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Debtors and Creditors Clerk
2 days ago

Debtors and Creditors ClerkNelspruit R12 000 - R15 000 (Depending on experience) Our client in the Automotive Industry is looking for a Debtors and Creditors Clerk to form part of their team

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We seek an experienced Debtors and Creditors Clerk to manage customer and supplier accounts, ensuring accurate invoicing, timely payment processing, and effective credit control.

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Quality Control Manager - Food industry experience required
Nelspruit, Mpumalanga
2 days ago

Salary: Market related

Quality Control Manager - Food industry experience required

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3 days ago

BookkeeperMbombela/NelspruitR 15 000 to R 20 000ctc per monthOur client in the Retail industry is looking for an experienced Bookkeeper to join their team in Nelspruit

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Junior Technician
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Junior TechnicianNelspruit R10 000 CTC Our Client in the Manufacturing Industry is looking for a young, dynamic individual with technical skills to join their team

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Workshop Charge Handman (Millwright)
4 days ago

Workshop Charge Handman (Millwright)Nelspruit/Mbombela, MpumalangaR28 000 - R35 000 CTCA reputable manufacturing company is seeking a Workshop Charge Handman (Millwright) to join their team

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Senior Accountant
4 days ago

Senior AccountantNelspruit / MbombelaMarket RelatedOur client in the telecommunications industry has an exciting role available for a Senior Accountant

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We are seeking a dedicated and experienced Skills Trainer to join our dynamic team in the restaurant industry. This role is crucial in developing our staff's competencies, ensuring they deliver exceptional service, and maintaining high operational standards.

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The Complete Guide to Jobs in Nelspruit

Nelspruit, which is now known as Mbombela, is a city in north east of South Africa. It is the capital and the largest city of the Mpumalanga province. Located on the Crocodile River, the city lies about 110 km west of the Mozambique border, 330 km east of Johannesburg and 82 km north of the Eswatini border.

Nelspruit has been renamed Mbombela and means "many people together in a small space" in Siswati.

What are the Main Jobs in Nelspruit?

Education Jobs in Nelspruit

Nelspruit has over 79 schools in the city, suburbs and townships, more schools are being built in response to overcrowding in this growing area with many teaching jobs.

The city hosts the University of Mpumalanga. Established in 2014, it had over 4,300 students as of 2020. Tshwane University of Technology has a satellite campus in the city with over 1,500 students, and UNISA has an office offering online courses.

Logistics Jobs in Nelspruit

Nelspruit, on the Maputo Corridor, is a major trade route linking South Africa to Maputo in Mozambique forming a transport route from major cities to Mozambique. The N4 toll route is the main arterial route with a double lane highway all the way to the rest of South Africa.

Xsun Transport, which has a revenue of R8.08M, is a good example of a flourishing logistics and supply chain company in Nelspruit along the major routes.  They have a “selection of both Tautliner and Flatdeck Superlinks, we can transport a wide “variety of products from FMCG, paper and pulp products, dry bulk and much more.

Agriculture Jobs in Nelspruit

Nelspruit is home to the Agricultural Research Council's Institute for Tropical and Subtropical Crops and the Lowveld National Botanical Garden.

Citrus Research International (CRI) has a major facility in the city. The Lowveld College of Agriculture, located near UMP, also conducts research in the field of botany.

Crops in the Nelspruit area include maize, wheat, sorghum, barley, sunflower seed, soybeans, macadamias, groundnuts, sugar cane, vegetables, coffee, tea, cotton, tobacco, citrus, subtropical and deciduous fruit.

A healthy industry within agriculture, creates jobs in Nelspruit.

Aviation Jobs in Nelspruit

Kruger Mpumalanga International Airport, located about 27 km north east of the city, began operations in October 2002. Scheduled flights operate to locations within South Africa and abroad (to Zambia, Zimbabwe and Mozambique). The R 360,000,000 complex has a 3.1 km (10,170.6 ft) runway which can accommodate aircraft up to the size of a Boeing 747. The airport currently handles about 250,000 passengers per annum.

