South Africa has been making international headlines over recent months.

The last time the country grabbed global attention to this extent, was when Nelson Mandela was released from prison and during the first democratic election in 1994.

More recently, the Marikana blood-bath, the rape scourge, “Blade runner” Oscar Pistorius killing his model girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and the Daveyton police brutality incident have tainted our image locally and abroad.

South Africa has made the headlines across the world for all the wrong reasons over recent months – and even locally many appear to be disillusioned about what has been happening.

Speak to family, friends and colleagues in other parts of the world and the first thing they ask is what is happening in South Africa.

I travelled to the US late last year, weeks after the Marikana incident. People were constantly asking about the many mine workers who were shot…

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