Global lessons from South Africa

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While read­ing The Big Story fea­ture on South Africa (‘Gen­er­a­tion Man­dela’, Aug 16), I was struck by a quote from one of the in­ter­vie­wees who says “...the black peo­ple who nowa­days got rich don’t care about the rest of us”.

To me the comment has global rel­e­vance as I feel all fledg­ling democ­ra­cies go through a phase where cor­rup­tion and per­sonal greed of a few peo­ple in power scars the so­cio-po­lit­i­cal vi­sion that the states­men of that na­tion have for their coun­try.

I’m not try­ing to jus­tify this epi­demic but merely say­ing that we need to ap­pre­ci­ate what we have, em­power our­selves in a way that we are able to build a bet­ter fu­ture for our­selves as well as for the com­ing gen­er­a­tion and not let the bit­ter­ness of our past rule our minds. Eas­ier said than done, I know, but to me that is what real progress is.

NAME WITH­HELD ON RE­QUEST The ar­ti­cle on Nel­son Man­dela and his coun­try was absolutely beau­ti­ful. I thought the author man­aged to draw us, the read­ers, in and show us what present-day South Africa is like through the eyes of or­di­nary peo­ple very suc­cess­fully. Great job!

SU­SANNE JACOBS, VIA EMAIL

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