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Looking to move to Johannesburg / job&visa advices

Hello dear Internations Jo'burg community,

I would like to appeal to your advices and experiences as regards to relocating to Johannesburg.

Currently based in Dubai, I am looking to move to Johannesburg within a few months to live with my girlfriend (SA national). I have about 10 years international experience in project management and business development in a major FMCG company.

While I am trying to get an internal transfer in my company -which would seem the simplest-, I can't only rely on this option and have started looking at external opportunities.

If you had any advices to share I would gladly welcome them! Particularly in:
- Job search advices / contacts (Relevant sites, headhunters, networking ...)
- Applying for a visa before arriving in South Africa - and which type of visa? (Quota, Exceptional, work permit) ? this seems the chicken/egg dilemma otherwise.

Thanks in advance for any help / advices you would be willing to share!

Kind regards,
Herve

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