S.A.S and the likes will often quote the entirely false figure that as many as 1 million South Africans have emigrated since 1994. From wikipedia :
As of July 2008, there were 5,265,300 Whites and over 1,500,000 White households residing in South Africa. The White population density is 4/km². The density of White households is 1.16/km². Whites make up 11% of the total population.
Since 1994, several hundred thousand white South Africans have emigrated abroad. This figure is often erroneously quoted as being over one million, but in fact the total population of South Africans living outside of the country is less than a half million (this false information is possibly based on the fact that almost one million white South Africans have moved to another country during the period of 1994-2005, but the majority have returned to South Africa and not permanently settled in the foreign country). Similarly, it is often quoted that there are a half a million white South Africans in London, when in fact there are less than 150 000 in the whole of the UK. There are in fact more British Citizens resident in South Africa (212 000, according to the BBC's 2006 report) than there are South Africans in the United Kingdom.
Now given that a worst case scenario of 500 000 white South Africans emigrating would still be a high number (1 in 10?). Let's remember the gross majority of these people left in the 1990's fearing some kind of white genocide (the muppets at S.A.S still go on about it).
Also let's remember that not all these people are whites, or are leaving because they think the country is bad. It's natural for people to seek opportunities and if you're a professional and can make so much more money elsewhere, then why not ? A great proportion of these people intend to return but naturalize with their new countries due to marrying foreign spouses or for visa reasons. Not to mention that South African professional are heavily head hunted (and all credit to them) due to being seen as hard working and enterprising. To put things in context World wide 750 million people migrate every year for various reasons. Why should some small scale migration (and yes , South Africa receives increasingly less people wanting to leave) not be expected in an African country ?
Now of course there is a lot of unnecessary hype about crime and such nonsense that caused a few people to do the "chicken run". A tiny proportion were affected by real crime and certainly we can't fault them for their perceptions and rejection of South Africa against the over hyped sensationalism in the media. I wish them all the best in their new homes.
But I can't help in delight at the type of South African expat who didn't have a legit reason to leave other than having a hair trigger fight or flight reflex. I can see them now in their so called greener pastures dreaming of the good old days in South Africa. Trawling the net trying to assure everyone that the good days are now over and everyone in South Africa is now unhappy. I've got news for you. The good days are still here and better than ever. Our standard of living is extremely high, our economy is booming, crime and aids are on the decrease, our youth are without silly prejudices and we're having a blast. Truly we are having the last laugh.
Silly S.A.S talks about a "mass exodus". So how many South Africans have left the country last year with no intention of returning (of all races)? There are no official stats since 2005. Statistics South Africa stopped collecting specific data on emigration in 2005, so the last statistics available indicated that 642 self-declared emigrants filled in departure forms at the three international airports in 2004. The official stats are extremely low, and the real number of people who emigrated on dual passports or go to work and never return are surely much higher. Some suggest as many as 200 000 South Africans of various races have left the country in the past 3 years, however the great majority historically will return when they realize the grass is not greener , or they have met their savings goals etc. That 200 000 is just an estimate and probably highly inflated. Whatever the case , I really don't know how this can be called "mass exodus". Let's look at Britain for example.
How many British people alone moved to South Africa permanently in 2008 ?
According to wikipedia.
In recent years there have been high numbers of British expats relocating to South Africa. Among the British expat population, South Africa ranks as the 6th most popular destination and is ranked as the top destination amongst British retirees and pensioners.
By 2005, an estimated 212 000 British citizens were residing in South Africa. Since 2003, the numbers of British expats coming to South Africa has risen by 50%. An estimated 20 000 British expats moved to South Africa in 2007. The reasons cited by many expats are South Africa's family values, the weather and a better quality of life.
That's not to mention all the emigrants from other European countries, The States , Australasia etc. In fact one could very easily see from these stats that in fact if anything the White population in South Africa has grown since 1994.
So have some white South Africans emigrated ? Of course. People emigrate and move all the time. Is this evidence to support the fact that South Africa has "gone to hell" ?
Not even close. The emigration figures of White South African are nominal to low. Compare them to Britain...200 000 British people a year emigrate to live in other countries. By that logic the number 1 place white South Africans are emigrating to is more of a "hell" than South Africa.
Mass exodus my ass. There is no validity to the claim that there is mass white South African Emigration. Sadly.