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Expat: Africa is in my blood, but...

Jul 18 2013 15:25
Cape Town - "Africa is in my blood. I would love to come home..."

This was the response of South African Liezl Hesketh in reaction to an article on Fin24 about expats who are considering returning home, but are hesitating to do so for various reasons.

A report by African Business Link to Experts (Sable) Accelerator found that although these expats have a wealth of information and skills which could be applied in South Africa, many still don't think South Africa is "open" to those who are considering a return.

"There are standouts in many fields of endeavour who are willing and eager to give back to the country. They just need to be invited, engaged and recognised through a formal process of interaction,” said Donovan Neale-May, managing partner of the Sable Accelerator and chairperson of the Rhodes University Trust USA.
Sable Accelerator, is a Silicon Valley-based global group of South African expats who advance commercial innovation and exchange for their home country.

Hesketh is a professional and entrepreneur who has been living in the UK since 1999.

In six months' time she is returning to South Africa to select a local supplier to build a new web application she hopes to roll out internationally.

She also wants to see if her British husband - a business analyst - could adapt to life in South Africa.

She writes:
"We both have a wealth of information and skills, which could be applied in South Africa, but I still don't think South Africa is welcoming to those who are considering a return.

"There are many like us.

"We are still daunted by BEE, affirmative action and corruption. We want to be given the opportunity to make a living (using) our skills, which would be marketable anywhere else in the world."

- Fin24

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