Young democracy described
as ‘vibrant,’ seen optimistically
A view of the Alexandria township on the outskirts of Johannesburg from where Andrew Harding filed his report.
FEW AMERICANS are getting the enlightenment about recent positive developments in Africa that is being presented all week by BBC News.
“As the Organisation (sic) of African Unity celebrates its 50th anniversary, the BBC has been looking at the continent’s growing prosperity,” it notes on its website.
On Wednesday evening I picked up my ears when I heard “South Africa.”
As an expatriate who lived the first 23 years of my life in that country, and a witness to the revolution of the 1990s, South Africa still has a special place in my heart.
The two-minute BBC segment acknowledges the huge problems the country faces, but calls it a “vibrant” and optimistic land.
The BBC website where the report on south Africa can be found. Click the image to Go directly to the report.
IF YOU DELVE deep enough into the archives on this site, and also visit my Dreamweaver site, you will find that I began my career in 1974 as a cub reporter with South African Associated Newspapers – a chain of morning dailies spanning the country.
I emigrated to the United States in 1975, leaving behind a draconian regime known then as Apartheid.
What none of us at the time could foretell was the peaceful transition to majority rule that occurred in the 1990s.
Both South African President F.W. de Klerk and ANC leader Nelson Mandela were honored for their efforts in 1993 with a Nobel Peace Prize.
Mandela became South Africa’s first democratically elected president in 1994.
REPORTING FROM ALEXANDRA township just outside of Johannesburg on Wednesday, BBC News reporter Andrew Harding managed to squeeze into 2:08 minutes an insightful analysis of the country’s present and future
“On the crowded streets of Alexandra, there are some who will tell you South Africa isn’t working,” he begins.
“Crime and unemployment certainly have deep roots in this township on the edge of Johannesburg….
“… A sluggish economy plays into the hands of
The Pan African Shopping Centre (sic) – could be any mall and suburban America.
But it certainly does not end there.
The rest of the piece is decidedly upbeat.
Here is the wrap: “South Africa has huge problems but it sometimes undersells itself. This is a young vibrant country tapping into the rising confidence of an entire continent.”
I would let you view the entire video without leaving this site, but since I was last there BBC News has apparently eliminated access to the embed code.
I certainly can understand its desire drive traffic to its own website, but this is the first public television channel I have discovered that disallows in embedding.
If I am wrong or just blind, I trust somebody from the BBC set me right.
Visit the site and watch the video by clicking on this link.