Wednesday, 7 July 2010

Traitors return home.

Looks like a bunch of asshole , traitor expats are running home with their tail between their legs. lol.

Just kidding , glad to have you back boys. Now that you have seen some of the awful realities of how terrible life is in Europe we hope you act less liking raging dickwads this time around and appreciate what you have here in mzansi.

Johannesburg - Many South Africans seeking a land of milk and honey in the UK are finding misery and Marmite instead.

While the majority of the estimated 250 000 to 500 000 South Africans in the UK are expected to stick it out, many are returning to SA amid weak employment prospects, alarm over the effects of staggering public cuts and tax increases.

The new coalition government has asked state departments to prepare for spending cuts of up to 40% over four years (although 25% is more likely) in an effort to tackle the country's budget deficit (11% of gross domestic product, compared to 9.9% in the US and 7.3% in SA), the highest in the European Union.

But an estimated 1.2 million people may lose their jobs over the next five years as a result.

Youth unemployment is already at its highest level in 17 years. One in five 18-year-old youths are not in education or jobs, and claim state welfare payments.

The effect of the government's austerity measures will be felt across all age and income groups.

According to estimates of the UK's Higher Education Careers Service, the jobless rate among graduates could reach 20% in the next five years (unemployment for highly skilled professionals in SA is 1.4%, according to a recent survey).

Even for those who get to keep their jobs, tough times are ahead.

While some state functions, like the employer of Anton Böhmer, a South African who works for the National Health Service, have been ring-fenced from cuts, he is facing a salary freeze for the foreseeable future.

"It is not getting better," says Böhmer, who plans to return to SA.

On top of that, tax changes will take their toll.

While the corporate tax rate has been cut, VAT will rise from 17.5% to 20%, the national insurance levy has been hiked and government has scaled back personal tax allowances and child tax credits. Capital gains tax has been increased to 28% for the higher income groups.

The budget cuts are expected to shrink the economy by 6% over the next three years, hurting an already faltering UK economic recovery and weak job market.

Rebecca Davis of the SA Business Club in London says members have particularly noticed a disillusionment with the labour situation among South Africans in the UK.

"At the SA Business Club we've observed over the past year a definite trend of reverse migration.

"Disenchantment with unemployment, or with poorer employment prospects than imagined, in combination with positive reports about the 2010 FIFA World Cup from South Africa and a feeling that it's generally a good place to live right now, are definitely motivating this move."

According to a recent Adcorp survey, about 39 000 South African job-seekers returned from foreign countries over the past year. This figure is expected to rise to 120 000 as foreign work contracts expire.

Mike Jackson, CEO of PPS, says his company - which offers financial services products to graduate professional - has seen trends among its members that indicate they are considering returning home.

"We have seen an increased interest from our overseas members to maintain and upgrade their benefits, which can be a good indicator that they intend returning to South Africa.

"Also encouraging is the fact that we have seen a noticeable decrease in the number of our members cancelling their policies due to emigration," says Jackson. "This suggests that many South African graduate professionals are not only more optimistic about the future in South Africa but are also seeing improved career prospects here as well."

But one SA-born investment banker in the City, London's financial centre, says the increase in capital gains tax is making some South Africans hesitant to sell up and move back to SA.

Many South Africans would kill for UK problems

He thinks the crisis will affect South Africans living outside London more. "London is a country on its own."

Also, many South Africans would kill for the UK's problems.

Schools remain free and healthcare too, says Adri Kotzé, a freelance writer and mother of two. State benefits remain lavish to South African eyes, with some unemployed couples able to fund overseas holidays for their families on "job-seeker" allowances and child benefits.

Kotzé plans to stay on in the UK.

"We arrived in the midst of the financial crisis – if we can survive that, we'll survive (Chancellor of the Exchequer) George (Osborne), the Axeman."

A thirty-something South African living in London, Maia Suhr, says she also plans to remain in the UK and – apart from VAT – the austerity measures won't affect her.

"The main reasons I won't go back to SA are security concerns and the fact that I can travel easily from here."

For those who are thinking of returning, there are a number of considerations.

The local labour market, particularly in financial services, may be tougher than they expect.

Some expats who fled the banking implosion in London during the financial crisis have struggled to find a job, Craig Thompson, SA director of international recruitment agency Michael Page, recently told Fin24.com.

South African expatriates also need to ascertain whether their life and healthcare benefits are still applicable, says Jackson.

"Insurance cover can vary substantially between countries and it is important to bear in mind that switching providers typically involves waiting periods on new medical insurance, critical illness and disability policies as well as pre-existing condition exclusions, which may apply to some insurance policies and medical insurance.

