People always get mad at me whenever I suggest that Zimbabwe might hold some suggestions about South Africa. Yet, it`s as if something happened to Canada, you wouldn`t be too surprised if it later happened to the U.S.
They tend to sputter when denouncing the very idea
that Zimbabwe isn`t just South Africa with a 14 year head start. Everything is so different!
I`ve finally figured out one relevant difference. The old Rhodesians had to work, hard and competently, for their wealth. They were world class farmers, and then during the embargo of 1965-1980, they built up their own industries.
So, when the new rulers of Zimbabwe
started murdering the farmers
, stealing their farms, and driving off the other people who knew how to do stuff, it all went to hell
In contrast, much of South Africa`s economy is mineral, which generates huge profits with small skilled workforce; the mines wealth can paper over much shortfall in other parts of the economy.