Job Scams and Correctional Services

The Department of Correctional Services

The Department of Correctional Services (DCS) recently released a press release warning the public about job scams conducted using their name. I personally applaud the department for reacting and creating awareness about these scams. Unfortunately, most times press releases are not shared as widely as a tweet or Facebook post.

The job scams mentioned in the Department of Correctional Services’ press release indicated that the scams were shared through social media and other channels. The shared posts invite members of the public to apply for employment and learnership opportunities. The department is now warning members of the public (you and I) against falling prey to these scam.

Please note that applying for employment in the public sector is free. Anyone asking for money for job applications is breaking the law.

The DCS uses mainstream the following channels to advertise job opportunities:

  • Mainstream media (radio, television, and newspapers)
  • The website of the Department of Public Services Administration (DPSA –
  • Internal email notices

Report job scammers

The department warned that those posing as consultants or using online media platforms to impersonate the department are fraudsters/ scammers who must be reported to law enforcement agencies. The Department of Correctional Services calls upon anyone who may have information on these fraudsters/ scammers to report the matter to the government’s anti-corruption hotline 0800 701 701.

For more information on jobs at the Department of Correctional Services

Visit the Department of Correctional Services website for information on jobs available at the department.

When applying for a job on the DCS website, please note:

Applications must be submitted on the Application for Employment Form (Z.83), obtainable from any Public Service department or at and should be accompanied by a comprehensive CV, including the details of at least two contactable referees (should be people who recently worked with the applicant) and certified copies of qualifications and identity document (with an original certification stamp). It is the responsibility of applicants in possession of foreign qualifications to submit evaluated results by the South African Qualifications Authority. Where a valid driver’s licence is a requirement, applicants must attach certified copies of such licences. No faxes or e-mailed applications will be considered. If no contact is made within three months of the closing date, please accept that the application was unsuccessful. Successful candidates will be required to enter into a performance agreement and be subjected to security clearance procedures. Successful candidates may be required to undergo a competency assessment.

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National Minimum Wage: Readiness and Implementation

National Minimum Wage

The Department of Labour’s Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES) branch announced that it will be conducting a nationwide campaign to assess levels of compliance with labour laws, especially the newly-introduced National Minimum Wage (NMW) Act.

Importance of enforcement to ensure compliance with labour laws

The Department of Labour’s Deputy Director-General of Inspection and Enforcement Services (IES), Aggy Moiloa said that the department understands the importance of enforcement to ensure compliance with the labour laws of the country. She said the Department had 1392 inspectors who were ready to monitor compliance with the NMW Act.

She said the Department of Labour will be utilising its Basic Conditions of Employment Act (BCEA) specialist inspectors to enforce the NMW Act. The NMW Act was conceived from the BCEA.

Advocacy, inspection and enforcement

Moiloa further added that the department’s strategy to enforce NMW was premised on three pillars – that is advocacy, inspection and enforcement.

The Deputy Director-General held a workshop on the performance levels of the organisation in Pretoria. The core of her presentation was on the state of readiness by the Department’s IES branch to enforce the implementation of the National Minimum Wage.

The National Minimum Wage is R20

The National Minimum Wage came into effect on 1 January 2019. The NMW is R20, the minimum rate at which workers should earn per hour.  

Moiloa said the Department was aware of the burden imposed by NMW to CCMA resources and was ready to assist. She said aggrieved workers on issues of NMW can take their complaints to the Department’s Labour Centres or directly report to the CCMA. 

She said as part of its readiness the Department already had the following in place:

  • Case management systems have been developed;
  • The CCMA has conducted training on their system in order for the inspectorate to refer cases; and
  • Inspectors have been trained to monitor compliance with the NMW Act. 

She reiterated that the Wholesale and Retail sectors would be areas of focus as these sectors have been identified as problematic.

Teboho Thejane
Cell: 082 697 0694

Press release issued by Department of Labour

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Nigerian Doctors in South Africa and HPCSA registration

Nigerian doctors in South Africa

Nigerian doctors in South Africa are governed by the Health Professions Council of South Africa (HPCSA), a professional body for health care practitioner in South Africa. HPCSA is registered as a statutory professional body with the South African Qualification Authority (SAQA).

