The beautiful terrain of South Africa is home to some of the most abundant wildlife in Africa. Each year million of tourists visit the country, hoping to catch a glimpse of elephant, lions, and other animals. Beneath the ground are great deposits of such minerals as platinum, gold, and diamonds.
Unfortunately, South Africa's history is less beautiful than its landscape and its diamonds. For most of the 20th century, the state operated under a policy of apartheid, which separated racial groups and treated black Africans as second-class citizens. After years of discrimination, apartheid was abolished after the 1994 election of Nelson Mandela as president of South Africa. Today this highly diverse country continues to move beyond its troubled past, as it is one of the most stable countries in Africa both politically and economically.
Table of Contents
Introduction Robert I. Rotberg 6
A Postcard-Perfect Land 11
Troubling Past, Promising Future 19
A Young Republic 39
South Africa's Financial Landscape 47
Rainbow Nation 55
South Africa's Urban Gems 65
A Calendar of South African Festivals 74
Project and Report Ideas 80
Further Reading/Internet Resources 84
For More Information 85