Whitey - 8:17 am on Sep 13, 2010 (gmt 0)
South Africa is a mixed bag in my opinion.
If you live there , you get used to the crime and learn to live with it. There's reasonable infrastructure and excellent business / legal governance.
Climate , low cost entertaining , low cost / quality housing are all positives. Living as an affluent amongst the many disadvantaged citizens is the counterbalance challenge for the conscience to deal with.
For migrating, there's safer places on the planet and this isn't a place to easily relax out side of secured areas.