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Old September 13th, 2017, 08:37 PM   #1

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Was South Africa ever a developed country?


Even current South Africa is an interesting and contradictory case study:
As one of the BRICS, it is the second largest economy in Africa, behind Nigeria.
It may have some of the best infrastructure in Africa.
It is one of the poster boys of disparity.
The HIV infection rate is among the highest even in Africa.
It is fairly known to be an unsafe and crime-ridden country.
Now, let's roll back the time (using the VHS metaphor), and argue if South Africa was a developed country or not.
How did the concept that South Africa as a previously developed country generate?
How was South Africa during its so-called better days?
Why have South Africa received relatively more global attention than other parts of Africa? I heard of a landslide that killed 1000 people earlier in Africa (on Aljazeera, I think); I did not see it elsewhere.
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Overall, no.

FOr me a developed country has high living standards, consumption, public services, and infrastructure for most of its people relative to other countries. Most whites then and now live OK, but most blacks then and now not so much. It probably is wealthy now compared to other African countries though.

SA has more global attention due to apartheid. Though Rwanda, Congo, Sierra Leone, etc. have had bad wars, and Keyna had a brief but harsh tribal conflict a few years ago.
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The predominantly white areas in South Africa appear to be well developed, and could belong to a developed country.
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Even current South Africa is an interesting and contradictory case study:
As one of the BRICS, it is the second largest economy in Africa, behind Nigeria.
Third, they are also behind Egypt.
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