South Africa Must Build on Mandela’s Legacy: Haass

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Dec. 6 (Bloomberg) -- Richard Haass, president at Council on Foreign Relations, examines the legacy of Nelson Mandela on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg Surveillance.”

A long time coming.

What is the view forward?

South africa was the beneficiary for two grateful things.

First was the peaceful transition of apartheid to a new political system and his own willingness to live -- and to give up political power after one term as president.

The problem has been since then, the challenge is institutionalizing them up or see, making it a viable economy.

-- institutionalizing democracy, making it a viable economy.

What could be a positive u.s. policy e we have paid lip service but is very tangible projection of washington to benefit south africa and the rest of the sub-saharan continent?


Africa will grow south of the sahara, five percent.

I think the real possibility is with the growing trade to the u.s. market.

We are beginning to see private investment, private equity, and other forms of investment going into south of the sahara.

This is potentially one of the positive stories on the world seem, with the world economy.

It is not get as much attention as they should.

I want to bring in -- he shared the nobel peace prize with nelson mandela.

He wrote, "i first met nelson mandela in 1989. we did not assess any substantive issues -- i love this because he gets past the mythologizing of nelson mandela.

Is there anyone that can sit down and do business in south africa now?

Not quite the same as those two.

The nobel prize does not always get it right when they give out the peace prize.

They gave it -- they got it right with nelson mandela.

South africa was extraordinarily lucky they had two people willing to compromise to make a peaceful political transition.

Right now you do not have leadership of that extraordinary quality.

It is not as good as it needs to be.

There are still 25% unemployment in south africa, and enormous economic inequality, 1/10 of the population has hiv, so enormous challenges and the question is whether the political leadership is up to it.

The jury is out.

Mandela's successors are not at his level.

Your council on foreign relations has provided real leadership in letting us know what africa is doing.

If you had one message to the american people about the future of the continent, what would it be?

Two things, one it has the potential to be one of the economic drivers on the positive side of the next decade.

The other is the democratic -- the demographic challenges.

Africa is going to be one of the parts of the world with the greatest demographic increase.

The future of africa will have a norm is consequences for the world's economy but more broadly as well.

We just have to see how it plays out.

We need to be a part of it.

It certainly has not gotten the attention it deserves.

America needs to learn more about it, go over there more, invest more.

His is one of the real pockets of possibility.

Thank you so much.

Richard haas us with the council of foreign relations.

His book, "foreign policy begins

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