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.
"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."
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