We often hear and see 'I have a work visa for South Africa' when applying for a job.
Employers - we are here to advise that unfortunately your company is NOT allowed to employ a foreign national who is in possession of a work visa with a different company name. Work visas for South Africa are not transferrable.
Should you wish to employ a foreign national, you will be required to submit an offer of employment to the individual in addition to certain other documents. The individual must apply for and obtain the work authorization / visa first before employment with the company can commence.
Recruiters - job advertisements should not entail the words 'must be in possession of a work visa' when placements are done. Applicants for the position must undergo the same process as outlined above.
The only non-South African individuals who would not require authorization to work would be asylum seekers, refugee permit holders and permanent residence holders and even then, we strongly recommend checking the validity of their status.