Africa declared the most optimistic continent

The adoption of the sustainable development goals declared Africa as the most optimistic continent.

The Pew Centre, a US-based think tank that collaborates with the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation.

PRETORIA - Ahead of this weekend's adoption in New York of the sustainable development goals, Africa has emerged as the most optimistic continent about its medium-term prospects.

This from the Pew Centre, a United States-based think tank that collaborates with the Bill and Melissa Gates Foundation.

The Pew Centre sent its pollsters to nine African countries, including South Africa, between March and May this year.

Almost half of those questioned believed their economy was in good shape, and 56 percent thought things would improve for their children.

But Richard Wike of the Pew Centre told the Institute for Security Studies that Africans are most upbeat about medium-term prospects.

South Africans were the most positive about their immediate condition.