Nelspruit Airport, located about 9 km from the city, is the city's original airport owned and operated by the municipality. It primarily handles general aviation aircraft, and several aircraft maintenance, firefighting, charter and training companies are based at the airport creating a variety of aviation jobs in Nelspruit.

Tourism Jobs in Nelspruit

The city is a major stopover point for tourists travelling to Kruger National Park and to Mozambique. The city is the nearest major South African city to Mozambique's capital, Maputo, and as such the city receives significant tourism from Mozambican locals.

Other tourism attractions nearby include Sudwala Caves, and God's Window in the Blyde River Canyon Nature Reserve, a lookout point which provides a panoramic view over the famous Drakensberg Escarpment.

Located next to the stunning 27,000 hectare Barberton Nature Reserve, 20 minutes from Nelspruit, is the Jane Goodall Institute South Africa Chimpanzee Sanctuary which serves as a safe haven for displaced African chimps.

The city is also home to the popular National Botanical Gardens, set in 165 hectares of land along the eastern bank of the Crocodile River and containing around 500 species of plant species indigenous to the area.

The city contains several entertainment venues, the most prominent being the Emotweni Casino complex. The city has a civic centre with a large theatre, which can be hired by both amateurs and professionals.

Mbombela has its own version of concert in the park with annual performances by musicians in the Lowveld National Botanical Gardens.

Media Jobs in Nelspruit

Finding jobs in communication, journalism and media are available as there are media institutions like, Lowveld Media, a major printer and publisher of newsprint materials in the region. Major newspapers include the Lowvelder, Mpumalanga News and Nelspruit Post. African Eye News Service (AENS) is an award-winning independent grassroots news agency based in Nelspruit.

Broadcasting Jobs in Nelspruit

The SABC has a regional office in the city. Jacaranda FM operates a studio near the Emnotweni Casino.

Ligwalagwala FM is the largest SABC-owned radio station in the city and the Mpumalanga Province. It is a public broadcaster which primarily broadcasts in the Swazi language.

RISE FM, originally named MPower which is an independent commercial radio station, broadcasting in English from studios in the city and up to eMalahleni in the province of Mpumalanga, and the Afrikaans local community radio station Radio Laeveld 100.5 FM broadcasts to the Lowveld area from the city.

Finance Jobs in Nelspruit

The city is the financial and banking capital of Mpumalanga province with all the traditional South African banks, and added are independent financial institutions like Atlas Finance, GDF Finance and Mpumalanga Finance Corporation, helping companies and farmers in the area in investment and financial decisions.

Retail Jobs in Nelspruit

The city has a strong consumer based retail industry boosted significantly by neighbouring Mozambican and Gauteng tourists. There are various major shopping centers, notably the Riverside and Ilanga malls. Recent developments include the Crossing Shopping Centre and the Grove Shopping Centre, each providing numerous varied shops which provide retail jobs in Nelspruit.

Manufacturing Jobs in Nelspruit

The city is home to the Manganese Metal Company, is the world’s only non-China based producer of high grade electrolytic manganese metal (EMM) (an important industrial metal, which is diffusely used in stainless steel, nonferrous alloys, electronics and specialty chemicals) and the world’s largest producer of 99.9% (selenium free) EMM.

There are several medium industries which support the agriculture and forestry sectors. There is also a thriving construction industry which, despite the 2008 recession, has kept growing and creating manufacturing jobs in Nelspruit.

Agriculture Jobs in Nelspruit

The city is a key agricultural processing hub for north eastern part of South Africa. The macadamia industry is centred within the city, with an annual production for the 2017/18 production year of 26,400 tons NIS (nut-in shell at 1.5% kernel moisture content).

Golden Macadamias has become the single largest processor of Macadamia nuts in the world. Along with other agricultural macadamia institutions, creating jobs agriculture jobs in Nelspruit.

There are many citrus farms and the canning, juicing of citrus fruit and other produce is a large business for the area. Fertile soils and the subtropical climate provide perfect conditions for the growing of citrus and tropical fruits, mainly mango, banana, avocado and papaya (pawpaw).

