Working on the “dark side” of development, ie, the Open Source side has many distinct advantages, but it is becoming more and more apparent that there is a major skills shortage in South Africa. In all the businesses I have worked with, one of the recurring problems is finding good open source versed developers and unix skilled system administrators.
The problem as I see it is many of the Universities, Technikons and private learning institutions are still focused on teaching ASP, Visual Basic, Windows Servers, and so on, and the market is becoming more and more saturated with these skills. Where as on the other side of the spectrum there are gaping holes for competent staff.
With that said, if you are one of the few highly skilled PHP/MySQL (don’t be modest now!) developers, please get in touch with me, with your CV and/or some code you have written, so I can point you to some companies who desperately need your skills and are willing to pay for them! Specifically in Cape Town, South Africa!