products and infrastructure. These include IT technicians, software developers, and a variety of maintenance technicians to deal with day-to-day faults and improve the system overall.

The administrative department requires applicants with skills in logistics and human resources management, as well as those with legal expertise, particularly in the area of real estate.

The commercial department also employs lawyers as well as business and marketing strategists to drive Telkom’s innovation as a business further.

Telkom generally provides standard benefits to its employees depending on the employment package, such as paid leave, insurance options, and some training programs.


University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town (UCT) is a public research university situated in Cape Town, South Africa, and is one of the country’s national institutions.

uct-logoThe University of Cape Town is the oldest university in South Africa, and the second-oldest university throughout the African continent that is still in existence today. As such, it has a storied past, and has gone through many different transformations over the years.

The university’s origins can be traced back to the nineteenth century, and begin with the establishment of the South African College in 1829, a high school for boys. While a small tertiary-education facility was attached to the college, it wasn’t until 1880, with the discovery of gold and diamonds in the Transvaal that this institution got the financial boost it needed to grow into something greater.

By 1990 the college had grown into a fully-fledged university. The medical, engineering, and educational faculties were all added in the early 1900s, and in 1918 the institution was formally established as a university. Finally, in 1928, UCT was moved to its present site at Groote Schuur, on a site donated by Cecil John Rhodes.

Fields of business

The University of Cape Town’s daily operations are much like that of any other university. Students attend lectures, tutorials, seminars, and other classes depending on their degree program. An extensive library is also available, containing a substantial quantity of reference material (approximately 1.3 million volumes). In addition to its educational facilities, the university also runs an extensive administration department, a number of residential halls, as well as various sports teams and other extra-curricular activities, and conducts a significant amount of research.

UCT’s daily operations are divided between Lower, Middle, and Upper campuses. Upper Campus comprises the main UCT area, and is situated on the main Groote Schuur property on the slopes of Devil’s Peak. The faculties of Science, Engineering and the Built Environment, Commerce, Humanities (excluding the Arts department), and two of the university’s main residences (Smuts Hall and Fuller Hall), as well as the Chancellor Oppehneimer Library and many of the sports facilities, are located on Upper Campus. The Jameson Hall forms the centerpiece of this campus, and is mainly used for graduations and other ceremonial events, as well as an occasional exam venue.

Middle and Lower Campuses are separated from Upper Campus by the M3 expressway as well as several sports fields, but is connected via a subway tunnel running underneath the road. These campuses are spread throughout the suburbs of Rondebosch, Rosebank, and Mowbray, and are home to the Law faculty, the College of Music, the School of Economics, and many of the university’s other residences, in addition to the main administrative buildings and several sports facilities.

The Faculty of Health Sciences is located next to Groote Schuur hospital in Observatory, while the Fine Arts and Drama departments are located on Hiddingh Campus near the Cape Town CBD.

Vacancies at the University of Cape Town

The University of Cape Town naturally employs academics from all fields of study. Positions for new lecturers and professors are often being sought in a variety of different faculties. The positions on offer may be part or full time, or in an assistant capacity. Some experienced lecturers are also sought for more senior positions.

Particularly within the science faculty, laboratories and their equipment need to be kept in good working. This requires dedicated lab technicians to service and maintain the equipment, as well as to perform various setup procedures. Lab assistants are also employed to assist lecturers in this faculty.

Research is a large part of any university’s operations, and the University of Cape Town is no exception. Some faculty and their assistants are specifically employed for research purposes.

The library naturally requires a significant number of librarians and administrative staff to keep the literature organised and assist students in finding their desired resources. IT technicians are also required to maintain databases and ensure that the university’s internal network remains functional, while also performing maintenance on the many computer labs that are located on campus.

On an administrative level, UCT employs a large number of staff to deal with varied tasks such as applications to the university and the keeping of academic records. Financial staff are also needed to deal with fee payments, bursaries, and budgeting.

Graduate students can even find employment at the university as tutors, research assistants, lecturer’s assistants, or in an administrative role.

The University of Cape Town offers a number of benefits to its employees. These can include maternity and paternity leave, flexible hours, paid vacation time, sick leave, childcare, and job training. Some employees may also be eligible for discounts on university tuition for themselves or their children.


Netcare

Netcare is a South African healthcare company, and the largest provider of private healthcare in the country.

netcare logoNetcare was first incorporated as a private company in 1996 under the name of Ablab Designs Pty Ltd. Later that year, the company’s name was changed to Network Healthcare Holdings Pty Ltd., and converted into a public company. Known as Netcare for short, the company was established in order to amalgamate the operations of several different healthcare-related companies, which all shared the common management interests of Clin-Run, a specialist hospital management corporation, and Dr Jack Shevel, the founder of Netcare. At the time of its public listing on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, in December of 1996, Netcare owned and managed six hospitals throughout the country.

Following significant expansion and the acquisition of new hospitals in South Africa, Netcare extended its operations to the United Kingdom in 2001, acquiring a stake in General Healthcare Group, the UK’s largest private hospital group. This brought the total number of Netcare-owned hospitals to 120.

Fields of business

Within South Africa, Netcare fulfils an important role in the healthcare sector, providing medical treatment and hospitalisation to people in the private sector. By adding to the network of government-owned hospitals, Netcare helps to make such medical care accessible to more people across the country, while also contributing to innovations and infrastructure throughout the country.

