‘Mandela made sure that the flow of profits from South African mines and agriculture into the coffers of foreign investors and the white business elite wasn’t interrupted by the implementation of the ANC’s economic justice program, with its calls for nationalising the mines and redistributing land. Instead, Mandela dismissed calls for economic justice as a “culture of entitlement” of which South Africans needed to rid themselves. That he managed to persuade them to do so meant that the peaceful digestion of profits by those at the top could continue uninterrupted.’
So, whilst racial apartheid in South Africa appears to have diminished, economic apartheid seems to be deeply embedded and inequalities extreme.
During a melancholic reverie this week, I had a small moment of turmoil. An email arrived suggesting I might want to nominate this blog for the UK blog of the year award! The person who sent it is lovely and was encouraging and well-meaning. I saw that one of the judges was indeed, Arts for Health ally and sponsor, Professor John Ashton - again, someone I admire. So my natural inclination was, go for it! So I uploaded my favourite pages from the last few years and an outline of what this ‘networking’ blog is - and pressed the submit button.
...and I say it every week, but thank you for popping in to read this...