Survey shows 50% of youth plan to leave SA for job opportunities

50% of young people surveyed plan to leave SA

JOHANNESBURG - Half of well-educated, mid-to-top-income young people in South Africa say they plan to emigrate. 

That's according to BrandMapp research. The study focused on 13 million South Africans between the ages of 18-35, who are part of households that earn more than ten thousand Rand a month. This is especially worrying since the country has a youth unemployment rate of 45,5%.

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But there is a silver lining. BrandMapp says young people are much more optimistic about their financial security. 

Head of Storytelling, Brandon de Kock says wanting to leave South Africa is not the same thing as actually leaving.  

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