In South Africa, Netcare’s private hospital and trauma services are comprised of 55 hospitals in various parts of the country. These include facilities that are wholly owned by Netcare, as well as a number that form part of public-private partnerships. The total number of beds available in these hospitals numbers at over nine thousand, in addition to around 350 operating theatres, and ninety pharmacies in both retail and hospital locations.

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Netcare also owns Netcare 911, a subsidiary company that is the largest private provider of emergency healthcare in the country, with over 180 ambulances stationed throughout the country, and over seven million people insured.

Netcare’s Primary Care Division is responsible for providing medical and dental services through Medicross, as well as operating Prime Cure, a managed care organisation targeted at the low income market that aims to extend healthcare and health insurance to more South Africans. There are over ninety Medicross and Prime Cure facilities, and around fifty retail pharmacies, operating as part of these initiatives, with more than six hundred doctors and dentists provide their comprehensive services through Netcare in this way.

Netcare also operates Netcare Travel Clinics, mobile clinics that bring much-needed healthcare to outlying or underprivileged areas, as well as National Renal Care (a joint venture between Netcare and Adcock Ingrams Critical Care), which is the largest private provider of dialysis in South Africa, with over sixty facilities nationwide.

Vacancies at Netcare

As a national healthcare provider operating a large number of facilities throughout the country, Netcare requires a reliable, skilled workforce to ensure that its patients are well taken care of. A wide variety of medical, administrative, and technical personnel are required to keep operations running smoothly and provide top-quality care at all times.

As Netcare’s primary area of operations, the front lines of medical care are where the most job opportunities within the company can be found. Doctors of all specialisations, including general practitioners, different types of surgeons, cardiologists, anesthesiologists, radiologists, psychiatrists, ear, nose, and throat specialists, and dentists are always in high demand to bolster the ranks of Netcare’s medical team. Nurses are also a vital part of hospital operations, providing round-the-clock care to Netcare’s many patients nationwide.

The management of Netcare’s many hospitals also requires a dedicated team of employees. In an administrative capacity, many different roles need to be filled, such as those involved in patient admittance, management, and referral, the keeping of medical records, supervision of human resources, planning and logistics management, and the management of financial matters. Pharmacists, cooks, cleaners, and other personnel are also required to perform various services to keep hospitals running smoothly.

Hospital care often involves a significant amount of specialised equipment, and Netcare is no exception to this rule. As a result, medical technicians are required on an ongoing basis to ensure that this sensitive equipment remains functional and can be relied upon, particularly in a situation where a patient’s life is at stake.

Netcare offers some benefits to its employees depending on the specific employment package. These can include paid vacation time, maternity and parternity leave, health and life insurance, and reduced-cost medical care for employees and their families.


Woolworths

Woolworths Holdings Limited is one of the largest chains of retail and department stores in South Africa.

woolworths logoThe history of Woolworths begins in Cape Town in the 1930s. The first location in the country was opened by retailer Max Sonnenberg in 1931, and was originally located on Plein Street. A Durban store followed three years later, followed shortly by locations in Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg.

Sonnenberg’s original idea was to develop a chain of stores inspired by British chains such as Marks & Spencer, and partially based on the model of other Woolworths chains, such as those in Europe, North America, and Australia. This idea met with a significant amount of initial success and popularity within the country.

Woolworths got its first big break shortly after World War II, when a friendship between Sonnenberg and Sir Simon Marks (son of the founder of Marks & Spencer) culminated in a relationship being established between the two companies. During the period between 1981 and 2001, Woolworths was also merged with Truworths to form the Wooltru Group.

Fields of business

As a large national retailer, Woolworths owns and operates hundreds of retail locations throughout the country. The Woolworths chain consists of both corporate and franchise locations. Most of these function as department stores, selling a wide range of clothing, footwear, groceries, beauty products, homeware, and more. Some are more specialised, containing just one or two departments that cater to the local market.

Many stores also incorporate a Woolworths Food section, which offers a wide selection of groceries, food and drink, and ready-made meals, most of which are of the Woolworths brand. Some dedicated food stores are located at selected petrol stations around the country, while others include a restaurant or café as part of the shopping experience. This partnership with the fuel industry has allowed Woolworths to extend its reach to many different areas of the country that are not necessarily retail-friendly.

Together with this innovative approach, Woolworths also has a focus on the development of new product ranges to keep up with and even set trends in fashion food alike. As such, its product inventory is constantly changing, adding and removing different brands and designers to create a dynamic and very current market offering. The company has also been known to contract up-and-coming designers to contribute to the product range.

As part of its ‘Good Business Journey’ initiative, Woolworths has engaged in a number of economic upliftment projects, building partnerships with small businesses and community enterprises to supply the chain with a variety of locally made products. A school-oriented program is also run in partnership with the Department of Education, providing education and entrepreneurship opportunities to young learners. The company is also committed to sustainability in many areas of production and distribution, including sustainable farming, waste disposal, and energy and water usage.

Vacancies at Woolworths

Woolworths puts great emphasis on the philosophy that their employees form part of a team that represents the core of the Woolworths brand identity. With over 23 000 employees nationwide, and an ever-expanding scope of operations (with new locations being added frequently), new positions are always opening up in various departments all over the country.

As the customer-facing front end of the company, Woolworths retail locations present significant employment opportunities in the areas of sales, stock control and replenishment, store management, visual merchandising, and the overall styling and decoration of the stores themselves. These positions generally call for applicants with sales experience and a high degree of ‘people skills’.

