South Africa

As admirably altruistic as it sounds, the problem with voluntourism is its singular focus on the volunteer’s quest for experience, as opposed to the recipient community’s actua...(full article)

Pistorius needs to convince the court that his alleged fear of an intruder was not irrational and that his response to this alleged fear was reasonable. That is why he has alleged ...(full article)

In the wake of allegations of corruption under Jacob Zuma, the ANC is no longer able to count on Nelson Mandela’s powerful legacy to maintain a lock on politics in South Afri...(full article)

There are few better symbols of the decline in the ANC's popularity than the row over the president's homestead....(full article)

A well-known athlete, who is white, is charged with murder after shooting and killing his girlfriend, a model and reality show star who also happens to be white....(full article)

Most Recent Articles

Four Reasons Oscar Pistorius May Go Free - Eboni Williams, Daily Beast

South Africa’s former Olympic golden boy, Oscar Pistorius, went on trial for murder this week. The entire world was rocked last Valentine’s Day when Pistorius admitted ...

Life, Death & Game Theory in South Africa - Stephen L. Carter, Bloomberg

The threat to arrest men buried deep underground at first blush seems cruel. But the government is on the horns of a dilemma. The Department of Mineral Resources estimates annual l...

When Van Zandt & Paul Simon Debated Mandela - Africa Is a Country

Basically, the set up is this: In the early stages of the project, Van Zandt traveled to South Africa, where he met with black activists and experienced the effects of Apartheid fi...

South Africa: The Nation That Gave Up Its Nukes - F.W. De Klerk, LA Times

It would be a mistake to think that the end of the Cold War also ended the threat posed by nuclear weapons. Nuclear-armed states continue to deploy huge arsenals of nuclear weapons...

Ukraine to S. Africa: End of History (Again)? - Leon Hadar, AmCon Mag

The American media tend to downplay the ethnic and regional strains underlying the political tensions at the core of the color revolutions, not to mention the Arab spring. Recall t...

South Africa Had Already Left Mandela Behind - David Blair, Telegraph

After the funeral, South Africa will remain much as before -- just as its hero would have hoped....

Mandela and the Question of Violence - Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

One should never lose sight of why America preaches nonviolence to some people while urging other people to arms....

The ANC After Nelson Mandela - The Guardian

The party as a whole is open to the criticism that its structure reflects the pernicious doctrine of democratic centralism....

Mandela Dies, but Apartheid Lives - Charles Crawford, The Commentator

Why does apartheid logic live on so strongly in so many countries? Because it gives an over-powerful state the power to manipulate citizens and enrich certain powerful dishonest lo...

The Threat to Mandela's Economic Legacy - Mike Cohen, Bloomberg BW

Nelson Mandela, who died on Dec. 5, emerged from 27 years in prison in 1990 pledging to seize South Africa’s mines and banks. Instead, his government slashed spending and cou...

Mandela Sanitized by Hypocrites and Apologists - Seumas Milne, Guardian

The ANC liberation hero has been reinvented as a Kumbaya figure in order to whitewash those who stood behind apartheid....

After Mandela, the Hard Part - The Australian

Governing South Africa after decades of apartheid was never going to be easy. As the country's leaders begin the ceremonies that will culminate in Nelson Mandela's burial in the hu...

The Unsung Legacy of Nelson Mandela - Robert Tracinski, RealClearPolitics

The memorial service for former South African prisoner-turned-president Nelson Mandela cemented the widespread portrayal of Mandela as a kind of secular saint—and the vilificatio...

The Mess in South Africa - R.W. Johnson, London Evening Standard

The country has become utterly corrupt under ANC rule. Government ministers enrich themselves more or less openly. After all, Zuma’s palace at Nkandla tells one how the Presi...

Why Mandela Was Unique - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

We have lost a unique kind of leader on the world stage, but how did Mandela amass so much moral authority?...

A Moment of Praise for F.W. de Klerk - Barbara McDougall, Globe and Mail

Most particularly, I think of F.W. de Klerk, elected leader of South Africa’s National Party and therefore president of the country in 1990. His first act as president was to...

Obama Defies the Dictators at Mandela Service - Frida Ghitis, CNN

It's a pity that so many are focusing on a handshake between President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. They are missing the much more poignant events that unfolded du...

Nelson Mandela Sold Out Black South Africans - Noah Feldman, Bloomberg

The international community rightly reveres Nelson Mandela as a man of peace. But he was not a saint -- and for that we should be grateful. He brought peace through his ability to ...

Why Conservatives Struggle with Mandela's Legacy - Isaac Chotiner, TNR

There are several reasons for this Cold War blindness, and some of them are not at all dishonorable. Our system of government is vastly better than the Soviet Union's was. The coll...

Reagan Was Right on South Africa - Pat Buchanan, Creators Syndicate

In 1986, there were 40,000 Cuban troops in Angola, where South Africa was a fighting ally and backer of anti-Communist Jonas Savimbi. In Zimbabwe, Robert "Comrade Bob" Mugabe, hav...

Arab World Needs Its Mandela -- and de Klerk - Richard Spencer, Telegraph

You cannot be magnanimous in your victory over a defeated dictatorship if the dictator refuses to step down, the common trait of Middle Eastern leaders. I hardly need to name names...

