If last week’s nonshutdown advertised SA’s apparent lack of enthusiasm for any sort of revolutionary overhaul, perhaps what it did signify instead was that never since the late 1980s has the country been as ready for a resumption of the real change that began then, but later faltered.  

Arguably, the democratic dividend is greater than is ever acknowledged, greater at any rate than merely being confident that the lights always come on when you press the switch, or that clean water issues from an opened tap.  ..

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