Poor planning sends our skills to greener pastures: iLIVE
We have too few doctors practising in the country, but nearly half those who trained here have left ("Too few doctors in training", February 13).
That alone tells us the obvious: highly qualified people are not dependent on the country of their birth. They are welcome all over the world.
If you do not offer them the opportunities, they'll leave, just like thousands left Europe during the years of mass migration and landed in countries more to their liking, many of them here in South Africa. In the 1950s and 1960s thousands arrived from Europe to help build South Africa, mostly technically trained people.
Many have left again because they did not like the developments, and for the same reasons well-qualified South Africans are leaving "for greener pastures".
Authorities must accept full responsibility and blame for these shortages because the effects of what was initiated in the mid-1990s were obvious. One does not need a degree to understand that.
To have thousands more children pass matric with the aim of attending a varsity, a child can work out on one hand that there are not enough places for all those new students.
Now, suddenly, we realise that more universities are needed to accommodate all those students, but that was obvious 15 years ago. No rocket science there, just common sense.
Maybe some more varsities will soon become a reality, but hopefully someone will realise early enough that for them to function, we also need many, many more professors.
Those, like new university buildings and power stations, you don't just shake out of your sleeve, nor do they grow on trees.
The president has yet again delivered a nice speech with many promises, but to put just 10% of all that into action requires a lot more than talk.
I let myself be surprised, but from recent experience I'm not too hopeful for yet another generation.