Clive Kaplan is a top-rated Executive/Leadership coach. Contact – 072-280-6878 or Visit the website and download a free E-Book.


The issue of emigration has been on the table for many years now. Pre- and post- Apartheid politics has sent many CAs(SA) to nether shores.

There is a startling amount of South African CA’s spread all around the world. Initially the UK was the favoured destination, followed Canada, the USA and now, Australia.

There is no doubt that the CA(SA) qualification will hold its own pretty much anywhere in the world. The biggest advantage is that, because there so many ex-pats who have moved abroad, work is usually not a problem as ex-South African CA’s prefer to employ SA candidates because of their work ethic and quality.

In the UK especially, work permits are a problem, especially if you are wanting to take a job outside the profession. But in most other countries you will encounter the similar restrictions. Other CA’s manage to get in so there are ways.

Sadly many good quality people have left SA to settle elsewhere. One wonders what would have happened to the economy had they stayed. There are number of entrepreneurial CA’s that have risen to great heights. The two that come to mind are Sol Kerzner (Sun International) and Donny Gordon (Liberty Life). Besides escaping with their wealth, they also took with them that dynamic entrepreneurial spirit. How many more such giants could have been created from the slurry of CA’s that have emigrated over the last 40 years?

Needless to say, most CAs(SA) have considered leaving SA and many have.

But should you?

It’s a good question and it requires a ‘half empty-half full’ review. You are either optimistic or pessimistic. There is no room for ambivalence.

Now, I don’t want to get into a political discussion here. It is not the point. What is relevant is that you make a choice. Hanging in state of indecision seriously gets in your way. More particularly it affects your attitude to your current job. You can be sure if you dilly-dallying, your work is being affected simply because you have no view on the future. This being the case you will automatically be at odds with your job.

It is imperative that you make up your mind.

Personally, I’m a ‘half-full’ guy – I believe that this country has yet to flourish. I believe that Africa is the new world and South Africa is head office. I believe in the people and their willingness to make it a well governed and supportive state. I believe in the entrepreneurial spirit of the people and a determination to make this one of the best places to live on earth.

Sure, we have political challenges but lately I’m finding that there is, for the very first time that I can ever remember, hope for the future. The business people that I come into contact with, are seeing light at the end of the tunnel. If it’s not in 2017, it will be 2018 – the economy will turn.

The only question you need to ask yourself is will you be in a position to take advantage of the next economic upturn.

If none of this makes sense to you, you are probably a ‘half-empty’ person. To you I say why wait? Go – do not faff around. You either have the vision like myself, or you don’t. It’s that simple.

Just to end I saw a little anecdote on the ‘half full/half empty:

  • A negative person sees the glass of water half empty.
  • A positive person sees it as half full.
  • A realistic person adds two shots of whiskey, two cubes of ice and says “cheers”!


Clive Kaplan is an internationally renowned executive and leadership coach, the GO-TO- GUY for aspiring professional executives and a SAICA registered CA(SA).

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Clive believes that the CA(SA) qualification has international acclaim and is the best business degree available.

With over 25 years’ experience as an executive director in both listed and unlisted companies, Clive brings some interesting perspectives to the field of management. Having been involved at Director/Board level, he offers a wealth of wisdom on both the people and business front.

Clive is the CEO of THE GREEN MIND CAPITAL GROUP. The company focuses on assisting executives, especially emerging young CA’s, in maximising their potential and fast-tracking their careers.

Clive has been involved with coaching and self-development since 1994. His mix of years of practical executive experience coupled with his own personal self-development journey brings together a unique method of Transformation Coaching. He has hundreds of hours of one-on-one coaching to his credit.

You might be interested to visit his LinkedIn page and review past client recommendations.

Clive is a prolific writer on LinkedIn PULSE and has over 26,350 followers. He has written over 130 articles on various topics from financial management and operations to job search and confidence building. He is also the author of the winQs series (pronounced ‘winks’) which appears regularly on the LinkedIn network. 

Clive is also a voluntary mentor for ORT Jet and The Hope Factory, (a SAICA initiative). He also works closely with the More To Life Program.