Published 23 May 2020 by Dr Iqbal Survé

The euphoria and optimism for a bright new future for South Africa were enshrined in its first democratically elected president, Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, says the writer. File picture: Leon Lestrade/African News Agency Archvies

If we increase our spending of our emotional desire for balance, can we proportionately increase our income of peace and equality to form a more just society post-Covid-19?

In 1994, South Africa stepped out of the darkness of segregation and suppression and into an age of light, hope and potential. The euphoria and optimism for a bright new future was enshrined in the nation’s new leader, one Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, who became the country’s first democratically elected president.

This was the identity we created together as a nation and one we presented to the world. On the face of it, as a people, we had overcome our darkest past to unite and move forward to a place where we were all, equal regardless of race, colour or gender. South Africa was globally acknowledged as a leader of human rights, as a progressive society and even as setting a course for the rest of the world to follow, along a path of optimism where anything could be accomplished.

We also began forging a new pan-African identity – with Africans working together for the benefit of Africa and Africans. Such promise.

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