Brain drain

Yesterday’s Sunday Tribune, August 31, 2008, had an article by a reporter and photographer who had ventured into town to canvas opinions on the street-renaming. Those interviewed seem to have been predominantly from previously disadvantaged groups, for whose benefit the changes were allegedly made. They included business people, street traders, taxi drivers and shoppers and most still seemed to be using the old names. Some respondents didn’t know that there had been changes.

There was also a long article on the skills shortage which is partly due to the exodus of skilled individuals from the country but also to retirements and resignations and the fact that not enough people were being trained. The 2007 national scarce-skills list reveals that there is a shortage of about a million skilled people. These include 20700 health and welfare support workers and 25000 health diagnostic professionals (??) and midwives and nurses.

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