Africa Rising: US may be a powerful country, but it is on the decline

Four of the 10 fastest-growing economies in the world in 2017 were in Africa

Skyline of Johannesburg with Ellis park stadium, Gauteng Province, South Africa.

Skyline of Johannesburg with Ellis park stadium, Gauteng Province, South Africa.

A city of contrasts and deep divisions, Johannesburg is vibrant, beating with the tell-tale dynamism of a massive conglomeration going places. There is a sense of urgency, relentlessness and possibility. It is sprawling, dangerous and chaotic, yet bursting at the seams with optimism.

The story of cities is the wonderful human tale of individual self-transformation. Cities are places you move to in order to change yourself. Jo’burg teems with millions of newcomers seeking a better life, trying to get away from somewhere and propel themselves somewhere else. Such is the narrative of all great urban centres throughout history. It is the story of the established classes moving out, replaced by newcomers hoping to move up.

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