South Africa’s Slow, Inevitable March Towards Collapse

South Africa’s Slow, Inevitable March Towards Collapse

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Writing by Sam Denby and Tristan Purdy
Editing by Alexander Williard
Animation led by Max Moser
Sound by Graham Haerther
Thumbnail by Simon Buckmaster


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48 Responses

  1. James Rich says:

    As a South African who doesn’t want to ever leave this place, this video makes me so sad and so angry. The absolute and complete incompetence and astounding corruption of the past and present president and other ANC leaders has royally screwed us all, no matter what colour we are

    • RM says:

      why do you keep voting for them

    • PneumaticFrog says:

      ​@RMI’m pretty sure they don’t have a choice.

    • PneumaticFrog says:

      Honestly you should leave, you’ll have a happier life. Doesn’t matter where you live, you make life what you want it to be, leave the country that is going down the shitter and go to another country. Maybe in 20-30 years you can return, especially if you are rich.

    • James Rich says:

      @RM well I obviously don’t personally vote for them. From my experience, and people I’ve encountered, it’s predominantly the less educated who continue to vote for the ANC despite the never ending empty promises

  2. Itsorcacraft says:

    As a South African I 100% agree with this video. This country is collapsing faster and faster every year.
    Edit: You forgot to talk about us breaking the sea by polluting it with literal sh*t
    Edit 2: By breaking the sea I mean there was ecoli in the water. It was something like 5000 times what is acceptable.

  3. Aw3somedude98 says:

    As a South African, I had the privilege to move abroad back in 2018 and I can say its so sad to leave the country I once loved behind, but there is no longer a point to ever go back due to the shear amount of Loadshedding and danger just commuting around the city. I feel like we need a new government who has their eye on the prize and can bring everyone together to work towards a common goal and ensure long lasting success in our nation. Thank you Sam for bringing attention to this issue, as I feel like its needs to be addressed internationally more if we have any hope of fixing South Africa’s shortcomings.

    • Thelonius Punk says:


    • RealFreak69 says:

      Let me guess, you didn’t really pay attention to what he was saying, as one of the things that he pointed out in the video is that people like you that left this country instead of trying to help build it up, is part of the death spiral. SMH.

    • Heaven Baron says:

      @RealFreak69 Why would anyone sacrifice their wellbeing and safety when they can choose not to? You can say its cowardly and not patriotic, but when it comes to living a comfortable life, or living in fear every day, its pretty obvious which people will choose.

  4. FlyWithMe666 says:

    I’m European and worked in South Africa (Joburg/Sandton) in the financial sector for 2 years. I was surprised and impressed by the extremely high professional standards and technical expertise of my South African colleagues. Now, 7 years after my return to Europe, it makes a little sad to see the LinkedIn profiles of so many of my former colleagues, where the vast majority now works in Australia, Ireland or England. They have (had?) so much potential as a nation, but just had the ANC ruin it all. Once the smart ones start leaving, it may be a downward spiral.

  5. Riley Fitzsimons says:

    As a South African, it really saddens me to see the slow collapses of our beautiful nation 😢

  6. Gabriel Fraser says:

    I’m a South African farmer currently doing my paperwork to work in the US, 9 months a year. At this point this is my best option to secure my family’s needs. I completely blame the government. Everything is getting worse.

    • Zeo Samantha Goldstein says:

      Nothing to do with the fact that we a;lso have a dispropotionate part of the land and economy, about 90% -that we have not been willing to equitably share or allow others o articipate in. Nothing of that sort at all.

    • Nicholas Wilson says:

      Met many South Africans working custom harvest crews. Welcome to the states. You’re some of the hardest workers I’ve ever met.

  7. Obakeng Africa says:

    This, by far, has been the most responsible coverage of the crisis South Africa is facing.

  8. Shamrock says:

    South Africa is one of the most beautiful countries that I had the privilege to grow up in, the people are vibrant and the views are diverse and breathtaking, but corruption has crippled the nation, wealth disparity is one of the worst in the world and the government is riddled with nepotism and backroom dealings. I honestly don’t see it getting any better and it aches because it has the potential to be so much more

    • Raymond Salzwedel says:

      The video could have spent a few more minutes on corruption. For more than two years a commission of enquiry into “State Capture” was held. The report was damning. Criminality is clearly evident. No material prosecutions, two years later. He who pays the piper calls the tunes.

    • Celeste says:

      I totally agree with you. I lived in South Africa for 3 years only but it is one of my most favorite memory of all the places I’ve traveled to. It’s such a shame that the miracle didn’t last…

    • Jimson Johnson says:

      As long as you like crime, violence and disease then I guess. With some culture sprinkled in there

    • Thelonius Punk says:

      no it doesn’t

    • Sead Kolasinac says:

      @Jimson Johnson it has much more to it than that

  9. JasonX says:

    I’m an American who has always been intrigued with South Africa. Sounds like the ANC is incompetent and not fit to run the country. There is a lot of potential in South Africa they just need the right leadership.

  10. Rulashe Masuku says:

    I’m from Zimbabwe.. 10 years ago when I was in highschool I told my SA friends that they needed to vote the ANC out or they’ll become like Zim. They laughed and told me SA could never become like Zim. A gross underestimation of what institutional incompetence can do to a country

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