Mar 13

SA celebrities: Why South Africans abroad should come home

“I have never regretted coming home. It has been the most phenomenal quarter of a century to have been a cartoonist. I think there are amazing opportunities despite the new mayhem that exists. It is an amazing country to be in,” Zapiro.


Our country is at a point where hard decisions need to be made about the direction we want to take, and I call upon South Africans abroad to make the decision to come back home,” DA Parliamentary leader Mmusi Maimane.

Mmusi Maimane

“Sometimes we lose perspective. We go to other places and forget how great it is here. My message for you is come home guys, the sun is shining,” Nik Rabinowitz.

“Wherever you are as a South African, you can make a difference to this beautiful country.  Join us to make our country bloom,” Dr Mamphela Ramphele.

Mamphela Ramphele

“Return to South Africa – not only for the climate, for the lifestyle and for the beauty of our mountains, beaches and game reserves – return to your homeland because we need you to  help us  to build a new and better South Africa,” former president FW de Klerk.

FW de Klerk

“The few problems we face are being tackled head on and should be seen as opportunities for your value add as returning sons and daughters of South Africa, bringing global wisdom with you,” Public Protector Thuli Madonsela.

Thuli Madonsela at Speed Meet

“I suppose it is very corny to say, but you can take a South African out of South Africa but you can’t take South Africa out of a South African,” Pieter Dirk-Uys.

Pieter Dirk-Uys

“There’s a great opportunity to make a significant contribution to our continent and to shift how the world sees and how Africa sees herself,” Lira.


“Come home and have a braai in the sunshine on any day of the year. Do it for others but mainly do it for yourself,” Graeme Codrington.

Graeme Codrington

“I want to be part of the generation that takes South Africa forward and enables it to become one of the most competitive countries in the world,” Pumela Salela.

Pumela Salela