A Giant Awakens Inside Africa's Economic Upsurge

In roughly a decade, Africa has gone from being labeled "the hopeless continent" to enjoying an unprecedented boom. In a three-part series, SPIEGEL explores this transformation -- its drivers, winners and losers -- and asks if it can last.
Trade union members protest in a 2008 national strike against the South Africa's rising cost of living.

Trade union members protest in a 2008 national strike against the South Africa's rising cost of living.

GIANLUIGI GUERCIA/ AFP
Translated from the German by Ella Ornstein