Gateway to 'the rainbow nation'

The rainbow nation, South Africa, has come a long way on the road to tolerance in the eight years since independence. Violent crime, joblessness, poverty, AIDS, and a shaky economy still dominate the headlines, but the people you meet on the street give cause for hope.

Apartheid has gone, and we found genuine friendliness and relaxed cooperation among the people we shopped with at the Gateway Mall at Umhlanga Ridge, about 30 miles north of the coastal city of Durban. It's the largest shopping center in the Southern Hemisphere—the length of seven football fields from end to end—cut into the cane fields that once rolled down to the wide, white beaches of the Indian Ocean.

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