In my area of South Africa almost 90% of the black people I deal with on a daily basis are immigrants and refugees. Most are from Zimbabwe or the
Congo, and there's a whole Somalian district.
Most of the contact one has is when they work as a "car-watch" or parking attendant, or they beg and sell cheap Chinese goods at the traffic
To think, I learnt local isiXhosa in school, yet now my mom's French is more of a conversational language!
Then you ask these people who watch your car and wave them out of parking bays (glorified beggars really) what they studied.
Invariably they were teachers, professors, doctors, agriculture majors, even engineers.
Our country has a major skills shortage.
Yet, here these people beg as parking attendants, or are waiters.
The local blacks are very xenophobic (they've been known to burn foreigners alive in the streets), and the black police harass foreign blacks for
The red tape to use their qualifications is impossible.
And then you hear of what their black rulers did to their countries after independence - horrifying.
So we have people with degrees as parking attendants.
Thousands and thousands of them from all across Africa.
Most of them (especially from Zimbabwe) speak good English.
Yet we have a skills shortage!
Something is very wrong.
edit on 13-8-2011 by halfoldman because: (no reason given)