Leading article: A touch of magic where it's needed
Wednesday 06 January 1999
It would none the less be wrong to dismiss his trip as a bit of glitter- seeking. Anglo-South-African relations remain critical for both sides, for Britain for reasons of exports and for South Africa for reasons of inward investment. Both of these need more than a handshake and some meaningless rhetoric at the moment. Despite all the problems, Mandela's personality, his "goodness," has kept him above the international setbacks, and the disappointments, of post-apartheid Africa.
But the concerns are there and are growing. Business confidence has been corroded by internal political divisions within the government and by suspicions that Mandela's expected successor, Thabo Mbeki, and a substantial body of the African National Congress leadership would like to row back from the free market reforms introduced by Mandela. Optimism has also been shaken by the level of violence experienced in the urban centres.
Mandela has recently complained that white commitment has been too little and too shallow. And he has a point. South Africa of all countries needs and deserves investment for the long haul from the outside and co-operative belief on the inside. But in return the Pretoria government has to give more reassurance than it has so far that Mandela's retirement later this year will not see a return to a more restrictive economic policy.
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