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Is South Africa a failed state? Not just yet

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Putting SA on the same level as Somalia as a failed state is disingenuous and ignores the strides the country has made since 1994. Picture: Sadak Mohamed / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images
Putting SA on the same level as Somalia as a failed state is disingenuous and ignores the strides the country has made since 1994. Picture: Sadak Mohamed / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

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On various media platforms lately there have been analyses and opinion pieces that seem to suggest that South Africa is a failing state – meaning that the country is on a downward spiral and set to become the same rubbish dump as Somalia, Afghanistan or Sudan. The Africa Report published in July points to the fact that life expectancy was lower in South Africa than in war-ravaged Afghanistan.

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