LOOK: These critical skills are in short supply in SA

The Department of Home Affairs has added 39 new skills, which are mostly medical related, to its updated critical skills list.

The list shows what skills are in short supply in South Africa and sets out the qualifications necessary for an application for a critical skills work visa or permanent residence permit.

Minister Aaron Motsoaledi gazetted the news skills on Tuesday.

The list was originally published in February this year with 101 critical skills. The new 39 skills mainly relate to specialist medical and health practitioners.

After the original publication of the list, the Democratic Alliance (DA) submitted an advisory note to Motsoaledi saying the list could be expanded to include health professionals.

The department defines “Specialist Medical Practitioners” as those who “diagnose, treat and prevent illness, disease, injury and other physical and mental impairments in humans, using specialised testing, diagnostic, medical, surgical, physical and psychiatric techniques.”

Here’s a list of some of the new critical skills:

  • Dentists – particularly who specialise in community dentistry, maxillofacial, prosthodontics, and oral surgery.
  • Medical practitioners – specialising in public health, emergency medicine, neurology, anaesthesiology, clinical pharmacology, cardiothoracic surgery, dermatology, psychiatry, and paediatrics.
  • Registered Nurses – trauma and theatre nurses, paediatric nurses, critical care nurses, midwife specialist, and paediatric nurses.
  • Pharmacist – specialising in industrial pharmaceuticals.

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