SA prides itself on being a resilient nation.

We are putting up with rolling electricity blackouts without demanding that those who caused the Eskom crisis be held to account. We are heading into the winter months with no game plan for survival after being told that the power crisis could last at least six months.

It is interesting to observe how nations respond to the crises that beset them. The Brexit debacle has made the British almost despise themselves for the sheer clumsiness of the process. They hate that the great colonial power has been knocked off its perch and that their future is uncertain — through their own doing. The US is a divided nation. There are those who defend and support Donald Trump no matter what he does, while the other half of the country rebels against his crassness and self-obsession. There are crucial issues at stake while the country does battle with itself, including immigration, women’s rights, gun control and race relations. The great American dream is now in tatters. Last week’s massacre in New Zealand, in which a white supremacist killed 50 people at two mosques in Christchurch, stunned the country ranked the second safest in the world after Iceland. Street gangs The reaction there has been profound. “This isn’t New Zealand,” is the national refrain. People...

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