Relocating by industry? Here are SA’s best cities to live and work in

Although all of South Africa’s major cities are unique, most of them are home to a different set of core industries. Not sure where to start your new career? Adzuna rounded up SA’s best cities to live and work in, based on their core industries.


SA’s best cities to live and work in

Cape Town

The Mother City is arguably the most beautiful of all of South Africa’s major cities, which is why tourism is a booming industry here. It’s also a great destination for IT professionals since it’s home to the most registered IT companies in the country. With some of the best schools, colleges and universities in SA, it’s also one of the best cities to live and work in for those of you working in the field of education.

IT jobs on offer: 3,631

Tourism jobs on offer: 115

Educational jobs on offer: 715



Not only does Durban have South Africa’s busiest port, but it’s also home to the largest of its kind on the African continent. If you’re in the export-related trade, Durbs might be the ideal location for you to settle down in. Durban is also a trading hub, and with its subtropical weather, it’s ideal for those looking to land a job in the tourism industry.

Export jobs on offer: 65

Tourism jobs on offer: 62



Johannesburg is home to the Stock Exchange, making it SA’s leading financial city. The city’s initial wealth might have been founded on mining, but nowadays, the focus is on services and manufacturing.

Service jobs on offer: 5,632

Manufacturing jobs on offer: 1,154



The Jacaranda city is South Africa’s executive capital and also where you’ll find the government headquarters along with an abundance of foreign embassies and diplomatic missions. Steel and iron works are Pretoria’s main commercial industries while manufacturing and automobile sales also employ the majority of Pretoria locals.

Manufacturing jobs on offer: 222

Car sales jobs on offer: 194



Port Elizabeth, also known as the “Friendly City”, is an easy-going metropolis that’s home to SA’s automobile industry. Most automobile assembly plants are based here, including the likes of GM, Volkswagen and Ford. If you’re not in the automobile industry, you might also be able to land a great job in the export industry since PE’s ore export is a big deal.

Automobile jobs on offer: 82

Export jobs on offer: 24



Bloem is more than just the “City of Roses”. Gone are the days where the heart of South Africa’s Free State depended on sectors like mining and agriculture. Nowadays, your best chances at success (career-wise) would be landing a job in the manufacturing, export, or high tech industries.

Manufacturing jobs on offer: 56

Tech jobs on offer: 54



Although Kimberley is the sea of South Africa’s provincial legislature, it’s been a hub of industrialisation ever since the late nineteenth century. If you work within the mining or agricultural sectors, you have a very good chance of landing your dream job here!

Mining jobs on offer: 90

Agricultural jobs on offer: 49


Are you thinking of moving?

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