For every one professional immigrating to South Africa, eight are emigrating… Black emigrants exceed the tally of white South Africans… Black South Africans are also voting with their feet…— Johannes Wessels, Director - The Enterprise Observatory of South Africa
BEE could be a bit more flexible. We have unbelievably high calibre ‘pale males’ who are dying to come back…— Angel Jones, CEO - Homecoming Revolution
Anecdotes abound of skilled South African of all races leaving South Africa in droves.
Whitfield asked them what the actual numbers say, and if there is a reason for concern.
Time and again, emigrants mention the same reasons for why they choose to leave and return home to South Africa, says Jones whose firm specialises in bringing back to the Continent skilled Africans plying their trades abroad.
The number one reason why skilled South Africans are leaving is career prospects, says Jones.
The main reason why people return is heartache; they long for friends and family.
Estimates of the number of South Africans who live abroad vary widely from a low of around 900 000 to a high of about 2.7 million.
Listen to the interviews in the audio below (and scroll down for more quotes from it).
High levels of crime… the cost of crime for business in South Africa is rated as the fifth highest in the world…— Johannes Wessels, Director - The Enterprise Observatory of South Africa
We’ve wasted 10 years…— Johannes Wessels, Director - The Enterprise Observatory of South Africa
…Still we see plenty of South Africans wanting to return home… They want to be with friends. They want the lifestyle. They want a sense of belonging…— Angel Jones, CEO - Homecoming Revolution
Our sluggish economy isn’t providing enough jobs…— Angel Jones, CEO - Homecoming Revolution
We don’t hide anything…— Angel Jones, CEO - Homecoming Revolution
About 400 000 skilled South Africans returned home between 2008 and 2013…— Angel Jones, CEO - Homecoming Revolution
I wouldn’t choose to live anywhere else! I lived in London for seven years and I wouldn’t choose to raise my kids anywhere else but here.— Angel Jones, CEO - Homecoming Revolution
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