Key Points:

  • South Africa is in debate about opening its boundaries to skilled foreigners to achieve the economic growth that the country needs.
  • Official statistics for the availability of skills in South Africa are not reliable, but it is commonly accepted that South Africa is losing skilled people at a rapid rate.
  • The final product of the policy-making process on immigration must take into account the policies of welfare, health, education, foreign affairs, labour and housing.
  • With an unavailability of human resources to provide the experienced, technical, skilled, professional and managerial requirements to build a winning South Africa and help fellow African countries, South Africa’s immigration policy will have to give attention to skilled immigrants.
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