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December 16, 2013

6 Reasons Why the US Needs to Keep Focus on South Africa

t’s tempting to forget about South Africa, now that Nelson Mandela has found his final resting place.

But the South Africa he transformed is still changing in interesting and surprising ways. The nation is already the economic powerhouse of the continent and has recently muscled its way onto the world stage. It will see watershed elections next year, on the 20th anniversary of its transition to democracy, and that vote may for the first time be heavily influenced by a burgeoning black middle class. Yet the nation still struggles with many problems such as crime, inequality and a horrific rape epidemic.

It’s a potent mix of problems and promise, with a panoply of interesting personalities, fromfirebrand politician Julius Malema to the truly irreplaceable Archbishop Desmond Tutu.

Here, then, are six (of many) reasons to still pay attention to “the rainbow nation.”

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