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South African Ex-Pats Heading Home To Escape Economic Crisis In UK, US

Often white and well-trained, South Africans are leaving their adoptive homes in the "developed world" to return to their native land where the cost of living is lower and jobs are more plentiful. Some whites, though, complain they are s

Life is nice at the Johannesburg Zoo (Axel Bührmann)
Life is nice at the Johannesburg Zoo (Axel Bührmann)
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JOHANNESBURG - "I would have loved to stay in London," says Rykie Pretorius, an interior designer. Following three years in the British capital, the South African native landed back in Johannesburg in December 2009 after the company she worked for in London didn't renew her contract because of the recession. "So I had to come back," she says.

Numerous other South Africans have since followed her path, they too victims of the growing economic crisis in the United Kingdom, United States, Australia and even New Zealand.

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Welcome to Friday, where Russia intensifies shelling in eastern Ukraine, Biden lands in South Korea, and a Mercedes becomes the most expensive car ever sold. Meanwhile, for German daily die Welt, Cosima Lutz explores the sizzling question of the skyrocketing price of cooking oils.

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