Mixed emotions visiting the drifting old country – but there’s always hope

By Alec Hogg

Going back to Johannesburg for a couple weeks delivered mixed emotions. As the past always does.

Seeing beggars at every intersection, swerving around absent manhole covers and having in-your-face driving lawlessness is a reminder of the challenges. Ditto the pall of depression that settles in any country where economic growth has stagnated and unemployment grows endlessly.

But there is always hope. I draw mine from August’s metro elections and continued strength of SA’s institutions. As a friend put it, the Zuptas are stress testing every nook and cranny of South African society. Unlike in Zimbabwe, they haven’t managed to break its resilience.

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