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The good news first: SA isn’t as doomed as you think


The good news first: SA isn’t as doomed as you think

When thinking about SA’s future, keep in mind that humans are neurologically wired to be negative


As we end the first week of the year and enter the brave new world of the third decade of the century (not true for the pedants, as the last decade strictly ends on December 31 2020), note one big thing.

According to the 2011 SA census, more than 40% of our 57 million population was only born in 2000 or later; so, the tumult here and everywhere of the late 20th century is ancient history for them, if they are aware of it at all.

The towering figures who defined our recent past and forged its present – Mandela, De Klerk, Slovo and Mbeki here, or Gorbachev, Clinton, Blair and Bush in the wider world – are relics. Meanwhile, Tambo and Reagan are the names of airports...

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