Allister Sparks is the founder of the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism in Johannesburg, South Africa.

In South Africa, the long oppressed majority ethnic community now rules; 21st century technology co-exists with vast economic disparity and the society is at once a fully advanced state and one with massive inequities. South Africa is, therefore, a microcosm of the world and its major post-Cold War issues. The country, if it continues to progress, could be a model for the developing world and a bridge between industrialized and impoverished nations. Journalist Allister Sparks reflects on the possibilities.