Many saffers stay out of a deep love of country.
Their families built that place out of nothing, there is a pride of accomplishment that is seldom seen elsewhere.
Most places one could emigrate to require a certain level of financial liquidity, several years wages to prove you won’t be a burden. (Unlike our illegals) This equates to thousands upon thousands of dollars.
Then there’s property/homes to dispose of, have to find a buyer.
And wherever you go, it won’t be home.
I have talked with a number of expat saffers who still lament the copper sunset, the rugged beauty, their country. And that’s after being gone 10, 20, 30 years.
Its all of thia and more, am I correct Leopard.
And then there the stubborness that we all share, not willing to give in to a bunch of god forsaken animals and lose everything that you built.
Wildartist, look at it this way.
Crime, politics, taxes go through the roof, we can move thousands of miles without even changing our phone number. We move from Detroit , MI to Fruitland Texas, nobody blinks an eye. You don’t even have to change your drivers license for a time. But leaving a country that is the size of a state? Where does one go, and when? Much like that proverbial frog in the pot, its getting a little warm but why jump yet.
All that and more.
There’s little flashes of hope, Orania, the western Cape, something good could still happen.
And one last thought, going back to the national history, and pride.
Have a listen to some of the Afrikaaner songs by Bok Van Blerk and others that have been posted here, on YouTube.
Especially those with subtitles, it helps.
There’s a love for country that even we Americans can’t grasp today. Our grandparents generation, the WWII generation yes but its hard for us to feel that, especially when we can so easily move from LA to Sandpoint Idaho without even changing football teams.
Have a listen to “Tym om te trek” and ” Die Kaplyn”, remembering that the Saffers were defending their country right into the 90’s. That fight is still fresh. Trek is about staying despite everything Africa has thrown at him.
There is no easy answer.