Forget going back to ‘normal’, let’s pin down SA’s future

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Forget going back to ‘normal’, let’s pin down SA’s future

We now have an opportunity to reimagine our future. Let’s grab it because things can be better

Columnist

What happens after a great and devastating war? You can rebuild. You can gather the broken parts, you can put them together, you can heal what has been broken. You can take things back to “normal”.

That is the straight path. You also have the chance to reimagine your world, to not just rebuild, but to make things better, to avoid the mistakes and unintended consequences of your first structure. It is a chance not just to put things right. It is also a chance to make things better than they were before.

Very few generations get a chance to correct their mistakes. We are fortunate that, at least for many of us, we can rebuild and reimagine SA. We had a chance to do this in 1994, of course. You would not know it if you listened to much of the current wave of nostalgia on social media, but by 1994 the apartheid state was in deep crisis...

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