migration

As part of our celebration of International Women’s Day in March this year, OSISA launched the 6th Edition of BUWA! JOURNAL on African Women’s Experiences.

Howard French looks beyond the daily media diet of China-bashing or China-boosting stories to try and uncover what a million Chinese are really up to in Africa.

Dynamics in female migration have undergone profound shifts in the economic, social and cultural perspectives in South Africa and the region in the post-apartheid era. Not only from a Southern African perspective but also globally there has been a wave of women’s movements for better lives, and this has defied the status quo on gender norms and on social construction. Women in most societies have been seen as private, with men taking the roles of breadwinner and public actors, but women have been taking this space in the last decade. More women are delegating their “home” roles to men.

The author argues that in transnational split families with absentee fathers, non-migrant women and children pay a high price as they disproportionately shoulder the emotional loses which are part of the high and often hidden costs of migration. Some of the costs which families endure are more tangible and straight forward in nature. 

A recent report published on the website of SW Radio Africa stated that “it is believed” there are “between two and three million Zimbabweans living and working” in South Africa. Citing interviews conducted by the Inter Press Service (IPS) news agency, the report also stated that the numbers of Zimbabwean nationals crossing the border have almost doubled since July this year when the country held elections.

A reader asked us at Africa Check look into the claims.

I want to go there
 
i want to leave
 
for a faraway land
 
there all glitters like gold
 
there nobody knows me
 
one day I will go there
 
there i will find a job and live with other people
 
there i will make new friends
 
there i will send money home
 
there i will build a home for my parents and myself
 
there i will eat like them, talk l
To pursue dreams promises money to become somebody
 
Three or five years away from home
 
Children left with husbands, mothers, aunts and friends
 
Birthdays missed, names and faces forgotten
 
As they raise others children theirs left to their mothers, friends and family
 
They are taking their skills with them
 
Maid, house-help, gardener, nurse, babysitter, teacher all in one
 
Garden, mop houses, cook for familie
The concept of migration and displacement is a global notion that manifests itself in the Southern African region. This article will discuss the concept as disproportionately affecting women more than their male counterparts, and in some instances even being deconstructive to the concept or the notion of “home”, depriving migrant or displaced women of a sense of belonging. To achieve this purpose, it will explore the myriad forms of displacement and provide a feminist critic of migration focussing on inequality and exclusion.
Rose was very excited when she got the job offer at a prestigious investment organisation in South Africa. As an investment banker, she saw this as a huge boost to her career. Growing up, she had always been ambitious and she saw this opportunity as an exciting challenge in her career path. She couldn’t wait to share the good news with her husband of two years, Simon, an equally ambitious young man who she had met at university. She was certain this would give them the financial break they had been literally praying for. Things were getting more difficult by the day in Zimbabwe; the inflation rate was at its alltime highest and the responsibilities they shared were already taking a huge toll on their combined salaries. Simon who was a pharmacist had two young brothers in school and from the time his parents had retired, they had assumed the responsibility of paying for his brothers’ school fees. Rose’s parents also depended on them to cater for their monthly expenses from the time her father had been retrenched from his job.

We leave to
live
pursue dreams
find life and love
money and meanings
for safety
see the world
for adventure and freedom
gain wealth
work and study
careers and jobs
be understood
send money
for our children
escape bad marriages and patriarchy
wealth and poverty
be away and start afresh
run away
join family, friends, husbands, ch

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