News Brief

South Africa’s White Population Is Decreasing

About half a million white South Africans have left the country in the past three decades.

The population of white South Africans is decreasing, according to Statistics South Africa .


The South African newspaper City Press reports that about half a million white South Africans have left the country in the past three decades, and that an estimated 112,740 will emigrate in the next five years.

The country’s overall population has increased by 900,000 to 56.62 million between 2016 and 2017. The white population on the other hand, declined by 22,250 people, from 4.52 million in the same period.

After 1994 (which, by the way, was the same year the country’s first black president was elected), white South Africans have been emigrating, according to the Frans Cronjé of the Institute of Race Relations, as reported by City Press.

Stats SA didn’t reveal the reasons for the emigration, but emigration agencies believe it is because of the country’s political instability, and high crime rate. But it must be noted that most of those emigrating are young people between the ages of 20 and 40, and most of them are skilled professionals, tradespeople, entrepreneurs and experienced corporate employees.

The most popular emigration destinations are Australia, Canada, the UK, Ireland and the US.

Head over to the City Press website to read the full report.

Interview

Interview: The Awakening of Bas

We talk to Bas about The Messenger, Bobi Wine, Sudan, and the globalized body of Black pain.

The first thing you notice when you begin to listen to The Messenger—the new investigative documentary podcast following the rise of Ugandan singer, businessman and revolutionary political figure Bobi Wine—is Bas' rich, paced, and deeply-affecting storytelling voice.

Whether he is talking about Uganda's political landscape, painting a picture of Bobi Wine's childhood, or drawing parallels between the violence Black bodies face in America and the structural oppression Africans on the continent continue to endure at the hands of corrupt government administrations, there is no doubt that Bas (real name Abbas Hamad) has an intimate understanding of what he's talking about.

We speak via Zoom, myself in Lagos, and him in his home studio in Los Angeles where he spends most of his time writing as he cools off from recording the last episode of The Messenger. It's evident that the subject matter means a great deal to the 33-year-old Sudanese-American rapper, both as a Black man living in America and one with an African heritage he continues to maintain deep ties with. The conversation around Black bodies enduring various levels of violence is too urgent and present to ignore and this is why The Messenger is a timely and necessary cultural work.

Below, we talk with Bas aboutThe Messenger podcast, Black activism, growing up with parents who helped shape his political consciousness and the globalized body of Black pain.

This interview has been edited for length and clarity.

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