Extract from review by Christopher Saunders (University of Cape Town) in South African Historical Journal (Vol. 51), 2005:
"[T]hese volumes will be useful to historians in the future as a guide to the state of knowledge on key aspects of South African life at the time they were written."
Extract from review by Bertha Chiroro (EISA) in the Journal of African Elections, Vol. 4 Issue 1 pp181-183:
"Written by a mix of senior and junior scholars, and members of civil society, the chapters are of uniformly high quality. ... the book is a valuable resource for readers seeking to understand South Africa’s past, present and future policies on transformation. It is particularly useful for students of South African politics, civil society, and anyone who wishes to celebrate the achievements of the first ten years of South Africa’s democracy, the way it has dealt with apartheid’s past and the challenges of growth that lie ahead."
Extract from review by Anthony Butler (University of Cape Town) in Journal of Southern African Studies, Dec 2005 Vol. 31 Issue 45 pp. 901-903:
"Unlike the legendary anti-apartheid publication, South African Review from which the editors claim to have drawn inspiration, State of the Nation is relentlessly sober, and magnificently exceeds its ambition ‘to provide empirically based analysis and assessment of contemporary events and trends from a developmental perspective’ (2005, p. xi). In contrast to apartheid-era leftist periodicals, the State of the Nation volumes are beautifully produced and contain almost no typographical errors – excepting the first volume’s misspelling of Mathews Phosa (p. 59). There is every reason to hope, moreover, that future volumes will be delivered yearly, rather than falling into the episodic or sporadic pattern characteristic of South African leftist ‘annuals’.
Extract from review by Gordon Freer (University of the Witwatersrand, South Africa) in Labour, Capital & Society (Apr2006), Vol. 39 Issue 1, p168-170:
"The book is an excellent snapshot of an evolving nation, dealing with internal, domestic, regional and global issues. It serves well as an on-going study to the knowledgeable student, and to the newcomer it is a credible introduction to the complexity that is South Africa."
Click on the links below to read the reviews:
New Agenda 01 March 2005
Cape Times 04 February 2005
Saturday Dispatch 29 January 2005
Sunday Independent 31 October 2004
Daily Dispatch 02 November 2004
Cape Times 02 November 2004
Business Day 02 November 2004
Business Day 04 November 2004
African Connexion 01 Dec 2004
The Star 07 January 2005