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25 Sep 2021
7:15 am

Our new heritage in SA should be celebration of strength in diversity


The United States rose to the status of a superpower because of its human capital.

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People from across the world were drawn to the land of opportunity, which pledged, as the plaque on the Statue of Liberty says: “Give me your tired, your poor, your huddled masses yearning to breathe free…” The sum of America’s polyglot group of settlers was indeed bigger than its whole – and while people remembered their heritage, they built a new identity as Americans. While that national unity is under strain these days, it is still apposite to point out that South Africa is similar in many ways. Most of us are settlers, in one way or another. Yet, combined,...