Does South Africa a serve as a developmental barometer for the rest of Africa?
- SimonLv 56 years agoFavorite Answer
Absolutely not! If you travel to Africa you will soon see for yourself that there are, at most, three other countries in Africa whose development is similar to South Africa's. Those three countries development is not similar in scale, but in type. By that I mean that those three countries (Namibia, Botswana, and maybe... no) do not possess nearly the amount of clean drinking water, schools, clinics, formal employment, tax base, and electricity, for example (these are merely examples!!!), which South Africa does, but that they do possess such indicators of development fairly broadly.
Conversely, you simply cannot find such development on any kind of scale anywhere else in Africa, apart from Muslim North Africa, sort of.
Nigeria, Kenya, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Senegal, Sierra Leone, Ethiopia, Congo (both), Zimbabwe, The Gambia, Guinea (all three of them), Madagascar, Ghana, etc. ad infinitum all lack any broadness of development. Unlike Namibia and Botswana, the rest of Africa has tiny spots of development here and there, at best.
So to say that South Africa's factories, banking system, tax collection system, population registration system, mines, roads, clean water, computer manufacturers, land-line telephones, world-class hospitals - albeit inferior to the past, almost world class universities - albeit far inferior to the past, state television channels, digital satellite television, school feeding scheme, GDP, average wages, and so on and so forth, are a barometer of how well the rest of Africa is developing is incorrect.
- Anonymous6 years ago
No way South Africa and Kenya are to countries that do Not show how the Rest Live Just across the Boarder Zimbabwe it is in a state of Stagnation was the food Bowl of southern Africa Now an empty Dust Bowl
there is about a 25 % unemployment in south Africa where other African countries have 80%
South Africa does Not mechanize Like western countries Like comparing Sugar cane Harvesting in AU mechanized
in South Africa they prefer to use people to reduce unemployment South Africa has Potential but has only been a United Country since about 1994
and they are doing their best which is Better than most of the Rest and cannot and Must Not be used as a Barometer for the Rest of Africa
- 6 years ago
only a few