In 2018, it was confirmed that there were 680 Nigerian doctors in South Africa that were registered with HPCSA (as at 2 July 2018).

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The mandate of HPCSA

HPCSA guides and regulates the health professions in the country (including Nigerian doctors in South Africa) in aspects pertaining to registration, education and training, professional conduct and ethical behaviour, ensuring continuing professional development, and fostering compliance with healthcare standards.

Nigerian doctors in South Africa

All individuals (including Nigerian doctors in South Africa) who practise any of the health care professions incorporated in the scope of the HPCSA are obliged by the Health Professions Act No. 56 of 1974 to register with the Council. Failure to do so constitutes a criminal offence.

The Health Professions Council of South Africa confers the following designations:

  • Medical Practitioners e.g.
    Nigerian doctors in South Africa
  • Dental Practitioners
  • Psychologists
  • Oral Hygienists
  • Dental Assistants
  • Dental Therapists

Internships and community service for Nigerian doctors in South Africa

Doctors trained abroad need to apply to the HPCSA for registration. Some may be exempted from a board exam, while others may have to write the exam. The purpose of board examinations is to measure the academic and clinical competence and capacity of foreign qualified practitioners (Nigerian doctors in South Africa qualified in Nigeria) wishing to enter the profession for community service, supervised practice or independent practice. They may subsequently be required to perform supervised practice for up to two years or internship. The duration and domains of internship training or supervised practice for foreign qualified practitioners will be determined by HPCSA based on norms set for the same. After successful completion of two years internship, the doctor will be registered by the HPCSA as a doctor and will need to complete a year in the service of the DOH. This is known as community service. The DOH determines all community service posts and no supervision is required. All healthcare professionals, including dieticians, physiotherapists, and occupational therapists, are obliged to complete one year of community service (HPCSA Bulletin, 2017).

Verification of Qualifications of Nigerian Doctors in South Africa

The Health Professions Council of South Africa uses the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates (ECFMG) for verification of medical credentials of international practitioners (e.g. Nigerian doctors in South Africa) applying for registration to practice medicine in South Africa.

ECFMG is a global leader in health care—serving physicians, members of the medical education and regulatory communities, health care consumers, and those researching issues in medical education and health workforce planning.

Nigerian doctors in South Africa and the Educational Commission for Foreign Medical Graduates

Step 1: The HPCSA requires practitioners who obtained their basic medical qualification outside of South Africa to use ECFMG’s Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials (EPICSM) to have their medical credentials verified (e.g. Nigerian doctors in South Africa).

All new applicants who obtained their basic medical qualification outside of South Africa are required to establish an EPIC account, if they do not have one already.

Step 2: Practitioners are required to upload their credentials to EPIC for verification.

Electronic Portfolio of International Credentials

EPIC is an innovative, online service that practitioners (e.g. Nigerian doctors in South Africa) can use throughout their careers. Through EPIC, practitioners will be able to build a digital career portfolio of the primary-source verified credentials related to their medical education, training, and registration/license. They can then use EPIC to request reports verifying the authenticity of their credentials be provided to any organisation in the world, including medical regulatory authorities and potential employers, such as hospitals and academic institutions.

110+ jobs in higher demand across South Africa

110+ jobs in higher demand - welder

The List of Occupations in High Demand will be reviewed every 2 years unless it is deemed necessary to do so earlier. The next list of occupations in high demand is planned to be published in 2020 (National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018).

These jobs i.e. 130+ jobs in highest demand; 110+ jobs in higher demand; and 120+ jobs in high demand.

The idea of “Occupations in High Demand” encompasses the idea of historical, current and anticipated occupational growth trends (including new and emerging occupations), and occupational shortages (National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018).