Sugar is also big business in the region. TSB, the producer of Selati sugar, is located a few kilometres east of the city. The low-lying area in the region is dotted with sugarcane farms. Established in 1965, TSB Sugar a wholly owned subsidiary of Remgro (Pty) Ltd, holds a significant position as one of South Africa’s top sugar manufacturers and providers. They play a crucial role in producing over 30% of the country's sugar supply.

Forestry Jobs in Nelspruit

The economy is heavily reliant on the forestry sector. SAPPI has a paper mill west of the city which was recently upgraded to produce cellulose fibers for various applications. The region has several timber-related industries such as lumber and saw mills as well as furniture, crate and carton manufacturing businesses.

What Activities are there to do in Nelspruit?

Several cultural and agricultural shows are hosted annually, including:

  • Innibos Laeveld Nasionale Kunstefees
  • Wegbreekfees
  • Lowveld Air Show
  • The Mpumalanga Show
  • The Lowveld Agri Show
  • The Nelspruit Motor Show
  • The Colour Run

There are numerous day trips in and around Nelspruit. Tour guides offer a multitude of exciting tours to the game reserves and stunning scenery in the area.

  • Blyde River Canyon
  • Kruger National Park
  • Sudwala Caves
  • Lowveld Botanical Gardens
  • Jane Goodall Chimpanzee Eden
  • Emnotweni Casino
  • Sudwala Dinosaur Park
  • Gods Window
  • Mac Mac Falls

A popular national and international destination for tourists, which keeps providing jobs in tourism.

The city features a humid subtropical climate with mild winters and hot summers. Summers are hot and somewhat humid complete with high precipitation. Winters in the city are dry, with relatively warm temperatures during the day and chilly temperatures at night.

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Where to Live in Nelspruit

Drum Rock

Set within the mountains with stunning views and wildlife, this suburb is becoming increasingly popular. A bit of the way out of Nelspruit but close enough to travel for work. It is also close to Riverside Mall and Kiaat Private Hospital. Boschrand Primary School an excellent school as is Penryn College. Within Drum Rock is Ridge Hill Estate, a popular address with spacious stands and settled in a secure environment.


A unique estate where there are plenty of large properties to create your own place to live. Close by is Tshwane University of Technology Mbombela campus, Mediclinic and schools. West Rock Villas and Sunset Villas are top notch estates in this peaceful location.

West Acres

A large family friendly suburb, close to the city centre. Being an older suburb, there are many amenities available.  Among them I’langa Mall and schools like Laerskool Laeveld, Lowveld High School and Hoerskool Bergvlam.

Nelspruit Central

An appealing area for students, young couples and working professionals, with the many amenities in the city centre, shopping, restaurants and a vibrant atmosphere.


A popular older suburb, the suburb is close to Westend Shopping Centre, Curro Scholl and Mediclinic. There is easy access to main roads and the city centre.


Steiltes is one of the newer suburbs, so you are closer to the outdoors. Hiking and birding are common in nearby Steiltes Nature Reserve.  The Lowveld Country Club is a popular place to visit with a great golf course.

Nelspruit Ext 11

This extension is also close to the Lowveld Country Club, a quiet suburb with large stands and beautiful gardens. Though well secluded, it is still close to major routes such as R40 and N4.

Nelspruit Ext 5

This is an upmarket suburb, a tasteful area for family friendly homes with large gardens and great security.

Frequently Asked Questions

How can I get a job in Nelspruit?

There are many job opportunities available for locals and foreigners in the beautiful area of Nelspruit. Many companies value diversity and actively seek national and international talent to contribute to their workforce.

Are Nelspruit Salaries Good Compared to the Rest of the Country?

Salaries are lower compared to the rest of the cities in South Africa, though the cost of living is much lower and the quality of life is much higher.  For example, rent prices in Nelspruit are 11% lower than in Johannesburg, though restaurant and food prices and not much lower, only 2.1% lower.

Rent prices are 44% lower than in Cape Town and restaurant prices are also not much lower at 3.6% lower, according to Numbeo.

What are the most in-demand skills in Nelspruit?

According to Businesstech, Senior Management and Middle / Department Management were the two fastest-growing jobs over the past 12 months.
  • Senior Management: +28%
  • Middle/Department Management: +21%

Industries that are popular in Nelspruit are tourism, hospitality, healthcare and IT.