There may be a fair amount of criticism of the government and widespread protests, but the reality is, South Africa's democracy is stronger than it has ever been. Citizens can criticise without fear and turn anger into positive action.
Governance has become increasingly important in the past decade as African economies have posted significant growth. This brings social change which calls on governments to implement more effective governance systems, a debate on the Ibrahim Index hears.
Dr Mo Ibrahim, businessman, academic and philanthropist, delivered the 11th Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the University of South Africa in Pretoria on 17 August 2013. The theme for this year’s lecture was Building Social Cohesion and was a call to all Africans to work towards unity and democracy.
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South Africa’s overall global reputation has remained steady for the second consecutive year – this is according to the latest Anholt-GfK Nation Brands Index, an annual survey which measures global perceptions of 50 countries worldwide.
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