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Load Shedding's Role in Rising Emigration Numbers

Amidst the flickering lights and darkness brought on by load shedding, an unsettling trend is emerging in South Africa. Not only are citizens grappling with the frustrations of an unreliable power supply, but it appears that Eskom's failures are also driving people to pack their bags and seek greener pastures abroad. Experts in the property sector have noticed a steady increase in emigration numbers, with load shedding being identified as a significant contributing factor to this migration wave.

The Surge in Emigration Numbers

According to FNB property sector strategist, John Loos, the number of South Africans selling their homes to emigrate has skyrocketed in the past five years. The figures have surged from a mere 2% in 2013 to a staggering 10% by the end of 2018. While Loos acknowledges that Eskom is not solely to blame, he firmly believes that the power utility plays a crucial role in shaping sentiments and decisions of ordinary South Africans. Eskom's unreliability has undoubtedly contributed to the surge in emigration figures, but what exactly drives people to make the life-changing decision to leave their homeland?