After yesterday’s post on the number of expats who are registered to vote and the debate that ensued, I decided to look at things from another perspective perhaps.
I had dinner with a very good friend of mine last night, let’s call him James. James always has a wonderful perspective on life and not surprisingly he had an interesting argument here too.
James suggests that what we as South Africa (the nation) should be doing is investing in our expatriate community, starting with one simple vote. Giving them that vote and allowing them to have that ownership of possible change and decision making would more than likely win many expats over.
The basic premise is simple: There are resources, foreign currencies and very, very good people who have moved overseas for a variety of reasons. An increasing number are moving over to other countries purely for business purposes. Because they are the best of the best and this might mean that they are pushed to thrive in business by leaving their home country for ten years. Who am I to judge? Good point James.
There are always going to be people who leave for the irrational reasons, for the valid reasons of violence, crime, curroption and expect those problems not to exist where they move to. I am more interested in the expats who are wanting to experience the world, to live life to the fullest and who have the ability to do so. It is hypocritical for me, in today’s world, to think that we cannot be South Africans abroad when the world is globalising and shrinking at such a rapid rate.
I am impressed with this argument and this side of the coin, I think it could possibly be the way to go. I am still disappointed in the small number of expats voting, but maybe it’s time that I took some of the blame for that and started embracing expats in to the culture and community of South Africa?
- Saffas marching in London
- Should expats be allowed to vote?
- Are you registered to vote in the 2009 elections?
- What exactly is Proportional Representation?
- This march in London I support – the right to vote
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