Emigrate informally, and youre restricted to allowances
designed for holidaying overseas in the 1980s, which limits
then render you virtually bankrupt within days of your arrival in
a foreign country, while youre also forced into lying by marking
x in the holiday block of your immigration departure card,
knowing full well that youre not intending to return.
Nonetheless, we are told that South African expats are reportedly
so successful in their new countries that they hold such high positions
which allow them to influence the Rand - but are somehow simultaneously
so unhappy that they are doing so in the negative by badmouthing
South Africa to justify their foreign residences.
Such is the desperation of the commission to pin blame on anyone
but the government for the demise of the Rand that they conveniently
excluded the obvious in that no professional expat, both
wanting and needing to be taken seriously in a foreign country, could
afford to give anything but a balanced and objective assessment of
his or her country.
How much savvy does it take too to work out that by virtue of being
professional - and hence a high-earner - the probability
is that this class of expat still holds significant assets in South
Africa and as such any badmouthing would be tantamount
to shooting yourself in the foot. The vast majority of us also still
have family and friends living in South Africa, many of them ageing,
who are increasingly straining under the weight of the spiralling
costs of living due, in part, to the negative influence the falling
Rand is bringing to bear on their incomes. Sadistic lot we must therefore
be to set ourselves up relatively comfortably elsewhere and then intentionally
set out to sabotage the pockets of our nearest and dearest!
Little credit has also apparently been given to the intelligence
of foreign investors since what person with the kind of money South
Africa is trying to attract would consult, listen to, or take as advice,
the emotional ramblings of an evidently unhappy, or even mildly embittered,
expat - no matter how professional their credentials were?
By the same token, what serious investor would base their investment
decisions entirely on what expats - only - have to say, while a host
of foreign government funded web-based travel advisories on South
Africa make the utterings of the most acid mouthed of expats look
And, while were told what a credit South Africas
expat dinosaur chicks are, what serious investor would
pay heed to the excited babblings of bright-eyed youngsters fired
up by youthful enthusiasm - intent on achieving a degree and returning
to South Africa today, but hooking up with a group of happy-camping,
carefree, youths planning to tour the world tomorrow?