There’s no such thing as an ex-South African

South African FlagBy Alec Hogg

This has already been a most eventful visit to the UK. Being able to observe, close up, the way many South Africans have conquered their new environs is a source of both pride and sadness.

The pride comes from a conclusion that highly adaptable fellows from the southern tip of Africa have what it takes to summit in the competitive First World. Sadness, because no developing country can afford to export such talent. Least of all one facing South Africa’s challenges.

One of the things that will never leave, though, is the way our countrymen stick together in foreign climes. Even those who have consciously integrated into British society delight in shouting for the Springboks or speaking Afrikaans when visiting with those from the Old Country.

There really is no such thing as an ex-South African.

From Biznews community member Hedley Street

Your observation that once an African, always an African is a wonderful anecdote and so very true in most cases. However, if you attach an article by an ex-South African, now living in Australia, on the Rand and Fitch I believe that it should come with a Surgeon General’s warning.

Perhaps his portents may prove to be true but at least get the Zimbabwe time-line correct. And what exactly happened in Mozambique 5 years before 1994 when the ANC “Communists” took over.

Gratuitous claptrap not worth of inclusion in your normally well-targeted blog.

Rather like English beer:- Bitter Lukewarm and Flat but happily not here.

From Biznews community member Mo Haarhoff

Almost like satire against the backdrop of the news that they intend to take away the SA citizenship of those who have dual status.

Was it intentional or coincidental?

Enjoy your time in my country of birth. You know, the one which would never deny me my citizenship…

From Biznews community member George Bertram

The saddest part of it all with the productive folk leaving, is that with them goes the potential income taxes that could have been used to improve the otherwise beautiful country and its people.

It is highly unlikely that any of our children will be returning to ZA other than the odd visit to Ouma & Oupa (yip, that terminology is well and alive between them).

We were back in ZA during Feb 2014 – which was enjoyable, but it was good to be back in Ireland with its relative non-existent crime rate, relative non-existent road fatalities, working public transportation system, etc. etc. etc. and not to mention, income producing jobs (for those who want to work) – regardless of gender, skin colour, age, and all of those other limiting factors that we and our children all have experienced in ZA before leaving at the end of 2009.


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