SA be­ware of stag­na­tion

Business Day - - Opinion - Bernard Ben­sone Park­lands

Lord Mar­tin Rees is a very clever man. As the As­tronomer Royal, he needs to be. His new book, ‘On the fu­ture — Prospects for Hu­man­ity’, lists the many per­ils that await mankind for the re­main­der of this cen­tury.

In a re­cent CNN in­ter­view he added that one of these per­ils is that “Africa is be­ing left be­hind” in world devel­op­ment and this sug­gests mass mi­gra­tions much larger than we are see­ing now. Your opin­ion piece, “African coun­tries need to be bolder and move faster to en­gi­neer growth” (De­cem­ber 4), states the ob­vi­ous.

I have for­got­ten how many times I’ve read sim­i­lar ar­ti­cles.

There are a few African coun­tries with rea­son­able growth rates, but you’d only need the fingers on one hand to count them.

The rest stag­ger from one cri­sis to an­other, wait­ing for the next aid in­stal­ment to keep them alive. Your pa­per reg­u­larly lists eth­nic pol­i­tics, ram­pant cor­rup­tion and lack of in­fra­struc­ture as the rea­sons why.

With the end of the Zuma era, which meant a decade of stag­na­tion, let’s hope that SA at least has learned the les­son.

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