"It is important for anyone who is considering returning home to engage with a qualified financial adviser, who will be familiar with all the challenges entailed with helping someone returning from overseas and how best to structure the various policies and benefits," says Jackson.

- Fin24.com

20 comments:

Anonymous said...

LOL rooster, you only get 5 hits a day on you stupid blog.

Bwhahahahahahhahahahahah!

Viking said...

Wait. Migrants are "traitors" and "assholes"?

Do you feel that way about migrants who come TO South Africa or just those who leave?

The Rooster said...

LOL rooster, you only get 5 hits a day on you stupid blog.

Bwhahahahahahhahahahahah!

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More like 50-100, but yes way down on the thousands it used to get. Of course that's due to the fact I never update and stopped writing my own brilliant articles. I suppose I just really am quite apathetic about the whole issue of how South Africa is percieved thesedays due to I feel having entirely won the debate. The expat racists have lose the battle of the hearts and minds of the rest of the world. You can see they have given up trying to pretend their hatred is anything to do with the new South Africa. Sites like boerboel1.worpress.com just go on about blacks being monkeys and savages and don't even try link their statements to anything related to the new South Africa (which is rather an inconvenient counter productive example of a functioning black run country to them now.)So I suppose what was once a hard thing, became extremely easy and most white South Africans are sitting on my side of the fence now and the negative afro peccimists are a dying breed.

The Rooster said...

Wait. Migrants are "traitors" and "assholes"?

Do you feel that way about migrants who come TO South Africa or just those who leave

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Neither. If you hate South Africa and wish it to fail and are an expat(or not) you're a traitor. End of story.

Anonymous said...

Well, the article does clearly state that the majority of Saffers are staying put. Even with the cuts in social spending, free healthcare and an education system that works are benefits not to be sneezed at. Neither is a functioning public transport system. Johannesburg is the third worst city in the world to commute in, so who wants to come back to that. I can't imagine anyone wanting to swop London for Joburg.

Anonymous said...

Well, the article does clearly state that the majority of Saffers are staying put. Even with the cuts in social spending, free healthcare and an education system that works are benefits not to be sneezed at. Neither is a functioning public transport system. Johannesburg is the third worst city in the world to commute in, so who wants to come back to that. I can't imagine anyone wanting to swop London for Joburg.

Anonymous said...

Traitors are the ones that stayed here and judged the migrants for seeking employment elsewere cause their own Government denied them jobs due to skin colour and geographical correctness!!!!

Wake up or SHUT up Whitey

The Rooster said...

Dude you can't say things like "JHB has the third worse traffic" in the world and be expected to be taken seriously as a human being. JHB is a dorpie with extremely mild traffic compared to just about anywhere in the world. A day in bangkok , Jacarta, seoul etc will cure you of such silly notions like "JHB traffic is bad."

The Rooster said...

Traitors are the ones that stayed here and judged the migrants for seeking employment elsewere cause their own Government denied them jobs due to skin colour and geographical correctness!!!!

Wake up or SHUT up Whitey

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If you can't find a job in South Africa as a white person you're obviously very stupid, unskilled and uneducated. After all we have a so called "skills shortage" and "brain drain".How the hell do you expect to find decent employment in the U.K in that case where there is no so called skilled shortage and you're a foreigner ?

Go pour people their beer and kindly shut up whitey.

Anonymous said...

Johannesburg is not such a "dorpie".

http://www.wheels24.co.za/News/General_News/Joburg-3rd-worst-for-commuters-20100630-2

Joburg 3rd worst for commuters
2010-06-30 10:29

Johannesburg - South Africa's economic powerhouse is the third worst city in the world to commute in, a global survey which measures the emotional and economic cost of congestion has found.

The survey - the IBM Commuter Pain Index - found the only cities worse than Johannesburg in this regard are Mexico City and Beijing.

IBM surveyed 8 192 motorists in 20 cities on five continents, the majority of whom say that traffic has gotten worse in the past three years.

Key findings of the study show that 57% of all respondents say that roadway traffic has negatively affected their health.

The Index reveals a tremendous disparity in the pain of the daily commute from city to city.

Developing cities

For example 96% in New Delhi and 95% in Beijing say that roadway traffic has negatively affected their health.

In Sweden the corresponding ratio is much lower, with only 14% of Stockholm drivers surveyed saying that traffic negatively affected their health, work and school performance.

In fact Stockholm had the least painful commute of the cities studied, followed by Melbourne, Houston and New York City.

Anonymous said...