110+ jobs in higher demand - hotel manager

List of 110+ jobs in higher demand: 2018

  • Hotel Manager
  • Importer or Exporter
  • Retail Manager
  • Service Station Manager
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineering Technologist
  • Aeronautical Engineer
  • Architect
  • General Medical Practitioner
  • Hospital Pharmacist
  • Industrial Pharmacist
  • Retail Pharmacist
  • University Lecturer
  • Professor/Associate Professor
  • Early Childhood Development Practitioner
  • Financial Investment Advisor
  • Skills Development Facilitator/Practitioner
  • Labour Market Analyst
  • ICT Systems Analyst
  • Software Developer
  • JCT Risk Specialist
  • Programmer Analyst
  • Developer Programmer
  • Applications Programmer
  • Social Worker
  • Electronic Engineering Technician
  • Fossil Power Plant Process Controller
  • Hydro Power Plant Process Controller
  • Nuclear Power Plant Process Controller
  • Wind Turbine Power Plant Process Controller
  • Concentrated Solar Power (CSP) Plant Process Controller
  • Weatherisation Installers and Technicians
  • Solar Photovoltaic Service Technician
  • Wind Turbine Service Technician
  • Agricultural Technician
  • Agricultural Laboratory Technician
  • Dental Assistant
  • Dental Hygienist
  • Mathematical Assistant
  • Data Quality Officer
  • Decision Support Analyst
  • Statistical Assistant
  • Actuarial Assistant
  • Insurance Agent
  • Insurance Broker
  • Commodities Trader
  • Events Manager
  • Visual Merchandiser
  • Light Technician
  • Computer Network Technician
  • Geographic Information Systems Specialist
  • Geographic Information Systems Technicians
  • Client Services Administrator
  • General Clerk
  • Administrative Assistants
  • Word Processing Operator
  • Machine Shorthand Reporter
  • Data Entry Operator
  • Gaming Worker
  • Bookmaker’s Clerk
  • Payroll Clerk
  • Road Traffic Controller
  • Transport Clerk
  • Carpenter and Joiner
  • Carpenter
  • Shutter hand
  • Joiner
  • Plumber
  • Solar Installer
  • Gas Practitioner
  • Fire Services Plumber
  • Plumbing Inspector
  • Heat Pump Installer
  • Pipe Fitter
  • Welder
  • Fitter-welder
  • Gas Cutter
  • Sheet metal worker
  • Boiler Maker
  • Metal Machinist
  • Fitter and Turner
  • Industrial Machinery Mechanic
  • Mechanical Equipment Repairer
  • Mechanical Fitter
  • Fitter
  • Diesel Fitter
  • Small Engine Mechanic
  • Diesel Mechanic
  • Heavy Equipment Mechanic
  • Tractor Mechanic
  • Forklift Mechanic
  • Lubrication Equipment Mechanic
  • Goldsmith
  • Diamond and Gemstone Setter
  • Electrical Line Mechanic
  • Cable Jointer
  • Upholste rer
  • Shot firer
  • Blaster
  • Textile Wet Process Production Operator
  • Textile Wet Processes Finishing Machine Operator
  • Textile Printing Machine Operator
  • Fabric Bleaching Machine Operator
  • Textile D yeing Machine Operator/ Textile Dyer
  • Textile Dyeing and Printing Preparation Machine Operator
  • Footwear Cutting Production Machine Operator
  • Footwear Clos ing Production Machine Operator
  • Footwear Bottom Stock Production Machine Operator
  • Footwear Lasting Production Machine Operator
  • Footwear Finishing Production Machine Operator
  • Lorry Driver
  • Truck Driver (General)

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120+ jobs in high demand across South Africa

jobs in high demand - HR and training

Jobs in high demand refer to occupations that have shown relatively strong employment growth, and/or are experiencing shortages in the labour market or which are expected to be in demand in the future (National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018).

These jobs i.e. 130+ jobs in highest demand; 110+ jobs in higher demand; and 120+ jobs in high demand.

Jobs are in high demand if they:

  • have shown relatively strong employment or wage growth over the past 5 years;
  • are expected to show relatively strong employment growth in the future;
  • have been identified as being in shortage3 in the labour market;
  • are new and are expected to emerge in the near future as a result of innovation, technological advancements, the development of new industries, or the implementation of government strategic priorities (National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018).
jobs in high demand -training officer

