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May 30, 2006

Tips for Trevor: The Skills Disincentive Project

South Africa has a dire shortage of experienced people in the technical, IT and engineering fields. With the country approaching last place in Africa for the quality and cost effectiveness of its communications infrastructure, it makes sense to go for broke and simply be the most undeveloped country in the world.

Countries like the Netherlands offer significant tax discounts and readily available work permits in an effort to attract professional skills to that country, and these efforts are very successful. What if South Africa did the exact opposite: A tax disincentive program that penalises professionals wanting to build technology startups in the country? I think that just might work. Last place here we come.

So here's what I suggest be done.

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