How Mandela Shifted on Free Markets - Andrew Ross Sorkin, NY Times

When you think about Nelson Mandela, you probably think about freedom — free people, free country, free speech. What may be overshadowed by Mr. Mandela’s extraordinary legacy...

Dictator Honors Liberator - Alex Massie, The Daily Beast

Raúl Castro got his moment in the spotlight at Nelson Mandela’s funeral, but the the real headlines will come when Cuba finally finds a real liberator of its own....

The Mandela Myth - R.W. Johnson, The National Interest

How best to appreciate the huge world-wide acclaim for Nelson Mandela, the endless eulogies from politicians, TV and film stars, politicians, and other celebrities? The beginning o...

ANC Has Lost Glue That Keeps It Together - William Gumede, Guardian

For some years now, the ANC's hegemony has been straining under the weight of its inability to reduce poverty or deliver jobs and effective public services. With Mandela gone, it i...

Mandela's Death Reveals His Country's Problems - Anne Applebaum, Slate

In Johannesburg a few months ago, I asked a young, black, and politically savvy South African journalist how his newspaper would cover Nelson Mandela's death. He shook his head: He...

Mandela the Politician - Stanley Greenberg, Bloomberg

I spent two decades working to defeat apartheid -- the greatest injustice of our time -- and strengthen the ANC. I understood the symbolic power of Mandela’s rise. What I had...

Mandela's Impact Felt Far Beyond South Africa - Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The death Thursday of South African leader Nelson Mandela marked the end of his life at 95, but not the end of his impact on the people of South Africa, Africa and the world....

The Left's Phony Mandela Outrage - Seth Lipsky, Haaretz

One of the lessons of Mandela’s life, as Beast headline writers sum up Beinart, is that “America isn’t always a force for freedom.” Duh. He neglects to ment...

Why Left-Leaning Mandela Embraced Capitalism - Jake Bright, Quartz

There are a lot of directions Mandela could have taken the country in those early post-apartheid days. At each juncture, he seemed to make the right call. When it came to the count...

Nelson Mandela: Neither Sell-Out Nor Saint - Zakes Mda, The Guardian

Mandela saved my country from a bloodbath, but his focus on the symbols of reconciliation was at the expense of real economic reform in South Africa....

Mandela's Trial and Tribulations - George Bizos, Mail & Guardian

Mandela, with the concurrence of all his co-accused and the legal team, decided that they would challenge the legitimacy of the regime. He would make a statement from the dock and ...

Death of a Statesman - Dawn

Even the world’s most prestigious award, the Nobel Peace Prize, was too small an honour for the giant Nelson Mandela was. Perhaps a more poignant tribute came from Bishop Desmond...

The Man Behind the Mandela Myth - John Campbell, Foreign Policy

For most of the world, Nelson Mandela is a hero of the struggle against apartheid and for nonracial democracy. The election of Mandela, the father of democratic South Africa, as pr...

South Africa Mustn't Squander Mandela's Legacy - Daily Mail

South Africa – and the world – was blessed that, in Mandela, the 20th century also had a man of the most generous spirit and humbling humanity. We must only hope that the count...

Mandela's Thatcherite Turn Betrayed Poor - John Pilger, New Statesman

With democratic elections in 1994, racial apartheid ended and economic apartheid had a new face. The Botha regime had offered black businessmen generous loans, allowing them to set...

India's Powerful Lesson - Jonathan Freedland, The Guardian

There are to be five days of national mourning for Nelson Mandela – not in South Africa, but in India. I know because I happened to wake to the news of his death in Delhi, wh...

We Will Always Need Madiba - Mail & Guardian

Our farewell to Nelson Mandela must not be final - we must refuse to say goodbye to his example, his ideals, and the dream we share with him....

Madiba: A Symbol of the Power of Good - Mark Gevisser, Mail & Guardian

Nelson Mandela will be remembered as a symbol for wisdom, for the ability to change, and the power of reconciliation....

How Mandela Changed South Africa - John Campbell, Council on FR

Nelson Mandela was the father of the current democratic South Africa that replaced the odious apartheid state. His primary legacy is a multiracial South Africa under the rule of l...

Nelson Mandela: Insurgent and Freedom Fighter - Max Boot, Commentary

His example should dispel any illusions, so popular in the historical profession, that history is made by impersonal forces. Mandela’s example is a ringing endorsement of wha...

Nelson Mandela: Conscience of the World - Eugene Robinson, Wash Post

Madiba, as he was familiarly known to South Africans, personified his country in a way that few individuals have. It is no exaggeration to say that he served as the conscience of h...

South Africa After Mandela - Los Angeles Times

A new generation of leaders there has put his legacy of inclusiveness, selflessness and moderation in jeopardy....

Mandela: Honored Now, but Hated Then - Peter Beinart, The Daily Beast

If we turn the late South African leader into a nonthreatening moral icon, we’ll forget a key lesson from his life: America isn’t always a force for freedom....

A Giant Passes - The Economist

AMong Nelson Mandela’s many achievements, two stand out. First, he was the world’s most inspiring example of fortitude, magnanimity and dignity in the face of oppressio...

About South Africa

  • Republic of South Africa
  • Population: 49,052,489 (24th)
  • Area Size: 471,445 sq mi (25th)
  • GDP: $492.2 billion (26th)
  • Currency: Rand (ZAR)
  • Official Language: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
  • Capital City: Pretoria
  • Largest City: Johannesburg

South Africa Prosperity Rank: 69

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