I think , I may have just found out ...
...why not many , many more , exiled SAffers and others , do not return to live there ( in RSA , ek se ! ) ;
THE HEALTHCARE COSTS !!!
- have you looked at the tariffs of Discovery , Momentum , Sizwe etc , of lately ?
- or at the penalties imposed on those who are joining late in life , re-joining after some years , never before been a member ...???
- or at own participation involved , case by case , for treatments and medicaments , even after paying the membership fees ?
Many years ago , I was The Fool who advocated that South Africa , with
( then ) reasonable property prices and affordable medicine and nursing , should become the retirement heaven for the many who can afford such luxuries , north-EUropeans and others ;
how wrong was I ?
Western Cape , nowadays : just has to be among the most overpriced patches of our planet Earth ;
and joining that kind of healthcare , with many of the procedure-costs well-above EUro-ones ?
Nice'n'cheerful , as many places in RSA can be on a good day , no wonder then , that the migration from EUrope to those parts has just about become a trickle , if not a complete non-starter ?
All the above : completely aside the tax issues ( once living in RSA ) , which , as I get assured daily , are not anymore a laughing matter ?