The Future of South Africa

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The future of South Africa Predicting the future development of South Africa has become increasingly difficult due to radical changes that have occurred in the last few decades. These changes have left South Africa in a state of social and economical unrest. The largest of these changes was the abolishment of Apartheid. This allowed for black vote, and thus in 1994 a black government. This lead to black empowerment, which was subjugated for hundreds of years. This however created a new series of health, educational and economical challenges the country would need to face. Cape Town’s mayor Helen Zille states that South Africa has five major challenges to overcome in its future. These are: - Unemployment - Health Issues (primarily…show more content…
2007) and its poverty rate from 50% (est. 2000). There has already been significant economic growth since 2004, placing the South African stock exchange at 17th in the world. Throughout South Africa’s history crime has been rampant, this was originally due to racial conflict between the major racial group (black South Africans: 79.5%) and the governing institutions during apartheid. Due to the overwhelming amount of persons below the poverty line (50%) this conflict between the elite and the unemployed has continued into post-apartheid South Africa. In future, unless issues such as poverty are faced by multiple institutions (including the government and companies looking to invest/develop in South Africa) it is probable that class conflict will continue. The economic “boom”, which could be obtained through the world cups success, could greatly increase the average wealth of the black community, and thus reducing the need for crime. “The issue of crime is related to unemployment” (BBC correspondent John, Sydney, Australia). With the influx of foreign investment, South Africa will gain a major amount of job opportunities to combat the unemployment rate. As the unemployment and poverty rate decrease, so will crime. This will allow globalisation to flourish as many more investors consider South Africa for their industrial needs. Globalisation refers to the emergence of a global culture brought about by a variety of social

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