The Woolworths Head Office is where all the administrative activities that are vital to the company’s continued growth are carried out. Here, employment opportunities can be broken down into their various departments:

  • In the area of corporate governance, legal advisors, internal auditors, risk assessors, and secretariats are required to oversee company operations.
  • The financial department employs financial and business analysts, accountants, financial controllers, and systems administrators, among others.
  • The facilities management department includes office planners, building engineers, maintenance technicians, and caterers.
  • For real estate management, contractors, mechanical and electrical engineers, project managers, and quantity surveyors are valued as employees.
  • In the information technology department, systems managers, computer technicians, and developers are need to keep the digital side of Woolworths running smoothly.
  • Human resources requires administrators, recruitment officers, employee relations and health specialists, and trainers.
  • The marketing department employs brand managers, marketing strategists, graphic and packaging designers, and public relations specialists of all descriptions.
  • In the area of supply chain management, logistics managers, transport specialists, import/export managers, and development teams are frequently employed.

Woolworths offers a number of benefits to its employees, including paid vacation time, maternity and paternity leave, and discounts on in-store purchases for themselves and their families.


Capitec

Capitec is a locally-controlled commercial bank that is licensed by the Reserve Bank of South Africa.

capitec logoThroughout its relatively short history, Capitec has been guided by the expertise and innovation of its founders to become one of the leading banks in South Africa. CEO Riaan Stassen initially worked as an audit manager for Distillers (later Distell), where being expose to top-tier brand management allowed him to gain considerable marketing expertise that would serve him well in pushing Capitec to the mass market. He later moved into Boland Bank, where he received hands on experience of the challenges involved in rebranding and expanding what was then an unfocused rural bank.

Later, after Boland merged with Board of Executors (BoE), Stassen and his team were able to take their idea for a new bank to PSG Group, who helped them with some backing and advice for the new venture. In 2001, Capitec was officially established, and by 2003, PSG had significantly reduced its ownership stake, leaving the new bank to stand on its own feet.

Fields of business

Capitec’s day-to-day operations have diversified considerably over the years since its inception, when it mainly focused on microlending and other small-scale financial business. Today, it operates as a retail bank. This fairly typical form of banking, which is targeted to appeal directly to the mass market of individual consumers, as opposed to companies, corporations, or other banks, is focused on providing services to these customers that include savings and transactional accounts, mortgages, personal loans, debit cards, credit cards, and certificates of deposit, among others. While Capitec does not offer its services to larger close corporations, it does provide business-oriented banking to select clients of this nature.

Capitec’s banking strategy is remarkably client-oriented, focused on improving the customer’s experience and increasing their confidence and trust in the bank as a worthwhile place to invest their money. As such, its daily operations are based around four key principles:

  • Affordability: fees and interest rates charged on Capitec products are engineered to be significantly lower than at other banks, increasing its appeal to middle-income clients.
  • Accessibility: by carefully selecting branch locations, and focusing on simplifying the experience customers have at these branches, Capitec aims to ensure that clients can meet their banking needs quickly and easily.
  • Convenience: partnerships with retailers such as Shoprite, Pick ‘n’ Pay, and Pep allow customers to withdraw money from any of these locations, as well as from a network of ATMs.
  • Simplicity: by stringently limiting the paperwork involved in transactions, Capitec focuses on making them simpler and quicker than any other bank.

Another innovation in Capitec’s operating strategy is to limit the amount of cash involved in branch operations to deposits only. By not having to deal with large amounts of cash, Capitec branches are able to focus more on dealing with customers directly, streamlining operations.

Vacancies at Capitec

As one of South Africa’s leading banks, with branches and offices operating in many different parts of the country, Capitec employs a significant number of people in different areas of specialisation, from customer service to administration, as well as more in-depth banking and financial management roles.

At the front end of Capitec’s operations, in the customer facing areas such as sales and marketing, the company regularly seeks employees with experience and qualifications in customer service and sales management (from bank tellers to branch managers), corporate sales brokers (who cater to businesses that are current or prospective clients), service consultants (to develop and refine the way in which Capitec provides services to its clients) and marketing and promotions specialists, who are responsible for developing and coordinating new advertising campaigns.

On the internal management and support side of its operations, Capitec employs many people in administrative roles, such as secretarial and communications positions. Applicants with experience in business development and process improvement are also highly valued. A large number of contact center specialists are employed to deal with customers directly over the phone. Financial advisors and credit management specialists are also used to deal with clients and help them to get the most out of their banking experience.

The management of Capitec itself also requires human resources managers, information technology specialists, legal teams, marketing specialists, property managers, and risk assessors to ensure that the day-to-day operations of the bank run smoothly and continue to help in its growth and development to the fullest extent.

Capitec offers a number of benefits to its employees, including paid vacation time, maternity and paternity leave, and some reduced-rate financial services from the bank itself.


Pick n Pay

Pick n Pay is the second largest supermarket chain in South Africa, with a presence in several other Southern African countries.

Pick n Pay was founded by businessman and entrepreneur Raymond Ackerman in 1967. At the time, Ackerman was at something of a low point in his career, having just lost his job at Checkers. The experience he gained from working with this dominant retail chain would stand him in good stead, however.

