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2019 will mark a quarter of a century of democratic government in South Africa, an important milestone to judge whether its ANC government has achieved success or failure. In the education sector, ‘Chasing Mandela’s Rainbow’ delivers a balanced assessment by investigating a range of privileged and underprivileged black children’s schooling and home lives. It illustrates that the legacy of inequality from the dark days of Apartheid is still entrenched, proving that the more disadvantaged one is there, the harder it is to prosper. It's important to examine education in South Africa in conjunction with children's backgrounds because some of its leaders in government, finance, industry, mining, transport, business and trade have emerged mostly from a liberation movement, who received a bad education as children. For a brighter future it is crucial that the quality of education provided for its leaders and work force is of the highest standard, in order to ensure its citizens adhere to the rule of law and it becomes a stable economic global power in the developing BRICS nations. The film points to both the possibility of a brighter but also the threat of a darker future too. 

 

Phendulani Buthelezi is destined to become a civil engineer, perhaps also captain of the Springboks. He might even follow in Mandela's footsteps as a leader of exceptional stature and integrity. The traumatised and heroic girl, Andile Mabaso, dreams of becoming a much needed doctor, if she can overcome her ordeals and improve in maths. A child who is most at risk of failing is Mahlatse Mogadingoane. He might either end up in a life of crime, or blossom as a great businessman one day. 

A South African and international audience of all age groups will become aware of South Africa's most pressing problem: that of an underpinning educational inequality which is damaging its socioeconomic prospects and its battle against family breakdown, poverty, crime and corruption. Mandela’s dream of racial harmony and the integration of black, white, Asian and mixed-race people into a future, prosperous society can only be achieved by the provision of quality education for all.