Peter Bruce Columnist

As Eskom announced stage 4 (Four!) load shedding on Monday I could have sworn I heard a murmur of satisfaction buzz around the neat little middle class Johannesburg suburb I live in. There are about 1,100 houses in the suburb, about 5,000 people in all. I have lived in it for more than a decade. I have never seen more homes for sale. People are leaving the suburb and a good proportion of those are leaving the country forever. They’ve had enough of crime, municipal and state incompetence and corruption. Some are doctors. Doctors are at the sharp end of the wreckage of both apartheid and the lackadaisical and twisted efforts by the ANC to fix it. They see people in our new country die every day — shot in the chest, acid in the face, diabetic to the point of gangrene. Women and children take the brunt. Their places of work are often so filthy they fear for their own families when they come home. That murmur of satisfaction I heard on Monday was these people, the emigrants of tomorrow a...

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