After a grueling all-night bargaining session, Ackerman was able to acquire four small stores in Cape Town, operating under the name of Pick n Pay, from fellow businessman Jack Goldin. In its first trading year, Ackerman’s Pick n Pay turned a profit of over R300 000, which skyrocketed to R10 million in the following year, doubling in the year thereafter. There was therefore little doubt that the brand was here to stay.

Having undergone a fair amount of transformation, reorganisation, and rebranding over the years, Pick n Pay remains one of South Africa’s most well-known supermarket chains.

Fields of business

Pick n Pay Holdings Limited and Pick n Pay Stores Limited are both investment holding companies that have been listed on the JSE since their initial public offerings in 1968. These two holding companies serve different purposes for the overall Pick n Pay brand. Pick n Pay Holdings Limited has the sole purpose of holding a controlling stake in Pick n Pay Stores Limited, allowing investors to have a separate company through which these shares can be managed. Pick n Pay Stores Limited, along with its subsidiaries and associates, owns and operates extensively in the retail sector throughout Southern Africa. Countries in which the company has a market presence include South Africa, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Mozambique, Mauritius, Swaziland and Lesotho.

Pick n Pay’s offerings to customers include a wide range of groceries, affordable clothing for the whole family, and other general merchandise, often at reduced prices. The company also offers a variety of value-added services, such as a money market and a rewards program, to further enhance the appeal of the brand. Its stores and retail locations range in size from large supermarkets to smaller shops serving petrol stations throughout the country. Depending on the location, different stores are either franchised or owned entirely by the company itself.

Pick n Pay also places a significant emphasis on addressing socioeconomic challenges in Southern Africa through sustainable business practices and responsible sourcing of products, while also providing employment and economic opportunities wherever it has a market presence. Pick n Pay’s Small Business Incubator program, for example, provides assistance and advice to up-and-coming entrepreneurs in getting their businesses off the ground and helping them in establishing a sustainable level of growth. Through various charity and upliftment programs, the company also seeks to give back to the community wherever possible.

Vacancies at Pick n Pay

As a large international company, Pick n Pay employs a substantial workforce in many different areas of its day-to-day operations, from customer-facing retail to administration and company management. A wide variety of skill sets and qualifications are always being sought by the company in its effort to expand and sustain this multifaceted workforce.

On the retail side of its operations, Pick n Pay requires a substantial workforce in every retail location. This includes cashiers, logistics managers, cleaners and maintenance technicians, accounts managers, back-end workers (such as those involved in deliveries and collections), packaging and distribution specialists, cooks and bakers, floor managers, branch managers, and many others. All of these employees are essential for ensuring that the daily operations of each branch run as smoothly as possible.

On the product development front, Pick n Pay employs industrial psychologists, marketing specialists, artists and designers, packaging experts, food technicians, and a variety of other creative and innovative employees to further develop its own product range and brand aesthetic, while also sourcing new products to be stocked on its shelves. This ensures that the Pick n Pay brand remains current and fresh for all consumers.

Within the area of the overall management of the business, a large number of employees are needed at the Pick n Pay head office as well as regional offices throughout its areas of operation. These include administrative workers, logistics managers, business development specialists, financial analysts, accountants, internal auditors, human resources managers, information technology technicians, product development specialists, legal teams, public relations managers, and many other skilled employees.

Pick n Pay’s employee benefits include some paid vacation time, maternity and maternity leave, some insurance options or retirement packages, and the possibility of discounts on in-store purchases for employees and their families.


SAB

The South African Breweries Limited (informally known as SAB) is the largest brewing and bottling company in South Africa.

sab logoThe history of SAB can be traced as far back as the 17th century, when Jan van Riebeeck, the first Dutch governor of the Cape, gave orders for a brewery to be constructed at the Fort (later replaced by the Castle). This became known as the Castle Brewery, and was later incorporated as such to become an official company.

Two years after Castle Breweries was officially founded in 1895, the company became the first industrial business to list on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. A year later it was also listed on the London Stock Exchange.

Throughout most of the 20th century South African Breweries continued to expand its operations, quickly becoming the largest producer of beer in the country. Along the way, it acquired several other brewing companies, and extended its operations to include offshoots into the production of soft drinks, plate glass, and the entertainment and hospitality industries, to name a few.

Fields of business

South African Breweries, under its international parent company, SABMiller, is one of the world’s largest brewers of beer and related products by volume. It is also the leading producer and distributor of both alcoholic and non-alcoholic beverages within South African at large. As such, its day-to-day operations are extensive, taking place at various locations throughout the country and in different sectors of industry.

Within South Africa, SAB owns and operates seven high-output breweries (Alrode Brewery and Chamdor Brewery in Gauteng, Ibhayi Brewery in the Eastern Cape, Newlands Brewery in the Western Cape, Polokwane Brewery in Limpopo, Prospection Brewery in KwaZulu-Natal, and Rosslyn Brewery, in the North-West province) as well as 42 depots and distribution centers throughout the country. On average, around 2.7 billion litres of beer are sold by South African Breweries each year.

While its focus naturally remains on beer production, South African Breweries also serves as one of South Africa’s largest manufacturing firms, acting as supplier of various products and services to more than two hundred brands worldwide and holding distribution agreements in more than 75 countries across six continents.

The portfolio of SAB products includes well-known South African brands, such as Castle Lager, Hansa Pilsener, and Carling Black Label, as well as internationally recognized names such as the Dutch beer brand Grolsch. The company’s soft drinks division, known as the Amalgamated Beverage Industries (ABI), is also the largest producer and distributor of Coca-Cola products in the whole of Southern Africa. SAB also has holdings in various brewing and production companies all over the world. Some other subsidiary operations that are included in South African Breweries’ portfolio include a hops production company as well as a barley farming plant.

