South Africa’s passion for nature preservation dates back to 1898 when the government established the forerunner of today’s Kruger National Park, the continent’s oldest safari preserve, where visitors can see all of Africa’s most popular animals. By contrast, the government is striving to erase any legacy of apartheid, the obsolete social policy that suppressed South Africa’s native black majority and gave power to immigrant Europeans. Though South Africa still struggles with social and economic disparities, opinion polls reflect widespread optimism that integration is headed in the right direction. The challenge remains daunting, however. South Africans, who speak 11 different official languages (one of which is English), include nine black ethnic groups, Europeans, Malays, Indians and Chinese. In today’s Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city, stock traders leave their glass-and-steel offices talking on cell phones and pass medicine shops selling jars of lizards’ feet and crocodile fat. South Africans come together, though, in a pan-cultural enthusiasm for soccer.

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