A former South African expat, recently took to social media to write an open letter to South African expats who have expressed an “I-told-you-so” mentality given the current turmoil South Africa is facing.
The writer, Mike Abel is the Co-Founder & CEO of M&C SAATCHI ABEL GROUP, and the author of Willing & Abel – Lessons from a decade in crisis.”
These are his words to critical expats, which offer the perspective of an expat returned home.
“Over the past few days I have received and read many notes of concern and sympathy for South Africa. Each of them is greatly appreciated. Thank you.
I have also seen many messages with “I told you so”, “thank heavens we left when we did” etc.
My note is to these people. The second grouping.
My family and I left South Africa towards the end of 2008 following a terrifying crime incident and went to live in magnificent Sydney, Australia where I was the CEO of the largest and most successful advertising group in that country.
We lived in a beautiful home, in a beautiful suburb, with wonderful friends and family.
We came back to South Africa as we found the sadness of being away from those we loved most and a country that was, in every possible way, home, to be too heartbreaking.