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newsBusinessTech writes that for years, poor governance and policy changes in SA have pushed skilled professionals into seeking greener pastures overseas.  

While this has mostly been associated with whites, more recent findings show that black professionals are now more likely to jump ship.  Johannes Wessels, director of entrepreneurial non-profit at the Enterprise Observatory of SA (EOSA), has highlighted some alarming findings in the Department of Home Affairs’ 2017 white paper on emigration.  For every professional immigrating to SA, eight professionals are emigrating, the researchers found.  While a large number of white professionals were making the jump, in recent years the annual number of black professionals leaving SA exceeded the tally of professional white emigrants.  According to Wessels, taking the findings of the white paper into consideration, it can conservatively be calculated that at least 400,000 professionals have left SA.  White South Africans are more likely to leave due to various “push” factors – like fear of change and lack of opportunities open to professionals due to BEE and other government policies.  But, highly skilled blacks now outnumber their white counterparts, bound in solidarity by a deep non-racial ‘gatvolheid’ in the slide into corruption, lawlessness, dismal public services and the undermining of property rights.”

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