Vacancies at SAB

As a sizeable company both within South Africa and beyond, with large-scale operations that extend throughout the country as well as internationally, it should come as no surprise that South African Breweries employs a large and diverse workforce to keep its day-to-day operations running smoothly. From entry-level labourers and technicians to top-level management, many roles need to be fulfilled to ensure that the company’s production remains at optimal levels.

On the floor at any of South African Breweries’ many production plants, a variety of different employees are needed to manage production. A significant number of factory workers are responsible for the supervision of the production process, which includes loading of ingredients and providing input at various stages of the process. Technicians and mechanical specialists fulfil the important role of checking on the machinery and initiating various stages of the process at the correct times. Quality control checkers are also needed at to ensure that every bottle coming off the end of the production line is up to the SAB standard.

On the management side of things, South African Breweries requires a large number of administrative staff to manage the internal operations of the business. These include financial planners, sales representatives, marketing specialists, accounts managers, internal auditors, distribution and logistics managers, human resources managers, information technology technicians, and upper management positions, to name a few.

South African Breweries employees may be entitled to a number of different perks and benefits depending on their specific employment package. These can include healthcare and insurance options, life cover, a comprehensive pension plan, maternity and paternity leave, paid vacation time, and an employee assistance program. Various discounts on SAB products may also be available to employees of the company and their immediate family members.


Vodacom

Vodacom Group Limited is a mobile communications company, and is one of the largest of its kind in Africa.

vodacom-logoFounded in 1994, the same year as the South African democracy, Vodacom has seen over a decade of development in the country, and has also expanded its operations to Africa at large. Around the same time, the first cellular networks were establishing in South Africa, allowing South Africans to use cellular phones all over the country. Stepping quickly into this new and quickly growing market, Vodacom established a strong brand presence.

By building base stations along almost every major national road in South Africa, Vodacom was able to quickly extend its coverage all over the country, becoming the first service provider to make its network accessible over such a wide area. At the same time, the company set about making strong alliances with retailers in order to make cellular phones widely available to the mass market in the same way as other consumer goods.

Fields of business

Since laying down its foundations in South Africa and establishing a strong presence in the country, Vodacom has grown considerably and extended its operations further north. In addition to South Africa, Vodacom cellular networks have been established in Tanzania, Mozambique, the Democratic Republic of Congo, and Lesotho. Vodacom also provides various cellular-related business services in more than forty African countries, including Nigeria, Zambia, Angola, Cameroon, Kenya, and Ghana. Vodacom also provides coverage to the peak of Mount Kilimanjaro, making it the highest point in Africa to be covered by a cellular network.

Prior to 2008, ownership of Vodacom was divided on a 50/50 basis between South African telecommunications provider Telkom and British mobile phone operator Vodafone. In 2008, Vodafone increased its stake in Vodacom to 65%, while Telkom’s share was spun off by listing it on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange. AS of 2011, Vodacom’s operates largely as a subsidiary company of Vodafone, having also changed its branding from blue to red to tie in more closely with that of its parent company.

Vodacom uses a variety of different technologies to support its networks, which differ between regions. These include 2G, 3G, and UMTS networks within South Africa, as well as HSPA+ 21.1 Mbit/s, HSUPA (2100 MHz), 42 Mbit/s., Wi-Fi, and WiMAX services. Vodacom was also the first cellular provider to introduce high-speed LTE coverage to the South African market.

Vodacom is also involved in sports sponsorship within South Africa as a means to increase brand awareness and market presence. Within the provincial rugby union, the company currently sponsors the Vodacom Blue Bulls. In the soccer arena, two Premier Soccer League clubs are sponsored by Vodacom: the Kaizer Chiefs and Orlando Pirates, as well as the national team, Bafana Bafana.

Vacancies at Vodacom

As a large multinational company with operations extending throughout the African continent, Vodacom employs a considerable number of people with various educational backgrounds and different skill sets to ensure that its day-to-day operations are carefully managed. These range from on-the-ground operations such as the rolling out and maintenance of networks to the development of new technologies and the daily management of business operations.

The core of Vodacom’s operations is, of course, the network itself. In order to create, extend, and maintain this network, the company employs a variety of electrical and mechanical engineers, contractors, telecommunications specialists, quantity surveyors, manufacturers, and maintenance technicians to oversee this important process. Call center-based technicians are also required to assist customers over the phone.

In research and development, similar types of qualifications are needed in order to design and upgrade new technologies. In addition, information technology technicians, product developers, and designers of many different kinds are often employed to create new products and services that appeal to Vodacom’s diverse customer base.

Such a large company naturally requires a significant number of employees in administration and management roles to oversee the wide range of business operations. These include secretarial positions, human resource managers, risk assessors, financial analysts, internal auditors, accountants, marketing specialists, legal teams, property negotiators, regional and local branch managers, top-level management, and many others besides. Various consultants with specialisations in relevant fields are frequently required to assist with key projects and aspects of the business.

Vodacom employees may be entitled to a variety of different benefits depending on their specific employment package. Various perks may include paid vacation time, maternity and paternity leave, a pension plan, an employee assistance program, and the possibllity of discounts on Vodacom products for employees and their immediate family members.


