This is an old thread. I haven't visited this site for a long time, so I'll take this opportunity to comment here.
I grew up in Mauritius but live abroad now. I occasionally come to Mtius on holidays, so my perspective now is no longer as someone who lives here.
This thread is full of complaints. I don't have any. Perhaps because I don't live here. Or perhaps because I've lived a long time abroad and seen that the grass is not really greener on the other side.
Every country, every place has its advantages and disadvantages, so does Mauritius, so do more developed countries. If you keep that in mind, you'll realise Mauritius is not such a bad place after all.
Then again, I've chosen not to live here, so perhaps it's easier to say that than live through this day in and day out!
People complain here about others being rude in the shop, in hospital, being watched/commented on the street, bad attitude from others, etc... Just take life a little less seriously, don't expect others to be perfect and you will be less stressed. So what if someone at the bank doesn't serve me with a smile, or someone at the till refuses to fill my shopping bag?
What I particularly appreciate about Mauritius is that they are debrouillards. They don't expect the government or others to do things for them. If something is wrong or broken, they'll go and fix it themselves.
In Europe with their overly developed welfare state, people expect the government to do everything for them and they expect money to fall from the sky while still maintaining a luxurious lifestyle. No money? Let's borrow.
I believe however, that Mauritius is becoming fast like these countries, what with free transport for students, OAPs and so on. Mauritians will soon sit on their ass, taking everything for granted...