Blings of change

Our report last week about South African beauties' interactions with Nigerian tycoons solicited a variety of responses.

Our report last week about South African beauties' interactions with Nigerian tycoons solicited a variety of responses.

On the surface it might look like another sex-and-sin story. We think it was more than that.

South Africa has been changing quite quickly since we opened our borders in 1994. While most of the attention has been on the political changes, another lifestyle is fast taking shape.

Crass materialism and bling psychology are taking root. In the process, women are becoming increasingly commodified and objectified.

That report was about the society we are becoming. We, too, thought long and hard before making the decision to run it. We hope we opened your eyes to what we as a society are becoming. The rest we leave up to you.

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