“Yes, but there are interesting shortcomings.
For the majority of the population, life is much better. Living standards have grown immensely and most people life is much better. Most people live in modern dwellings and far more have access to running water and electricity. Many more also have access to basic healthcare and access to education. The number of people who suffer from malnutrition or general hunger has plunged. For the average South African, life has improved immeasurably. Race relations have improved greatly and the country is greatly freer from racial strife.
South Africa’s biggest problem, among many, however come from a simple overreliance on the state. 45% of South African’s households rely on state handout just to survive. The race wealth gap is still immense and is only shrinking when whites get poorer. The private sector economy is a basket case; 40% of Blacks are unemployed and among whites the unemployment rate is 8.9%, still pretty high. Only 10% of the black population has full medical coverage.
After Apartheid what happened was quite simple; it was decided to focus on social harmony and equality rather than on building a strong market economy. This was, to be entirely fair, what the majority of South African’s wanted and has indeed improved living standards immensely. Between this and the ‘truth and reconciliation’ groups, much justice was done, but the results could have been better. In 1994 South African GDP (PPP adjusted) was about $9000 per head, whereas China’s was about $200. Now South Africa and China both have GDP/c PPP values of $13,000 and $16,000. Despite the end of Apartheid, other countries have done much, much better at creating wealth for the citizens. Inequality is also stubborn. Whites are still vastly, vastly better off than Blacks and South Africa has one of the highest levels of inequality in the world. More importantly, aside from the judiciary, the government is hugely corrupt.
To be honest, things are better than Apartheid. This is because however, anything is better than Apartheid. Once the economy and military went from oppressing the Black population, to giving handouts to the poor, things improved as one would expect. There has not been, however, an impressive improvement in living standards caused by economic growth and the gap between Blacks and Whites still persists”.
The answer above was given by Joseph Kottenhout on Quora and I strongly agree with him.
Yes, the ANC government have it’s flaws but credit need to be given when it’s due. It saddens me when I hear some people saying apartheid was better than the current government.
We might have selfish,corrupt and greedy leaders but to compare them to the likes of Botha and Verwoed is just low. Many of our elders still have wounds from the past and PTSD which is not treated.
The ANC factions are too loud too but that doesn’t mean we have to write off all the good they have done. All that we hoping for as South Africans is not to be the next Zimbabwe.
Our leaders need to go back to the drawing board and recall why they fought for our freedom, that they now spitting on. We can’t just give merit to one just because of their struggle credentials but how skilled and capable they are to led us to an inclusive economical transformation.
We can’t allow politics of the stomach to be the order of our presidency or allow our state to be captured. We need black industrialists and our youth educated. The only way to reach for our full potential as a nation is for us to be united and fight for the common cause which is getting back the land and an economy that favours all that lives in South Africa.
Our leaders cannot do this solely, they need our support. More reasons we need to honour our privilege of casting our votes when election period comes, staying at home and complaining about our government is not the answer.
Voice out your support and frustration in the polls, pointing out the wrongs of our government is not enough, we need solutions. Together we can make South Africa great. She’s the tip of Africa, holding all the strength that is Africa, we can’t allow her to fall.
Africa shall rise again only if South Africa reigns supreme and unite the rest of Africa to be one.
Let us all unite and make our motherland a giant that she is.