Breakingviews: Mandela successors need to shape his legacy
Tuesday, December 10, 2013 - 04:17
Dec. 10 - As the world mourns Nelson Mandela, South Africa remains dogged by wage gaps, poor education and lack of investment. There’s a long way to go, says Breakingviews, but Mandela has achieved so much.
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As world leaders gather to remember Nelson Mandela South Africa's economy is one held back by a poor education system. Wage inequality inadequate investment in excess of corruption vote. By post colonial standards says Edward Hamas even not stagnation. -- attributes of Mandela's legacy. I'm -- joins me now -- I I guess the message in your piece said what is despite huge progress this is a country. That is still. Economically divided. Yes it or you can put the other way is. Despite huge economic division there has been pretty good progress in South Africa. Yes and no question about the facts here -- one of the that's the most obvious things in the world is in south African whites. The average income is the same level as the UK so if you -- a white -- South Africa you're basically living a little mini England. And south African blacks have basically a -- very you sort of lower. In column status they are a poor country. So -- two countries living side by side. In in dollar terms it's six times as high. The white -- comer to the average black income. There's now is still one of the differences since Mandela status as a small. Black elite. But and there's also larger black middle class but basically you're dealing with two countries and why don't location. And you make -- unit. Clearly that's a long way to go Bob Bob faxing comes of current crisis -- -- -- the lost -- decades yet means it takes a lot of for the for the vision. Yeah eight people say. Can put it yet two ways you can say well that gap has actually absolute gap that's widened but the relative cap is actually now are those were ten times. Wider. Decade and a half ago. And one can see that the government's attention to use those issues you mentioned the beginning in education infrastructure investment have paid off on. But the point I really and trying to make this piece is that relevant comparison is not China. The relevant comparison is other countries in Africa where I had colonial governments. You have to European settlers. You've had independence and pretty much to a country you've had much much worse so does the right here. -- -- -- Yet -- -- I mention because they both have very extensive European settlement algerians and speak French colony are considered part of France. After dependency kick them out and they suffered so terrible war. And then there was another major fight. Another couple decades later -- if we're not for gas in Algeria would be terribly poor country. Zimbabwe is exactly comparable British settlers. Very small white population. -- you get Mugabe and one side Mandela on the other. Zimbabwe's in tatters the economy on politically in much worse shape than. Than -- South Africa. And you know one man really does deserve a lot of credit for this Nelson Mandela. I'm because he understood that you had to make peace and he understood that if you didn't make peace with the white population no matter how much they have oppressed you you would end up worse off and that -- Great -- tremendous vision once and give them a lot of credit for that. And so one can say oh well you know -- problems -- Africans -- problems and when I was writing this piece people came to -- and says -- you know it's gonna be the next and Bob -- and the answer is that may be true. But. It really is not anything like that now and that really is the legacy of Nelson Mandel okay. I'm gonna -- -- -- -- many thanks and I haven't had as you can I read Edward had us is apt piece on the breaking news web sites. Plenty ahead of course they're on inside of the more generous setting insight I do what's our US shown every day twelve cities and 1730 GMC. I'm -- problems is --
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