South Africans ‘thriving’ in US

Washington - There are a number of South Africans living in the US who are thriving, Brand SA country manager Simon Barber said on Friday.

"There are about 80 to 85 000 South African born people who are permanently living in the United States now", he said in Washington.

"They are exceptional people in terms of professions, in terms of net worth, in terms of their education level."

Brand SA has a programme called "Global South Africans" which helps drive investment in the country.

According to statistics from Global South Africans in the US there were 82 057 South African born people living in America.

Barber said these "exceptional people" were people like Margaret Marshall.

Marshall, who was born in Newcastle, in northern KwaZulu-Natal, is the retired Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court of Massachusetts.

She has a BA degree from the University of the Witwatersrand and a master's degree in education from Harvard University. She then graduated from Yale Law School. She was appointed to the Supreme Judicial Court in 1996.

Barber said there were a number of people like Marshall.

"This is by large an exceptional group and there is a lot of goodwill towards South Africa among them", he said.

"We are building this network to tap into that goodwill and have them as brand ambassadors for the brand."

A South African delegation, led by President Jacob Zuma would be in Washington next week to attend a three-day US-Africa Leaders' Summit, which aims at strengthening ties between the US and the African continent.

The summit was the first of its kind.

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Chase Cameron 2014-08-02 12:39:30 PM
"There are about 80 to 85 000 South African born people who are permanently living in the United States now"... that's quite a RANGE you got there news 24.
Mageba 2014-08-02 12:45:56 PM
Only 80000? I thought there would be more...
Jannie du Toit 2014-08-02 12:59:50 PM
Yes and the will never look back
Wally Cleaver 2014-08-02 01:02:49 PM
Trevor Noah is killing it that side!!
Beowulf 2014-08-02 01:04:36 PM
That's no surprise really. The conservative, right wing Christians blend in perfectly there. Most of them are probably Republicans by now.
Erna Westdyk 2014-08-02 01:05:03 PM
These exceptional professional people should be in SA working with those of us who stayed behind.
Rob 2014-08-02 01:11:22 PM
Barber you are a total waste of time. Punting a brand that is tainted with corruption.
Molefe Khunoana 2014-08-02 01:27:48 PM
Not forgeting the richest living man born in South Africa and former Pretoria Boys High School student Elon Musk with a 12 billion dollar net worth. He's changing the world and is someone too look up to
Lindose Robert 2014-08-02 01:36:13 PM
Eish led by mr scandal Zuma wth lot of charges following him all the way the president
Lukas Ekisjouvaader 2014-08-02 01:55:11 PM
Love the stats. Very soon it will be 82 057 + 5 South African born people. 3 of which are economically active and paying max tax. On the other hand at least 2 direct job opportunities will be lost and a number of indirect ones. What a good story to tell Simon and the ANC