Since embracing full democracy 16 years ago, South Africa has made huge strides. But, says Diana Geddes (interviewed), not everything has changed for the better
SPORT matters in South Africa. In his new year’s address to the nation, President Jacob Zuma described 2010 as “the most important year in our country since 1994”. To outsiders, playing host to this year’s football World Cup seemed perhaps a less momentous event than holding the country’s first fully democratic elections that established a black-majority government 16 years ago—especially when the national team, Bafana Bafana, may be knocked out in the first round. But with the kick-off on June 11th, just days after the country’s 100th birthday on May 31st, the world’s eyes will be on Africa’s leading economy for the next few weeks.
The Economist: http://www.economist.com/specialreports/displayStory.cfm?story_id=16248589