List of 120+ jobs in high demand: 2018

  • Personnel /Human Resources Manager
  • Training and Development Manager
  • Business Training Manager
  • Recruitment Manager
  • Employee Wellness Manager
  • health and Safety Manager
  • Safety, Health, Environment, and Quality (SHE&Q) Practitioner
  • Security Services Manager
  • Security Risk Assessment Manager
  • Environmental Education Manager
  • Actuary
  • Statistician
  • Statistical Modeller
  • Biologist (General)
  • Biochemist
  • Biotechnologist
  • Botanist
  • Marine Biologist
  • Microbiologist
  • Zoologist
  • Environmental Engineer (G)
  • Environmental Impact and Restoration Analyst
  • Chemical Engineer
  • Chemical Engineering Technologist
  • Graphic Designer
  • Illustrator
  • Multimedia Designer
  • Web Designer
  • Registered Nurse (Aged Care)
  • Registered Nurse (Child and Family Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Community Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Critical Care and Emergency)
  • Registered Nurse (Developmental Disability)
  • Registered Nurse (Disability and Rehabilitation)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical)
  • Registered Nurse (Medical Practice)
  • Registered Nurse (Mental Health)
  • Registered Nurse (Operating theatre)
  • Registered Nurse (Surgical)
  • Nurse Manager
  • Veterinarian
  • Veterinary Pathologist
  • Veterinary Surgeon
  • Veterinary Parasitologist
  • Veterinary Epidemiologist
  • Veterinary Pathologist
  • Animal Doctor
  • Environmental Health Officer
  • Construction health and safety technician
  • Safety, Health, Environment, and Quality (SHE&Q) Practitioner
  • English As A Second Language Teacher
  • English Conversation Instructor
  • English Language Teacher
  • Multimedia Specialist
  • Web Developer
  • Database Designer and Systems Administrator
  • Database Designer and Administrator
  • Computer Network and Systems Engineer
  • Network Analyst
  • ICT Security Specialist
  • Labour Market Economist
  • Economist
  • Clinical Psychologist
  • Psychometrician
  • Food and Beverage Technician
  • Manufacturing Technician
  • Industrial Engineering Technician
  • Environmental Engineering Technician
  • Life Science Technician
  • Environmental Science Technician
  • Health Information Manager
  • Environmental and Occupational Health Inspector
  • Marine Safety Officer
  • Agricultural / Horticultural Produce Inspector
  • Aquaculture Produce Analyst
  • Safety Inspector
  • Retail Buyer
  • Procurement officers
  • Auctioneer
  • Sales Representative (Business Services)
  • Supply Chain Practitioner
  • Marketing Coordinator
  • Secretary (General)
  • Phone Centre Operator
  • Shift Telephonist
  • Telecom Operator
  • PABX Operator
  • Telephone Operator / Attendant
  • Stock Clerk / Officer
  • Dispatching and Receiving Clerk / Officer
  • Waiter
  • Cafe Worker
  • Hairdresser
  • Call Centre Salesperson
  • Residentjal Care Officer
  • Aged or Disabled Carer
  • Community Care Worker
  • Nursing Support Worker
  • Fire Fighter
  • Hazardous Materials Removal Workers
  • Aviation Security Tra iner /Officer
  • Security Officer
  • Security Electronic Installations
  • Retail Loss Prevention Officer
  • Tree Feller
  • Forest and Conservation Workers
  • Stonemasons
  • Scaffold Erector
  • Roof Tiler
  • Roof Plumber
  • Roof Thatcher
  • Glass Maker
  • Optical Mechanic
  • Telecommunications Line Mechanic
  • Clothing, Home Textiles and General Goods Cutter
  • Apparel and related pattern maker
  • Concrete batching plant operator
  • Weaving Machine Operator
  • Warping Machine Operator
  • Braiding Machine Operator
  • Non-woven Machine Operator
  • Textile Dry Finishing Machine Operator
  • Textile and Footwear Manufacturing Machine Minder
  • Bakery and Confectionary Products Machine Operator
  • Product Assembler
  • Mobile Plant Operators
  • Crane or Hoist Operator
  • Cable Ferry Operator
  • Dredge Operator
  • Forklift Driver

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130+ jobs in highest demand across South Africa

jobs in high demad

The 130+ jobs in highest demand across South Africa were identified in a government gazette. The gazette (National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018) was released by the Department of Higher Education and Training in June 2018.

The National List of Occupations in High Demand: 2018 is aimed at “improving the responsivenesss of post-school education and training system to the needs of the economy and the broader development objectives of the country”.

