I have to admit I am barely following the European press. But from time to time I am interested not only what is going on in Europe, but in the perception of Africa, and especially South Africa.
I was expecting the Marikana killings would fuel the doom-laden commentary about South Africa. Especially since the economics centric press and broadcast in South Africa doesn’t get tired to repeat its whining about the negative impact on South Africa’s image abroad and on the “so much needed” foreign investors. (To be honest I am getting sick and tired about these spineless proponents and apologists of capitalism.)
Did I look too late? Or not careful enough? I didn’t find any reflection on South Africa lately.
The more I enjoyed reading in the Mail & Guardian (“Africa’s Best Read) a comment by Thomas Cargill, assistant head of the Africa programme at Chatham House, an independant policy institute based in London. I guess his view doesn’t get much publicity in Europe either.