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Felton 1 Leea Felton March 15, 2010 South Africa is a nation that has come a long way since its days of colonization, most of which is due to its involvement in international policies, and organizations. The state that South Africa is in politically, economically, and socially can be directly connected to the influences it receives from core nations, and global organizations. Unlike other large and more powerful nations, South Africa struggled for independence up until the early 1990’s causing them to be very behind in the global market. With help from international organizations like the IMF and the United Nations, it has been able to enter the international playing field, and re shape its role in global development. It’s important to understand how South Africa became a nation so dependent on the influence and help of core nations. The nation spent so many years colonized, that once independence was gained the South African government had no blueprint on how to be run efficiently. They at first began to desperately reach out to the United States for support, only to soon conclude that the U.S. wasn’t eager to aid them. According to South African officials, American policies to “help” were actually hindering South Africa’s growth, all playing apart in global politics. Because of the lack of support, South Africa was forced to look towards its former rulers for financial support. The relationship was one of resentment, admiration, respect, and hostility. Despite the mixed feelings towards former colonizers, facts are, Britain, its language, and educational values still control many aspects of South African society.
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Felton 2 Before beginning to put together the nation’s new political system, the nation needed to get ideas and concepts from other nations, on how to govern themselves efficiently. Their knowledge of democracy, and other governmental institutions, was made possible by the influence, an increase of media. During the decades of Apartheid, the corrupt South African
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