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futurefact finds: Awarding South Africa

This article was written by futurefact for The Media.

This month the magazine is featuring The Most Awards so what better time than to look at those aspects of our country that are worth applauding? We spend a great deal of time noticing the problems, worrying about the issues and generally being somewhat negative about many factors beyond our control as mere citizens in our society.

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Most of us are not looking for someone to blame

Columnist Max du Preez (5 May 2015) described South Africa as a nation of victims who spend their lives looking for someone or something to blame for their problems. Outsiders, he writes, (in this instance overseas academics) “were astonished at our lack of appreciation of South Africa’s stability, vibrancy and progress”. They were hugely impressed by “the most sophisticated infrastructure, economy and business sector in the so-called Third World… They are impressed with the openness of our society and the robustness of the racial, class and ethnic debates.