|South Africa, almost
alone amongst emerging market economies, is set to escape virtually
unscathed from the latest bout of investor panic sweeping the
developing world's fragile economies (The Times, London, August
2001) The SA banking sector has been consistently ranked in
the top 10 in terms of competitiveness (IMD, Switzerland)
Nelson Mandela was inaugurated President in 1994, SA was insolvent
(liabilities exceeded assets). Today the Government's deficit
is negligible - one of only a handful of countries in this position.
We've had single digit inflation since 1993 - following 20 years
of double-digit inflation. Mortgage rates are at their lowest
level since 1988.
South Africa is one of only 12 countries, where we can drink
water from a tap. Our tap water was found to be the 3rd best
quality in the entire world.
Remember 16 years ago, in 1986 - A state of emergency was declared,
white men did two years compulsory military service, 64 184
black people were removed from "white areas", 3989
people were detained without trial, our economic growth rate
was 0.7 percent. Today it is 3%. 64 countries had sports boycotts
against SA !!!
African wines win international awards every year and we have
the longest wine route in the world.
Nelson Mandela, an international icon of forgiveness, tolerance,
and humanity is our favourite son
The Kruger Park has the most innovative management of a national
park anywhere in the world - and is the world's most profitable
Eskom is the largest producer of coal-fired electricity in the
world and South Africans pay the least for electricity in the
Mercedes Benz C Class, BMW 3 Series and VW Golf/Jetta vehicles
for all right-hand drive markets throughout the world are produced
in South Africa.
Didata grew from a local IT service provider into a huge, global
networking company with branches in 30 countries.
The Cape Peninsula has more species of plants here per hectare
than any other area of the world.
South African Breweries is the 4th largest brewer in the world
and produces over 50% of China's beer!
Warm, friendly, vibrant rainbow people.
The world's most progressive Constitution
Kreepy Kraulies - a South African invention
Mrs Ball's chutney and biltong
The world's best looking population
"Leader's deal in hope - I give many speeches nearly daily and
I talk about positives. Many have forgotten the Kasspirs and
guns - its paradise now in comparison."
"I've got four children and ten grandchildren and we are staying
right here". Raymond Ackerman, CEO Pick 'n Pay.
"For every guy who holds up a gun, there are 99 who hold out
a hand of friendship" - Dennis Beckett, journalist.