oa Africa Insight - South Africa and Africa

Volume 20, Issue 4
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



I was asked to make a few remarks on Southern Africa towards the year 2000. The year 2000 seems far away, but in effect it is only nine years distant; and 1980 was just the other day. The year 2000 knocks on the door for Africa and Southern Africa. What reception will there be for the turn of this century? In the last century, and for the greater part of this century, Africa experienced turmoil, turbulence and fragmentation - colonialism; the Berlin Conference of 1895; the exploitation of its resources for the benefit of the colonial powers. This was followed by the decolonization process, coupled with superpower competition, with conflicting ideologies and global objectives. South Africa became isolated from the rest of the continent because of apartheid.

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