South Africans better off than they were in 1994 - report

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Johannesburg - South Africans should be more hopeful about the future because their lives have improved over the past 22 years, the Institute of Race Relations said on Tuesday.

It was important for South Africans not to lose sight of the gains the country had made, "lest we become too pessimistic and cynical about our future and fail to build on the solid foundations that have been laid over the past two decades", research analyst Jon Bonstock told reporters in Johannesburg.

He was speaking at the release of a report, titled Life in South Africa: Reasons for hope. Its findings include that the country’s Gross Domestic Product has increased 33% over the years.

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