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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.

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Sarkodie is one of the most successful African rappers of all time. With over ten years of industry presence under his belt, there's no question about his prowess or skin in the game. Not only is he a pioneer of African hip-hop, he's also the most decorated African rapper, having received over 100 awards from close to 200 nominations over the span of his career.

What else does Sarkodie have to prove? For someone who has reached and stayed at the pinnacle of hip-hop for more than a decade, he's done it all. But despite that, he's still embracing new growth. One can tell just by listening to his latest album, No Pressure, Sarkodie's seventh studio album, and the follow-up to 2019's Black Love which brought us some of the Ghanaian star's best music so far. King Sark may be as big as it gets, but the scope of his music is still evolving.

Sonically, No Pressure is predominantly hip-hop, with the first ten tracks offering different blends of rap topped off with a handful of afrobeats and, finally, being crowned at the end with a gospel hip-hop cut featuring Ghanaian singer MOG. As far as the features go, Sark is known for collaborating mostly with his African peers but this time around he branches out further to feature a number of guests from around the world. Wale, Vic Mensa, and Giggs, the crème de la crème of rap in America and the UK respectively all make appearances, as well as Nigeria's Oxlade, South Africa's Cassper Nyovest, and his fellow Ghanaian artists Darkovibes and Kwesi Arthur.

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