In the past weeks SA has mourned the deaths of George Bizos and Achmat Dangor. In July Andrew Mlangeni, the last surviving Rivonia trialist, died. It’s hard not to feel that a generation of South Africans — lion-hearted, ethical, inspirational — are irretrievably on their way out.

And what of us? The next generations, left to pick up the baton? You’d think we’d seize it and run as if our lives and this country’s future depended on it (which they do). Instead, it’s hard not to feel that the generation handed the baton, now in full maturity, is weighing it puzzlingly, wondering whether they should sell it, toss it or melt it down...

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