The BCC World Service, an international multimedia broadcaster, has published its 2011 country rating poll, in which South Africa’s rating has shown a significant increase.
According to the report’s section on South Africa:
Forty-two per cent of people globally have positive views. This represents a seven-point increase since 2010, and is the second highest improvement in positive views among all countries rated, after Brazil. Negative views remained steady at 27 per cent.
… Views are getting warmer in North America, with significant improvements observed in South Africa’s positive influence ratings in Canada (45%, up 9 points) and the US (50%, up 13 points).
“reaffirms South Africa’s standing as being an essential emerging-market player which could no longer be overlooked”.
Grant further stated the fact that the outcomes will give South Africa a lift in advance of its very first meeting as a new member of the Brics (Brazil, Russia, India, China and now South Africa) bloc to be held in China in April.