A large number of people enter South Africa on a daily basis due to the country’s dilapidated borders.

But the number of SA emigration goes higher than those that enter the country.

The government has devised means to limit the outflow of citizens to other countries.

Department of Home Affairs said that government is already working towards limiting the SA emigration by tracking the number of South Africans leaving the country for more than three months.

The cabinet has approved a piece of legislation that would allow the Home Affairs department to put a track and limit South African citizens planning to leave the country for more than three months.

Though not passed into law yet- the department’s White Paper on international migration would be used as a means of keeping tabs on citizens outside the country and to try to limit the number of people seeking to leave.


The open border policy has long been parts of the agenda of the African Union yet to be implemented as it’s expected to allow Africans to cross to countries of their choice within the continent.

The African Union’s Agenda 2063, championed by former AU Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, calls for the scrapping of visa requirements for all African citizens travelling on the continent by 2018 based on the views of the African renaissance.

There have been reports of a high SA emigration to countries like the UK and Australia and according to statistics, the mass exodus got to its peak during Zuma’s administration than in previous governments.

In the papers approved by the cabinet, SA emigration has been increasing by about 9% year-on-year, with more and more black professionals looking to leave.

Statistics South Africa’s 2016 Community Survey earlier shows that countries like Australia have absorbed much of South Africa’s talents followed closely by the United Kingdom and the USA.

The other two big push factors for South Africans leaving are the uncertain political climate and the persistently high crime rates. Both are unfortunate realities in the Republic and many citizens have decided to up sticks to escape these problems,” Dunn said.

The white paper is, however, reported to be the first ever of its kind aimed at limiting SA emigration to other countries