Twenty percent of South Africans are planning to emigrate or are seriously considering it, according to the results of a survey released on Wednesday by global market-research company Synovate.
Spokesperson Jake Orpen said 600 respondents were interviewed in all nine provinces of South Africa, using face-to-face interviews.
The results were weighted to ensure representation across province, age, gender and race.
"South Africans are not in the best frame of mind lately, due to the obvious political uncertainty, economic instability and electricity problems," Orpen said.
The option to emigrate was most popular amongst young and middle-aged South Africans (18 to 44 years).
This was of concern because this age group represented South Africa's current and future skills set.
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