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Despite clear evidence of sustained progress, many remain sceptical about Africa. A new report by Ernst and Young highlights the continent's tremendous economic progress over the past two decades with the message: Africa's rise is real.
A major industrialisation drive across Africa is needed for the continent to transform its current growth spurt into sustained social and economic development, Trade and Industry Minister Rob Davies told the South Africa-Turkey Business Forum in Istanbul.
It has taken 10 years of sustained effort and investment for the world to achieve its current momentum in the fight against HIV/Aids, creating the "very real possibility of getting ahead of the epidemic" - but only if the momentum is not lost, says the United Nations.
After six years of sustained hard work and intense global scrutiny of their ability to deliver, South Africa's nine host cities have produced 10 World Cup stadiums - matching and exceeding international standards - which will soon be known to television viewers the world over.