- More skilled South Africans are leaving the country and settling in other countries
- For every skilled person that comes to South Africa, eight professional South Africans leave
- According to statistics, SA has lost 7% of its skilled professionals between 1990 and 2003 alone
South Africans have been complaining for years that skilled professionals are leaving the country, and it seems that they're right.
A report by BusinessTech indicates that 8 professional South Africans emigrate overseas for every 1 professional moving here.
According to the report, it is years of poor governance and policy changes that are to blame for this sad statistic.
And this statistic is not limited to white professionals, as many believe. Black skilled people are also leaving the country for better futures.
According to Johannes Wessels, the director of The Enterprise Observatory of South Africa, a non-profit enterprise, these findings were made in the Department of Home Affairs’ 2017 white paper on emigration.
Briefly.co.za gathered that between 1990 and 2003, 1 in 4 mostly white emigrants had professional qualifications.
South Africa lost about 7% of its professionals.
Wessels says about 400 000 skilled professionals have left SA.
This contributes to the shrinking percentage of high income households, as well as removing people in high personal tax brackets as contributors to SARS.
South Africans are leaving the country because they fear what will happen to them in the country and aren't convinced they can have a safe future here.
Wessels feels that the government needs to act. He feels there should be interventions implemented to put a halt on the loss of skills through emigration as well as bring skills into the country.
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