South African businesses now have to have at least 60% of their staff being South Africans or permanent residents.
Work visas for foreign nationals seeking employment are still being issued, but the Department of Trade and Industry is determined to ensure jobs go to South African citizens first.
Reaction to the new criteria has been critical, with many businesses saying this kind or regulation strangles the economy.
Take a listen to Kieno Kammies talking to Mamokgethi Molopyane, labour analyst:
This article first appeared on CapeTalk : SA businesses to employ 60 % SA staff, says Gigaba