William Saunderson-Meyer
3 minute read
27 Feb 2021
5:50 am

South Africa’s skills list is critically ill

William Saunderson-Meyer

SA’s problem is not only the existing knowledge deficit, but a growing future one.

South African flags at Fountains Circle, Pretoria. Picture: Jacques Nelles

Last week, the government issued its critical skills list. This is the basis on which we will condescend to allow the world’s brightest, most skilled and most talented people to seek a new life on our shores. The list, delivered by the department of home affairs after two painful years of intellectual constipation, is a sad waste of time. The last thing in the world that this government wants is clever, capable people. Especially not foreigners, who might show us up. Highly competent foreigners are not embraced. Instead, they’re perceived as an existential threat to a workforce that is steadily...