Post the apartheid era (1994), the Nobel Peace prize winner Archbishop Desmond Tutu nicknamed South Africa a “Rainbow Nation” as a reference to the diversity of the country’s population; and also a way of encouraging the unity of the different people of the country following decades of racial division, ethnic segregation and language discrimination. South Africa is labelled a rainbow nation because the colours of the rainbow (red, orange, yellow, green, blue, white, indigo and violet) captures diverse races, ethnic groups, languages, culture and beautiful landscapes very well. This is also because South Africa has managed to reconcile against all odds to find unity in its diversity as a nation. The term rainbow is also regarded as a symbol of hope, promise and it is no wonder that the six colours of the country’s national flag (black, yellow, green, white, red and blue) can also be found in the rainbow. South Africans celebrate these diverse races, cultures and traditions during the month of September, also known as “Heritage Month” with Heritage Day being on the 24th of September every year. We therefore would like to encourage everyone to celebrate their heritage and speak their indigenous languages with pride.
In this month’s issue of Mbalo Brief, our educational article is based on the Poverty Trends in South Africa: An examination of absolute poverty between 2006 and 2015 report (Report No. 03-10-06). Also have a look at our monthly crossword puzzle and solutions for the August 2017 puzzle.
Articles published in this issue are based on results of industry surveys conducted for the months ranging from June to July 2017.
Download: Mbalo Brief – September 2017