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Young whites emigrate, young blacks die of TB-AIDS in S.Africa

By Adriana Stuijt     Nov 27, 2008 in World
Young, skilled white S.Africans are emigrating enmasse; and young black S.Africans are increasingly dying of AIDS, writes the SA Institute of Race Relations on November 26 2008.
Nov 27 2008 -- PRETORIA, South Africa. The SA Institute of Race Relations noted in its annual demographic report that educated, young white families are emigrating from South Africa in a very distinct 'pattern of emigration'. Its demographic researcher Gail Eddy says there has been a drastic reduction in the number of white South Africans when compared to the national average of 43.9 in this age group.
Fewer white babies, too:
The proportion of white South Africans in the age group 15-39 was 33.1% in 2008 - much lower than the national average of 43.9% in this age group, she noted in her report. This trend continued in the age group 0-15, with 18.3% of the white population being in this age group, compared to a national average of 32.2%.
"The only explanation is emigration,' Ms Eddy said. "This departure of the country's best-educated working-age group has far-reaching implications for the growing South African skills shortage,' she also warned.
White South Africans cannot vote in the diaspora:
Local political parties are beginning to feel the pinch of this white brain-drain - these were their most politically-active constituents especially of the Democratic Alliance party, mostly comprised of white English-speakers; and the Freedom Front Plus, which represents Afrikaner-minority rights. Both parties and the Afrikaner-civil rights group Afriforum have lodged petitions with the Independent Electoral Commission's chairwoman Dr Brigalia Bam. They demand that the SA embassies be made available as voting stations to the estimated 1,5-million diaspora South in the forthcoming presidential elections, expected to be held within the next four months. At the moment, only government officials stationed at embassies are allowed to vote abroad. During South Africa's first multiracial Presidential election in 1994, the small number of exiled South Africans were given voting facilities too. However during the previous SA elections five years ago, the government said that they were unable to provide voting facilities at the embassies due to the lack of personnel - the number of diaspora-South Africans had grown much larger by then. In 1994, South Africa counted some 5-million white citizens.
Protest march Dec 6 2008 in London for diaspora-South Africans' voting rights
The South African Youth Forum Abroad is to hold a voting-rights protest march on Saturday, December 6, 2008 outside Temple metro station on the District and Circle metrolines in London, UK.
"The aim of the march is to mobilize expats and have our voices heard in South Africa,' says its president Xolan Xala. "We find it appalling that South African citizens living and working abroad are not allowed to vote in the South African General Elections," he said.
"Expatriate South Africans send money home and are contributing tremendously to South Africa, so we see no reason why should not be allowed to vote.They plan to present the SA high commissioner in London with their memorandum, he said.
“South Africa is our beloved country. It is a country whose democracy has been built on the foundations of freedom and reconciliation. Therefore for many of us, what has happened (denying us the vote abroad) is a betrayal of these foundations. If there is one lesson Africa needs to learn it is this - be very careful of who you put in change, at least Tata Mandela was well educated and made wise decisions. The South African government and the IEC need to demonstrate respect for the democracy and our human rights - the rule of law and equality before the law. Most countries allow their citizens to vote no matter where they are based.
South Africa is the beacon of democracy...
"If South Africa is the beacon of democracy then how can they do this? We want to vote, we want our voices to be heard - South Africa is our country too. “It’s our Constitutional right to vote.”
Black South Africans dying more of AIDS
Also according to the SAIRR, the indigenous black South African population meanwhile, is also showing reduced growth rates, especially amongst the young. In their case, it's due to the joint epidemics of AIDS and drug-resistant Tuberculosis, which is decimating the working-age, mostly black population.
The SAIRR report notes in their South Africa Survey that between 2001 to 2008, the entire SA population grew at a rate of 0.82% bringing to a total population of 48,687.000.
The population growth rates between 2001 and 2002 stood at 1.50% - which suggests a link to the Aids pandemic, Ms Eddy said in a media statement. In 2001 the Aids-infection rate for the population stood at 8.8% and this had increased to 11.6% in 2008 - i.e. to about 4-million infections, she stated.
6-million infected with HIV-AIDS
However Reddy may have greatly underestimated the impact of a new epidemic threat, namely drug-resistant Tuberculosis, which was first identified in South Africa in 2006 and has become very deadly, with patients dying within just 3 weeks, often before they are even diagnosed from laboratory tests. According to Medicines Sans Frontieres' own research at their South African TB-AIDS clinics, at least 6-million people, primarily black, were infected with the virus leading to deadly AIDS in 2007 -- and at least 60% of those HIV+ patients also were found to be co-infected with drug-resistant Tuberculosis.
16 deaths per 1,000 people
The SAIRR demographer said the natural-death rates had risen from 12 deaths per 1,000 people in 2001 to 16 deaths per 1,000 in 2008 in South Africa.
"In 2001 some 33.7% of these deaths where Aids-related, in 2008 this increased to 48.6% of all deaths,' she writes.
While noting that the AIDS-pandemic is 'continuing to have a devastating impact on SA's population', she has apparently not taken the added death-rate impact of extremely-drug-resistant Tuberculosis into account. as yet - even though it is now so rampant in South Africa that the government 's health facilities have become heavily overburdened with TB-patients.
She said this week that "AIDS-HIV has serious effects on the economy and on society -- as children grow up without parents to meet their economic, psychological and social needs,' and concludes that 'the SA government's AIDS-policies are not sufficient, or are not being implemented properly.'
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