The list had three categories: 130+ jobs in highest demand; 110+ jobs in higher demand; and 120+ jobs in high demand.

jobs in highest demand

List of 130+ jobs in highest demand: 2018

  • General Manager Public Service
  • Senior Government Official
  • Senior Government Manager
  • Chief Financial Officer
  • Finance Manager
  • Management Accountant
  • Payroll Manager
  • Credit Manager
  • Internal Audit Manager
  • Corporate General Manager
  • Corporate Services Manager
  • Physical Asset Manager
  • Contract Manager
  • Programme or Project Manager
  • Labour Recruitment Manager
  • Quality Systems Manager
  • Sustainability Manager
  • Sales and Marketing Manager
  • Sales Executive
  • Sales Manager
  • Director of Marketing
  • [nteractive and Direct Marketing Strategist
  • Client Services Advisor
  • Customer Service Manager
  • Farm Manager
  • Production/Operations Manager
  • Production / Operations Supervisor (Forestry)
  • Manufacturer
  • Production / Operations Manager (Manufacturing)
  • Engineering Manager
  • Power Generation Operations Manager (G)
  • Manufacturing Quality Manager
  • Construction Project Manager
  • Project Builder
  • Supply And Distribution Manager
  • Logistics Manager
  • Road Transport Manager
  • Warehouse Manager
  • Fleet Manager
  • Chief Information Officer
  • JCT Project Manager
  • Data Management Manager
  • Application Development Manager
  • Information Technology Manager
  • information Systems Director
  • Environmental Manager
  • Laboratory Manager
  • Small Business Manager
  • Office Manager
  • Archives Manager
  • Museum Manager
  • Operations Manager (Non-Manufacturing)
  • Operations Foreman (Non-Manufacturing)
  • Seismologist
  • Agriculture Consultant
  • Agricultural Scientist
  • Forest Scientist
  • Wine Maker
  • Food and Beverage Scientist
  • Process Engineer
  • Industrial Engineer
  • Industrial Engineering Technologist
  • Production Engineer
  • Production Engineering Technologist
  • Civil Engineer
  • [ndustrial engineer
  • Civil Engineering Technologist
  • Mining engineer
  • Mining engineering technologist
  • Quantity Surveyor
  • Agricultural Engineer
  • Agricultural Engineering Technologist
  • Materials engineer
  • Materials engineering technologist
  • Materials non-destructive testing operators
  • Senior Secondary School Teacher (Grades 10-12)
  • Junior Secondary School Teacher (Grades 8 – 9)
  • Foundational Phase School Teacher
  • Senior Primary School Teacher (Grades 4-7)
  • Investment Analyst
  • Investment Manager
  • Investment Advisor
  • Financial Markets Practitioner
  • Quality Assurance Analyst (Computers )
  • Attorney
  • Advocate
  • Adjudicator
  • Legislation Facilitator
  • Master of the Court
  • Family Court Registrar
  • Civil Engineering Technician
  • Surveying or Cartographic Technician
  • Geomatician
  • Town Planning Technician
  • Electrical Engineering Technician
  • Electric Substation Operations Manager
  • Energy Efficiency Technician
  • Mechanical Engineering Technician
  • Pressure Equipment Inspector
  • Aeronautical Engineering Technician
  • Draughtsperson
  • Building Associate
  • Clerk of Works
  • Construction supervisor
  • Water Plant Operator
  • Waste Materials Plant Operator
  • Water Process Controller
  • Medical Laboratory Technician
  • Chef
  • ICT Communications Assistant
  • Broadcast Transmitter Operator
  • Camera Operator (Film, Television or Video)
  • Sound Technician
  • Television Equipment Operator
  • Radio Station Operator
  • Production Assistant (Film, Television or Radio)
  • Tourist [nformation Officer
  • Travel Consultant
  • Coding Clerk
  • Proof Reader
  • Child Care Worker
  • Electrician
  • Electrical Installation Inspector
  • Millwright
  • Mechatronics Technician
  • Lift Mechanic
  • Weapon Systems Mechanic
  • Armature Winder
  • Transportation Electrician

Concluding remarks

The information about jobs in high demand was provided with the hope that it would be a source of useful insights into the skills needs of the economy and society. The department noted that the South African labour market is characterised by high levels of unemployment and skills shortages.

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