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12 July 2011 at 20:23 - Posted by Anonymous

Not that many want to come back


My family and I moved to Canada just over two years ago and have never looked back since. While the Home Coming Revolution say there is an increase of the people wanting to return we are certainly not amongst them and would immigrate somewhere else (even within Africa) before returning to South Africa.

Looking at the site itself only one side of the picture is painted, it is certainly not balanced and as a result find it to be propagandist. Bridget Britten-Kelly stated in a News24 story that blogs on the site increase by 137% but provides no figures. There is no indication of why people want to return, what percentage of people wanting to return actually do, what is number of people who immigrated verse the number of people returning and how many people leave the country or are planning to leave the country each year. She also does not state how many people who have returned actually re-immigrate or are unhappy with this decision to return. It really sounds like some neo-liberal organisation.

We have not involved ourselves in the South African community here at all; but we come across South Africans almost every day, it is honestly unavoidable in a city like Vancouver. We have not met any that want to go back and there seem to more and more arriving all the time.

Anyone can make it

My wife had found a new career and is enjoying it; I will soon be starting on a Canadian qualification at a top institute, which will lead to new and better career prospects. My son enjoys school and has an abundance of future opportunities available to him; including the opportunity to study at the best universities in the world where entrance is based purely on GPA. By this time next year we will own property in one of the hottest property markets in the world. It does take time settle in and moving half way across the world comes with a set of challenges, but by making the most of your move you can do it quite quickly.

We are not wealthy or particularly well qualified, just your average people; so if we can do it then so can anyone else. In fact we were in the middle to high income bracket in South Africa, here we are in the middle income bracket and are still able to save far more than we did in South Africa.

The sense of freedom one feels living in a country like Canada cannot be explained, it is something that has to be experienced. After living here now for over two years we could not be happier and have decided never to return and will be proud citizens this time next year.

Crime is not the only factor

In South Africa, like most people, our family was a victim of crime. We enjoy living in a society is pretty safe and we never feel threatened by crime. However that is simply one reason for us not to return. The fact that Canada is stable and economically sound also makes a big difference. A major stress reliever is that everything runs as it should and government departments provide the high level of service that my tax money pays them to do.

It is difficult to predict what one’s life will be like ten or twenty years from now, but this is what you have to consider when deciding to immigrate anywhere or return to your home country. Looking at what is happening in South Africa there are certainly new concerns and for the sake of our future and our children we will take our chances here. These are additional reasons for us not wanting to return.

One man can be dangerous

Crime is still a consideration, however a much greater concern should be not be Julius Malema’s comments but the rising support of the policies touted by him within the ANC and its alliance partners. Yes, he is part of the larger ANC organisation and is confined by the constitution but his racial slurs are not criticised by the party leadership, nor are his attacks on the West. Of greater concern is his push for nationalisation is gaining momentum. The current ANC leadership appears too weak and does not seem to be able to handle him. This proves that he is becoming increasingly powerful and influential within the organisation making a serious potential candidate for its leadership.

One man can make a difference; look at Mugabe, Hitler, Stalin, Pol Pot and Idi Amin. In fact Hitler promoted Pan-Germanism while Malema is promoting Pan-Africanism. The thing to remember is these leaders certainly did not allow little things like constitutions to get in their way. If the ANC does go ahead and changes the constitution to legally allow the appropriation of land, mines and banks by the government then what is stopping them from making other self-serving changes such as extending the presidential term indefinitely.

Inefficiency does not create employment. One does not have to be an economics professor to understand that inefficiency leads to greater unemployment in the long the run. The ANC has not been successful in running the public organisations it is mandated to do. High crime, falling education standards, unemployment, no service delivery, corruption, unqualified financial reports of municipalities and inefficient government service is the order of the day.

There is no sign that it is improving in any way, in fact things are regressing. It appears that the government’s attitude is that it could be worse rather than let’s make it better. There is not a sense of “Let’s be all we can be”. Now if nationalisation goes ahead (there is a strong possibility it may) this style of management is going to be brought into organisations that are currently run by educated and experienced professionals. This does not paint a good picture for the future of those organisations, the unemployed or South Africa.

The right type of FDI is needed

Recently Wall Mart took over Massmart and some have seen that as countries wanting to invest in South Africa. Massmart is a drop in the ocean for Wall Mart and honestly all they are doing is taking over existing infrastructure. The type of investment South Africa needs to attract for it to be beneficial is one where new factories and technology is brought into the country and this is simply not happening. New companies wanting to invest into South Africa are put off by governments who want to start a process of nationalisation and this will result in a decline in foreign direct investment into the country. Why should they invest in South Africa when they can freely invest in many other countries in the world, especially those that have a cheaper and more efficient labour force?

The Youth League leaders, wearing Armani suits, drinking Johnnie Walker and driving German luxury vehicles, promotes nationalisation as cure for unemployment. It obvious this is more in self interest rather than to uplift the poor and youth. If they were interested in the youth they would be promoting a solid education system, entrepreneurial skills within the youth, labour efficiency and an open market which encourages business and investment. This will allow South Africa to compete with the rest of the world and is really the only cure for unemployment. Even communist countries such as China understand this principle.

Stability is good

South Africa is a democracy, no doubt. However the difference between living in Canada and South Africa is that non-performing governments get voted out of power and so are forced to perform.

Are things getting better in South Africa? Are any of the countries underlying problems being addressed? The answer seems to be no for both of these. Prices have increased dramatically, even our better off family members are finding increasingly difficult financially. Unemployment is unacceptably high, crime is not getting any better and the education system does not have the ability to provide the country with a decently skilled work force.

Then one has to ask, will it be any better ten or twenty years from now when our children need to find jobs? I think it will be very unlikely that it is unless the country gets a leader who is strong and places the wellbeing of the country over his own interests in the most passionate way. On the other end of the scale the likely hood of Canada or Australia still being stable in ten to twenty years from is pretty good. They have been stable democracies for many years and will continue to be.

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