On the eve of this Valentine's Day Week-End, my mind drifted onward to South Africa. The team finished off on-going weekend curation initatives Our team was working on what we had deemed "NASSIM" to replace "BRICS" as one of the up-and-comers. The reason was that at least three of the BRICS--Russia, Brazil & South Africa--have profound difficulties. I would also note that China has profound challenges on a multitude of fronts as well. The only one that seems to be holding up is India--although one-third of India continues to be faced with insurgencies and inequality continues to be the order of the dya.
What I saw in South Africa was especially troubling as the fissures in South Africa Society was evident when Jacob Zuma was in the South African Parliament on his Annual State of the State Address. The opposition heckled him and the leaders walked out. It was ever so timely as I saw this on The Nelson Mandela Foundation Website which seems to have been forgotten by the current heirs to Madiba's legacy: