Central government has openly admitted that local government is falling over, corruptions is rife, and service delivery all but non existent. Yet they are without the skills to do anything about it, it is the result of a culmination of influences, and both black and white are equally and differently to blame. In Africa the Chief can do as he pleases, without any form of retribution it is part of the Africa culture. It is very difficult for a resident of the 1st world to fully grasp the blatant disregard for the constitution they fought for. If only all Politian’s the world over could be as great as Nelson Mandela.<br />
The gravy train has left the station and is on a run away course though this country unless we all as individuals make the difference. While it is perceived to be by the rest of the world to be a racial thing, it is more as a result of lack of education, training and finally accountability. 23 infants died in the North West province of South Africa, as a direct result of the local governments’ failure to properly treat raw sewerage which contaminated the water supply to there own constituents, there result a public apology in the news paper – basically sorry we killed your kids.<br />
The only hope for South Africa is the Democratic Alliance, wherever they have a seat in parliament the local government works.<br />
It is not for nothing the there is and ex<x>pression an Africa Transaction (kick backs rule)
Why does it always have to be black or white?<br />
Haven't u guys ever heard of democracy? <br />
Why are you still stuck in races? Let those rule who are liked by the people. <br />
And i thought SA had changed.
wow umm who gave "the rest of the world" the right to judge that in the first place?! maybe the "white people" should have kept to themselves in the first place and we never would have f***ed them up to the point where they had any issues governing themselves! why the hell does everyone think the "american way" is the only freaking way? are all white people happy?? uhh NO in fact i lived in a third world country for 2 yrs and everyone there was much happier and more grateful for what they have than any WHITE person i know! and yes i am white but i dont understand how the color of someones skin has any influence on who they are or what they are good at whether its building huts or running a country!
RACIST! I think you are better off keeping your racist mouth shut.
Just there does not exist apartheid...thats all there is to it now.
I know something about the South African situation, as far as I know little has changed for the poorest. <br />
What I think is that getting rid of the appartheid was a prerequisite for the next step that has not yet been taken: getting the social structure of the country up and running. South Africa has a chance of becoming a strong nation in this world and a superpower in Africa, if they get that right. <br />
As former Dutch colony, independence also might have come too soon with the wounds of the boer war not yet healed. This also happened in Indonesia, but didn't in Curacao. <br />
What I think South Africa needs is democratic communism, but without American or any other nation's economic and political blockades. That system is designed to get a poor country up and going, with the poorest getting less poor (on expense of the rich). Unfortunately all communist countries, except for China, have had enormous troubles their entire existence because of American military, economical and political opposition.
Dear Apolo - some services have deteriorated, but then again its always easier to cater for fraction of the entire population than entire population. At least now we can try to build a a more just society. On a day to day basis - on an interpersonal level - I interact in a meaningful way with different people - I love being an African because despite my European ancestors I am an African! khotso
Hi apolo<br />
i do not think you can ask a question and then limit the answer to people who agree to do research. <br />
Anyway I certainly do believe that South Africa is better off than when it was governed by white people. Africa is the poorest continent in the world so life there is not easy but South Africa is now a light not a a pariah. <br />
Quite frankly I don't think it matters what color is governing a country. That's not what makes it better or worse off. We have a black president and he's screwing stuff up just as bad as all the white ones we've had. As far as I'm concerned the world as a whole is all jacked up. =)<br />
p.s. no impromptu research needed, i pay attention to the news.