Shoprite

The Shoprite Group of Companies (widely known simply as Shoprite) is the largest food retailer chain in Africa.

shoprite logoShoprite’s history begins in 1979, with the acquisition by the newly formed holding company of a chain of eight supermarkets based in the Western Cape. By 1983, the company had opened its first branch outside of the Western Cape area, located in Hartswater in the Northern Cape. That same year saw Shoprite’s annual turnover increased by over 600% over the four years since its inception.

In 1986, expansion continued throughout South Africa with the opening of a new store in Bloemfontein. In addition, Shoprite was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in that same year. Two years later, new locations were opened in the former Transvaal province.

By 1990, Shoprite had extended its reach beyond South Africa, with stores opening in Namibia as well. Within the next decade, the company grew to many times its size with the acquisition of Grand Bazaars, Checkers, and OK Bazaars, and has since expanded into several other African countries.

Fields of business

As a large, multinational food retailer, Shoprite’s day-to-day operations are as diverse as they are extensive, with a market presence and retail locations in fifteen countries across Africa and the Indian Ocean Islands. Shoprite’s total number of stores comes in at 1825 corporate and 363 franchised outlets, with an annual turnover of more than R62 billion, making it a true giant in the African retail industry.

Shoprite’s business model is primarily focused on food retailing to a diverse range of consumers, with the aim of making its food and household products accessible to all income levels while maintaining a first-world shopping environment. The company also engages in various social and economic upliftment programs through its operations throughout Africa in an effort to give back to the communities it serves.

grocery store

Shoprite’s company headquarters are currently situated in the Western Cape province of South Africa, and the company is listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange as well as the Namibian and Zambian Stock Exchanges, making it a publicly owned company. All told, Shoprite Holdings Ltd. is comprised of a diverse range of outlets, including Shoprite supermarkets, Checkers supermarkets, Checkers Hypers, Usave stores, OK Furniture outlets, OK Power Express stores, OK Furniture Dreams stores, House & Home stores, Hungry Lion fast food outlets, MediRite pharmacies, and LiquorShops.

Shoprite also operates Computicket, one of South Africa’s major ticketing businesses. Computicket counters are available in over a thousand Shoprite locations as well as at free-standing outlets. Through its OK Franchise Division, Shoprite also acts as a supplier and distributor of stock to OK MiniMark convenience stores, OK Foods supermarkets, OK Grocer stores, Megasave wholesale stores, OK Value stores, Enjoy stores, Sentra stores, Friendly supermarkets, Friendly Liquor stores, OK Express, and OK Liquor stores throughout the country and beyond.

Vacancies at Shoprite

A large international corporation like Shoprite offers many different job opportunities both at the customer facing level and behind the scenes in administration and operations management. These jobs require a dynamic variety of skill sets and qualifications.

On the floor level at the many Shoprite locations around Africa and beyond, many employees are needed to ensure operations run smoothly. These include cashiers, cleaning technicians, customer service personnel, stock managers, chefs, bakers, floor managers, branch managers, financial managers, and others, all of whom must work together as a team to keep each Shoprite branch fully stocked and running at optimal levels.

On an administrative level, employees are needed at the head office as well as regional offices throughout Shoprite’s areas of operation to manage the bigger picture of the company’s daily business operations. These include top-tier management positions, marketing specialists, logistics and supply chain managers, product developers, financial planners, accountants, internal auditors, risk assessors, real estate managers, public relations officers, human resources managers, legal teams, communications and information technology experts, and more.

One popular route by which many prospective Shoprite employees being working for the company is through the Shoprite Group’s extensive bursary programme. This programme is targeted at matric learners who are otherwise unable to find the necessary financial support to attend tertiary institutions. Successful candidates may qualify for comprehensive bursary packages covering the costs of their tertiary education as part of a work back agreement with Shoprite, which enabled them to work off their debt following graduation while also gaining valuable experience in their chosen field within the Shoprite environment.

Shoprite offers many benefits to its employees depending on the specific employment package. These can include paid vacation time, maternity and paternity leave, employee assistance programs, and the possibility of discounts on Shoprite products for employees and their families.


MTN

MTN Group (formerly known as MCell), is a multinational cellular telecommunications company based in South Africa.

mtn logoMTN’s history begins in 1994, the same year as South African democracy. In this year, MCell was incorporated in South Africa, owning 25% of MTN Holdings. It was converted into a public company the following year, and acquired M-Tel as a service provider a year later. Quickly taking over the South African market, by 1997 the company had begun expanding its operations into Swaziland, Uganda, and Rwana. By the end of the decade, MCell had increased its stake in MTN Holdings to 100%.

The beginning of the new millennium saw MCell extend its operations to Nigeria, obtaining several licenses in the country, while also acquiring CiTEC as a tier-one internet services provider. In 2002, the company’s name was officially changed to MTN Group Limited, with CiTEC becoming MTN Network Solutions.

By 2013, MTN had reached over 200 million subscribers, becoming one of the most recognizable brands in Africa.

Fields of business

MTN Group’s business operations have grown exponentially in just over two decades of development. Not only has the company established itself as one of the leading cellular network providers in South Africa, but has also established a significant footprint in other parts of the continent and the world at large. Today MTN Group has a strong market presence in Botswana, Cameroon, Côte d’Ivoire, Nigeria, Republic of Congo (Congo-Brazzaville), Rwanda, South Africa, Swaziland, Uganda, Zambia, Iran, Afghanistan, Benin, Cyprus, Ghana, Guinea Bissau, Guinea Republic, Liberia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.

