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SARA Presentation November 2008. Mambo Karibu. Agenda. Introduction Being an expat Repatriation On the other side – Engen Conclusion. Introduction. August 2002 – HR Director Vodacom Left alone without family – 14 October 2002 Family joined January 2003 until end of December 2004

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Sara presentation november 2008

SARA Presentation

November 2008


Mambo karibu

Mambo

Karibu


Agenda
Agenda

  • Introduction

  • Being an expat

  • Repatriation

  • On the other side – Engen

  • Conclusion


Introduction
Introduction

  • August 2002 – HR Director Vodacom

  • Left alone without family – 14 October 2002

  • Family joined January 2003 until end of December 2004

  • Stayed on until March 2006 – “absent assignee”

  • Returned to SA – April 2006

  • Joined Engen September 2007


Being an expat
Being an Expat

  • Attended country briefing – JHB

  • Preparation NB

  • Family & Admin Issues

  • Medical Issues NB – kids

  • Schooling

  • Work permit

  • Visa before leaving

  • Read lots about Tanzania


Being an expat1
Being an Expat

  • Work very challenging – long (12 to 14)hours

  • Sundays very problematic

  • Searched for a house – 3 bedroom flat – Saturdays

  • Typical expat area - Oysterbay

  • Wife packing in SA – “frustration”


Being an expat work
Being an Expat - Work

  • Responsible for expats in country – 10 to 15

  • Setting up of HR function within company

  • Got involved in other areas of business – function of expatriate work

  • Localization NB – Vodacom

  • Set up HR System

  • Medical Aid and Pension Fund introduced

  • 40% locals in Senior Management – April 2006



Repatriation
Repatriation

  • Prepare psychologically for it

  • Went for Expat Assessment

  • Wasn’t prepared for what I found in SA

  • Everybody has moved on – except “us”

  • Company and I – not prepared at all


Characteristics of making it on assignment
Characteristics of making it on assignment

  • Good support system NB

  • Need your family with you - prerequisite

  • Need to make peace with African environment – Pole Pole

  • Don’t “colonise” Africa with SA ideas

  • Embrace the locals – “they love it” (learn the language)

  • Try to show intent on understanding the local market

  • Will engage with people in government – be prepared for it


What should hr departments do
What should HR departments do???

  • Empathies with expatriates around their issues

  • Create conducive environment for expatriates to return to home base - repatriation

  • Check up on wives on assignment & wives/girlfriends in SA

  • Watch out for “absent” expatriates

  • Take all concerns from locals seriously – investigate and act immediately

  • Engage proactively with expatriates


Other side
Other Side

  • Expat taxation - prioritised

  • Relocation outsourced – company

  • Expat Assessments introduced for Engen

  • Need to focus on families

  • Work permits NB


Conclusion
Conclusion

  • Expats – understand why we are sending staff on assignment

  • Focus on family issues

  • Render proactive support

  • Remuneration – prioritise this aspect for expats and make it “lucrative”.