Johannesburg is not such a "dorpie".

http://www.wheels24.co.za/News/General_News/Joburg-3rd-worst-for-commuters-20100630-2

Joburg 3rd worst for commuters
2010-06-30 10:29

Johannesburg - South Africa's economic powerhouse is the third worst city in the world to commute in, a global survey which measures the emotional and economic cost of congestion has found.

The survey - the IBM Commuter Pain Index - found the only cities worse than Johannesburg in this regard are Mexico City and Beijing.

IBM surveyed 8 192 motorists in 20 cities on five continents, the majority of whom say that traffic has gotten worse in the past three years.

Key findings of the study show that 57% of all respondents say that roadway traffic has negatively affected their health.

The Index reveals a tremendous disparity in the pain of the daily commute from city to city.

Developing cities

For example 96% in New Delhi and 95% in Beijing say that roadway traffic has negatively affected their health.

In Sweden the corresponding ratio is much lower, with only 14% of Stockholm drivers surveyed saying that traffic negatively affected their health, work and school performance.

In fact Stockholm had the least painful commute of the cities studied, followed by Melbourne, Houston and New York City.

Anonymous said...

Not true, Rooster, that if you have a sought after education and work experience that you will get a job as a white person. There are thousands of job vacancies in both the public and private sectors that are standing empty because affirmative action candidates can't be found. I can give you screeds and screeds of evidence for this. You have to admit, that sucks. Those whites returning from the UK are going to battle to find jobs here, even with qualifications and experience. That's why most of the expats in London are staying put.

Also: it's not treason to work somewhere else if you can't find work in your country of origin, it's about survival.

Anonymous said...

Hey Rooster,

What do you have to say about the cluster-fuck in Durban on Wednesday night? I'm sure you'll have some lame excuse for it. Un-African to ask the planes to move? WTF is UnAfrican???? Something that works properly is certainly UnAfrican.

Anonymous said...

You write a bunch of kak. Didn't Whitey teach you anything? Oops, sorry, I guess you were to busy burning down the free schools you weren't paying for...

The Rooster said...

Lol at your "survey".

People in JHb might think their traffic is bad, but that's probably because they've never been anywhere else. Your sirvey suggest JHB is worse than bangkok which frankly, having lived there for many years, is a fucking joke. The best traffic you will ever find in bangkok is 10 times worse than the worst traffic you will ever experience in quaint little quiet JHB.

The Rooster said...

Hey Rooster,

What do you have to say about the cluster-fuck in Durban on Wednesday night? I'm sure you'll have some lame excuse for it. Un-African to ask the planes to move? WTF is UnAfrican???? Something that works properly is certainly UnAfrican.

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All I have to say is a gross majority of air traffic controllers = whites. You people are really clutching at straws here. As someone who travells a lot delays at airports is a shitty but real part of life and the sky certainly isn't falling because they happen here too.

The Rooster said...

You write a bunch of kak. Didn't Whitey teach you anything? Oops, sorry, I guess you were to busy burning down the free schools you weren't paying for...

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I went to a private school that was anything but free.

The Rooster said...

Anonymous said...
Not true, Rooster, that if you have a sought after education and work experience that you will get a job as a white person. There are thousands of job vacancies in both the public and private sectors that are standing empty because affirmative action candidates can't be found. I can give you screeds and screeds of evidence for this. You have to admit, that sucks. Those whites returning from the UK are going to battle to find jobs here, even with qualifications and experience. That's why most of the expats in London are staying put.

Also: it's not treason to work somewhere else if you can't find work in your country of origin, it's about survival.


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Plain utter kak. There's a skill shortage in the country and if you have any skills or qulifications you will easily get a job here. If you have some evidence to the contrary please provide it.

You fucking expats are so fucking out of touch with reality.

Viking said...

"There's a skill shortage in the country and if you have any skills or qulifications you will easily get a job here. If you have some evidence to the contrary please provide it. "

Sure-

I spend six months trying to get a work permit for my job in Cape Town. Home Affairs didn't seem interested. No local person was qualified or experienced, and the company needed me, plus two more of me. They still do, in fact. The job was open, I was available, and HA did not see fit to process my application.
Now I hear that all work permit applications in South Africa are taking an indefinite period of time to process - estimated 3-4 months - up from 4-6 weeks last year (although it fluctuates a lot).

Anonymous said...

"Sites like boerboel1.worpress.com just go on about blacks being monkeys and savages and don't even try link their statements to anything related to the new South Africa"

But they are going strong with hundreds or thousands of hits a day and your blog is getting 5 or 10 a day and you have not posted anything for over a month???? LOL
Sorry, perhaps I'm being insensitive, maybe you are sick or retrenched? Depressed perhaps?