On a day-to-day basis, MTN primarily provides cellular network coverage across a wide area within the countries in which it has a presence. It also acts as a supplier of mobile phones and related products and accessories, as well as providing access and airtime on the MTN network to customers on various contract or pay-as-you-go options. As one of the country’s leading cellular network operators, MTN also provides comprehensive customer service.

In addition to voice calls, short message service (SMS), media message service (MMS), conference calling, voicemail, caller identification, and callback or ‘please call me’ services (whereby subscribers can send a free message to a number of their choice asking the recipient to call them back), MTN also provides extensive mobile internet and data coverage as part of the network. In 2011, the company embarked on its largest infrastructure development project to date, rolling out 2nd generation (2G) data coverage to 98.6% of the South African population. In addition to 2G, MTN’s EDGE and 3rd generation (3G) networks cover approximately 65% of the population, increasing connectivity throughout South Africa. In 2012, MTN also launched its high-speed long-term evolution (LTE) data network in Gauteng, and has since extended its reach to many other parts of the country.

Vacancies at MTN

As a large multinational company with network coverage extending over a very large total area (both in South Africa and across the company’s other areas of operation), MTN requires a large workforce to manage its day-to-day operations. These jobs can range from the technical side of operations to supervision and management.

The layout, extension and maintenance of all the various aspects of MTN’s networks is of course a top priority for the company, and many employees are required to make sure that the network stays up and running at all times while also improving and extending its performance. These include service technicians, electrical and physical engineers, telecommunications specialists, information technology technicians, contractors, construction crews, among others. Call center- and branch-based technicians are also required to provide customer service and assistance with various MTN products and services.

On a research and development level, many skilled employees are required to design and roll out new technologies, such as LTE, to add to MTN’s offerings. In particular, people with technical expertise in the fields of information technology, cellular communications, electrical engineering, information systems, and other related fields are in high demand for these kinds of tasks, which help to keep MTN up to speed with changes in the telecommunications world.

On the level of management and administration, MTN’s worldwide operations require a dedicated team of top-tier management, project managers, financial analysts, accountants, internal auditors, legal advisors, risk assessors, human resources managers, public relations specialists, supply chain and logistics managers, sales and marketing specialists, behavioural scientists, and many others, all of whom work together to keep MTN’s daily business operations running smoothly.

MTN offers many benefits to its employees, including the option of life and disability insurance, a pension plan, stock or equity options, maternity and paternity leave, paid vacation time, sick leave, employee assistance programs, and the possibility of discounts on MTN products and services.


Impala Platinum

Impala Platinum Holdings Limited (Implats) is a leading company involved in the mining, refining, and marketing of platinum and related metals.

impala platinum logoThe history of Impala Platinum (or Implats, as it is commonly known) begins in the early 1960s. During this period, a high-output platinum mine was established north of Rustenburg in the North-West province of South Africa. The mine had an annual output capacity of 100 000 ounces.

By the late 1960s, increased demand for platinum, particularly in the Japanese market, was supporting Impala Platinum’s growth. The introduction of new emissions regulations in the United States in the early 1970s, for which platinum was needed for use in catalytic converters, increased demand even further, enabling the company to sign long-term supply contracts with major automobile manufacturers such as General Motors and Chrysler.

Bishopsgate Platinum Limited, of which Impala Platinum Ltd was a subsidiary company, was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in 1973, following which the company’s name was changed to Impala Platinum Holdings Limited. By the early 1990s, Implats had become the world’s second-largest platinum producer.

Fields of business

As the world’s second-largest platinum producer, Impala Platinum’s day-to-day business operations are as extensive as they are diverse. On average, the company produces upwards of 1.8Moz of platinum and more than 3.5Moz of platinum group metals (PGMs) each year, accounting for a substantial 25% of the global supply. Implats also has operations to refine, concentrate, and process the raw metals into more usable and marketable forms. These facilities are often attached or in close proximity to the mines themselves.

Impala Platinum’s major mining operations are located along the two richest and most accessible ore-bearing reefs in the world: the Bushveld Complex in South Africa, located in the Transvaal basin, and the Great Dyke in Zimbabwe. Seven different mines and related facilities are operated in these areas

The main South African mining operations are located on the western and eastern edges of the Bushveld Complex. The largest is the Impala mine, located on the western side, which is owned and operated exclusively by Impala Platinum. The mine comprises fourteen shafts (with new ones under development), a mineral processes plant (incorporating concentrating and smelting facilities) and refineries. Also on the western side is Leeuwkop, a newer facility that is still under development. Impala Refining Services, located at Impala Springs, houses Impala Platinum’s smelting and refinery services.

Marula, located on the eastern side, is 73% Implats-owned, with the remaining 23% held by Black Economic Empowerment (BEE) interests. This main comprises three shafts and a concentrating factility. Also on the eastern side is Two Rivers Platinum, a two-shaft opencast mine and concentrator that is operated as part of a joint venture with Impala Platinum’s partner, African Rainbow Minerals (ARM).

In Zimbabwe, the Zimplats mine located at Ngezi incorporates both opencast and underground operations, while Mimosa, a shallow semi-mechanised mine, is operated as a 50/50 joint venture with Aquarius Platinum.

