INDUKU GROUP: What is the biggest mistake clients make when it comes to relocation from the start, and what can we do better?
Induku Group: What is the first thing you need to think about when emigrating with your pets?
COLLEEN CLACKWORTHY: Firstly you need to know where you are going as every country has different rules. Establish where you are going and the various requirements of that country. Start with looking at the health of your pet and getting it microchipped. This is like your Green Card for your pet and will record the histology of your pet.
IG: There are so many topics on emigration and different literature – some speak about 3 stages of emigration, while others speak of 7 stages. What is essential to know about the various stages? What do people need to know?
“Justice is turned back, and righteousness stands far away; for truth has stumbled in the public squares,and uprightness cannot enter.” (Isaiah 59:14). Something is broken in our nation. While the stories of xenophobic attacks in late 2019 and the recent tragedy and loss of foreign nationals like Enock Mpianzi quickly fade in the cacophony of our busy lives, as Christians there is a need to awaken to the deep fractures that exist in our hearts in South Africa.
“And He made from one man every nation of mankind to live on all the face of the earth, having determined allotted periods and the boundaries of their dwelling place....” - Acts 17: 26
Meet Sacha van der Merwe - a wife and mother. Nothing of her present day posture speaks to the life challenges she has had to overcome. Her story is one where God’s grace touches a woman’s strength and resilience. Sacha was born a Jew. She grew up exploring various forms of spirituality, from esoteric mediums to Buddhism, as well as seeking answers to life’s toughest questions in many self-help courses. Her search for truth in many sources only left her deeply unfulfilled. She married early but was divorced by 22.
It goes without saying that we are living in very trying times at the moment. Regarding work opportunities in South Africa in the hospitality industry post the lockdown, it is known that competition is going to be very stiff and places for alumni to consolidate and grow their skills are limited. Exploring other options further afield may just be the perfect departure and platform former hospitality students will need to launch or re-launch their careers in the industry.
In no other time in the history of the world is the idea of home been so important. While the home and family has been under attack for years, since the global corona pandemic the pervasive narrative over the past few months is one that encourages people to “stay home” shielded from the virus. For a few of the characters in the bible “home” however took on the form a cave, a prison, a room or a hole at any given time. The scriptures go on to record Jesus saying in Luke 9: 57-62 that he had no physical home or place on the earth to lay his head.
It seems South Africans are as adamant as ever to leave the country as statistics show a 70% increase in inquiries on the process. This according to immigration experts Sable International, who said they have seen a 45% increase in completed emigrations over the past year.
An increasing number of skilled South Africans are looking to emigrate according to the recruiting firm, the Induku Consulting Group, which says that contrary to popular belief more black professionals are looking to make the move.
“In South Africa, while many thought emigrations was only a phenomenon amongst white professionals, in recent years, it is known that the number of black professionals leaving South Africa has exceeded white emigrants,” the group said.
How green is the green card of the US? There are options for those looking to live and work in the US - but they're costly and some are set to double by the end of October.
The EB-5 investment visa, used by wealthy South Africans to move to the US is set to see changes that will significantly push up the cost of this American dream.
These days it's hard to be around a dinner table without somebody mentioning that they're planning to emigrate, or knowing of somebody who is taking the plunge for pastures overseas.
In the current economic climate, South Africans have been looking abroad to New Zealand, Australia, Portugal and even Canada creating a spike in enquiries by as much as 70%, according to immigration experts Sable International.