Unlike when hundreds of thousands of whites who left South Africa following the ANC’s landslide election victory in 1994, whites South Africans as you will read, have more justifying reasons to leave South Africa. Do not get this twisted, their reasons for leaving is unrelated, and is not an equivalent to the “back to Africa” movement offering $1 million, a home and a car to every black American who wants to return to South Africa. Yes! According to a new Statistics SA report released, a total of 95,158 whites have left South Africa since 2011. But both movement are totally unrelated except when viewed from the perspective of seeking a better living or “greener pasture”.
According to the 2015 mid-year population estimates that “contains population estimates at national and provincial level dis-aggregated by age groups, which will be used to inform policy issues in the National Development Plan and provide a basis for planning and policy-making,” a total of 95,158 whites have left South Africa since 2011 whereas 1,067,937 Africans and 40,929 Asians migrated to South Africa within the same period.
Addressing media personnel in a media briefing held on Thursday, 23 July 2015 in Pretoria, Statistician-general Pali Lehohla opined that “It can be assumed and working from theory, migrants tend to go where there is employment and looking at the age structure of Gauteng, you can conclude reasonably well it’s because of the supposed job opportunities there, that migrants are coming in.”
Speaking on white migration, Lehohla related a trend among white children. He revealed that most of them after their final year of high school, go elsewhere to gain some experience. He further opined that they are able to do so because “they are better connected,” and equally stated; “there is migration of white people out for a number of reasons.”
Considering the 2015 mid-year population estimates, the reasons are not far-fetched. For instance, a lot of white engineers had reportedly found employment in Dubai. The United States, New Zealand and the United Kingdom were among the countries South African whites had migrated too.
Lehohla also disclosed that Gauteng happens to be the most preferred province for migration. People are leaving Gauteng but “they are largely out-weighed by those coming in. Gauteng, Western Cape, Mpumalanga and the North West are the provinces receiving quite a lot of population. Limpopo and the Eastern Cape experienced the largest outflow.”
Other details revealed are as under-listed:
- South Africa’s population is expected to hit 54,956,900 in 2015 with 80.5% (44,228,000) blacks/Africans, 8.3% (4,534,000) whites, 8.8% (4,832,900) coloreds and 2.5% (1,362,000) Indians/Asians.
- The immigration of Indians, Asians, and Africans to South Africa had increased since 2001;
- Between 2001 and 2010, 58,024 Indians and Asians came to South Africa with 23,355 of them intending to stay permanently;
- Just as 1,691,922 Africans arrived South Africa between 2001 and 2010 with 769,038 of them intending to make South Africa their homes.
- Irrespective of the fact that over 95,000 whites had left South Africa since 2011, white migration has however slowed.
- For between 1986 and 2000, 304,112 white South Africans left the country, and between 2001 and 2005, 133,782 whites emigrated, and dropped to 112,046 between 2006 and 2011.
- Thus implying 16,888 fewer white South Africans left the country between 2011 and 2015.
- Gauteng is the most populated province with (13,200,300 people) 24% of the population living there.
- KwaZulu-Natal follows with 19.9% (10,919,100 people), Eastern Cape comes next with 12.6%(6,916,200 people), followed by Western Cape with 11.6% (6,200,100 people), and Limpopo with 10.4% (5,726,800 of South Africa’s population).
- Also, Mpumalanga had 7.8% (4,283,900) of South Africa’s population, North West follows with 6.7% (3,707,000), and then Free State with 5.1% (2,817,900) of South Africa’s population.
- Northern Cape is the least populated province in South Africa with only 2.2% (1,185,600) of the country’s population.