Vacancies at Impala Platinum

As one of the world’s largest producers of platinum and related metals, with extensive mining and processing operations in two countries, Impala Platinum requires a substantial workforce with a wide range of employable skills to sustain its day-to-day operations. These range from on-site workers to management staff working at various locations throughout Impala Platinum’s areas of operation.

At Impala Platinum’s mines, mineworkers are of course the backbone of the operation, and are always in high demand. Those with technical experience in engineering, geology, or project management are also valued. Specialists in these fields are also required for the development of new mine shafts and mining techniques, as well as to maintain the mines’ structural integrity and keep safety standards high. At a processing level, many specialists are also needed to oversee existing processes for refinement and concentration and develop new and better ones.

At a management and administration level, Impala Platinum requires a large number of employees at regional locations as well as its head offices to keep the daily business operations of this large corporation running smoothly. Employees required for this task include top-tier management, legal experts, risk assessors, accountants, internal auditors, human resources managers, property developers, quantity surveyors, public relations officers, marketing strategists, technical advisors, logistics managers, information technology specialists, and many others. This team must liaise with managers on the ground as well as with various sectors of the overall business to coordinate daily operations.

Impala Platinum also offers various bursary programs in related fields of study, including various types of engineering, chemistry, geology, and finance. Various benefits are available to existing employees depending on the employment package, including health and life insurance, hazard pay, paid vacation time, sick leave, maternity and paternity leave, employee assistance programs, and stock/equity options.


Nampak

Nampak is a leading manufacturer of diversified based in South Africa, and is the largest company of its kind in Africa.

nampak logoNampak’s history as a company goes right back to the earliest days of the cardboard box industry in South Africa. In the 1920s, cardboard boxes were being made by a number of entrepreneurial businesses around the country. The 1930s saw the emergence of several larger box manufacturers, most notably Metal Box and Amalgamated Packaging Industries (API). By the 1940s, Metal Box was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange, and Amalgamated Packaging Industries had become one of the leading manufacturers of packaging in South Africa.

By the 1960s, many of these existing companies had been amalgamated into larger ones, such as National Containers and National Packaging. In 1968, National Amalgamated Packaging (or Nampak for short) was formed through major acquisitions of existing companies, and was listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange in the following year. By the late 1990s, Nampak had extended its operations into Europe, the United Kingdom, and beyond.

Fields of business

As one of Africa’s leading manufacturers of a diverse range of packaging products, and a JSE-listed company for over 47 years, Nampak’s business operations are extensive. The company currently operates out of 28 sites in South Africa (which account for approximately 47% of its total trading profit). 16 sites in Kenya, Swaziland, Angola, Malawi, Tanzania, Botswana, Mozambique, Zambia, Ethiopia, Nigeria, and Zimbabwe, together with eight in the UK and Ireland, also contribute to Nampak’s profit and its day-to-day operations. In addition, a research and development facility in Cape Town adds support and innovation to Nampak’s product range and manufacturing process. Nampak’s most high-profile customers include many of the world’s largest consumer goods companies.

Nampak’s product range is diverse, catering to a number of different industries and customer needs:

  • Nampak Metals specialises in the manufacturing of aluminium and tinplate cans and containers for beverages and canned food products, as well as aerosols, paint, and other goods. The majority of facilities producing these products are based in South Africa, as well as various other African countries.
  • Nampak Glass produced a variety of glass bottles and containers for the wine, soft drinks, beer, spirits, flavoured alcoholic beverages, and processed food markets. These products are mostly made in South African facilities, and come in returnable and non-returnable varieties.
  • Nampak Paper, operating mostly out of Africa (excluding South Africa) specialises in the manufacturing of paper bags for flour, sugar, and other foodstuffs, cartons alcoholic beverage and dairy products, corrugated boxes for poultry, general food, tobacco and other agricultural products, and cartons for the tobacco market.
  • Nampak Plastics produces mainly HDPE- and PET-type plastic bottles, tubes, crates, drums, and other devices for the fruit juice, dairy, soft drink, water, alcoholic beverage, and food markets, as well as for a range of chemical, petroleum and household products.

Vacancies at Nampak

As a large multinational company with different divisions of operation, Nampak requires a large and diverse team of employees to oversee its day-to-day operations and keep the business functioning smoothly. These employees may be based at various offices or production facilities in any of Nampak’s areas of operation worldwide, or at the company’s head office in South Africa.

On the factory floor at Nampak’s many production plants, a large number of machine operators, technicians, quality control officers, and other staff are required to oversee production of the company’s various products. Maintenance technicians and engineers are also needed to ensure that the manufacturing equipment continues to operate effectively and safely. Each factory also needs a dedicated team of managers, supervisors, logistics controllers, and other administrative staff to manage the floor teams.

On the research and development front, a variety of engineers, analysts, marketing specialists, designers, and other employees with creative and technical skills and qualifications are needed to develop new products and update the production process for all of Nampak’s ranges.

On the level of its day-to-day business operations, Nampak’s global business operations require an integrated team of administrative staff at regional, national, and head office levels. These include top-tier management, financial experts, marketing specialists, accountants, internal auditors, public relations officers, logistics managers, risk assessors, teal estate developers, legal teams, human resources managers, information technology technicians, and a variety of other positions, all of which must work together to oversee and integrate operations between the many arms of Nampak’s global business.

Nampak employees may be offered a variety of perks and benefits as part of their employment package with the company. These can include paid vacation time, maternity and paternity leave, sick leave, stock and equity options, and an employee assistance program.