Extra taxes for National Health Insurance (NHI), the strong possibility of having part of your pension forced into failing state-owned enterprises like Eskom, and the JSE’s nonexistent dollar returns over 15 years are powerful catalysts for emigration — but what if you can’t leave?

The high financial and emotional costs make the reality of emigrating much harder when people start to run the numbers. Many people are also loath to abandon their homeland, and instead adopt a "come what may" approach.

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