Gatvol of SA? Where should you go?

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The BBC has compiled a list of six countries it believes to be the best governed in the world. hey include neighbouring country to South Africa, Botswana, and two countries which already feature highly on South Africa’s list of popular countries for emigrants – New Zealand and Canada.

Business Tech reports that despite a wave of optimism following the appointment of Cyril Rampahosa to the position of ANC president, and amid talk of an imminent departure of Jacob Zuma – under whose leadership the country has marked a steady decline – the outlook for growth over the next few years remains bleak. The unemployment rate will remains stubbornly high.

No wonder then that many South Africans – with money and a sense of adventure – are looking for countries to relocate to. The BBC list certainly leaves them some options where they might pursue a better career option, or to avoid rising crime, increasing corruption levels, and declining education standards.

The BBC list includes these options:


“With near-perfect scores on the ‘Basic Human Needs’ ranking in the 2017 Social Progress Index, which includes meeting the nutritional and medical needs of its citizens

New Zealand: 

Australia and New Zealand are virtually neck-and-neck across the indexes, but New Zealand scores slightly better for overall political stability, fundamental rights and lack of violence/terrorism.”


“Both the United States and Canada rank highly across all indexes, but Canada scores higher in political stability and lack of violence/terrorism. In fact, Canada comes close to many of the Scandinavian countries in its near-perfect scores, including access to nutrition and medical care, as well as to basic knowledge and personal rights.”


“Not only does the island nation rank highest in Asia by the World Bank for overall government effectiveness, rule of law and political stability, it also received the highest marks in Asia from the Social Progress Index for its access to basic knowledge, water and sanitation, and access to nutrition and medical care.”


“Botswana consistently ranks as one of the strongest-governed countries in Africa, especially in its role in containing corruption, regionally ranking the highest in both the World Bank assessment and Rule of Law Index. Not only that, but the national revenue from diamond mining has been fairly well distributed throughout the country.”


“Ranked highly for its open and transparent government, control of corruption and access to basic knowledge and medical care, Chile has one of South America’s most stable and corruption-free governments.”

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