Looking back on the last 20 years, there is much to celebrate about South Africa’s progress.
Indeed, we could easily have become a Syria, Libya, Iraq, or Ukraine—but our leaders had the foresight and the wisdom to give us the amazing gift of a united, inclusive, nonracial constitutional democracy.
We can be proud of some great achievements. When we went to the polls in 1994, South Africa was technically bankrupt—yet since then, the economy has tripled in size.
Every year, we add 400,000 black families to the middle class. We have lifted 1 million people out of poverty and we have built 3 million houses.