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State of the Nation: South Africa 2004-2005

John Daniel, Roger Southall, Jessica Lutchman (eds.)

Format210mm x 148mm
ISBN 100-7969-2086-9
ISBN 13978-07969-2086-7
Publish Year2005
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State of the Nation: South Africa 2004-2005 provides a comprehensive and frank picture of contemporary South Africa. Recalling the format of the South African Review that was edited by Glenn Moss and others in the 1980s, and drawing inspiration from the presidential 'State of the Nation' speeches which have become a feature of our new democracy, these annual State of the Nation collections seek to provide empirically-based analysis and assessment of contemporary events and trends from a developmental perspective, reflecting the values that are embedded in the Constitution.

Written by some of the key social scientists in South Africa, the volume provides critical insights into the state of the political parties after the 2004 election, race and identity ten years after the advent of democracy, the performance of the economy and the state of employment and emerging patterns of business ownership. Essays on the state of the military, crime and policing, schooling, arts and culture, the Muslim community and how HIV/AIDS affects families and households are both enlightening and useful. Probing accounts of South Africa's relations with Nigeria and Zimbabwe round off the book.

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List of figures
Mark Orkin

Introduction: President Mbeki’s second term: opening the golden door?
John Daniel, Roger Southall and Jessica Lutchman

Part I: Politics
1 Race and identity in the nation
Zimitri Erasmus
2 The state of parties post-election 2004: ANC dominance and opposition enfeeblement
Roger Southall and John Daniel
3 Rural governance and citizenship in post-1994 South Africa: democracy compromised?
Lungisile Ntsebeza
4 The state of corruption and accountability
Sam Sole
5 The state of the public service
Vino Naidoo

Part II: Society
6 The state of crime and policing
Ted Leggett
7 The state of the military
Len Le Roux and Henri Boshoff
8 The state of South Africa’s schools
Linda Chisholm
9 HIV/AIDS: finding ways to contain the pandemic
Tim Quinlan and Sarah Willan
10 Multiple communities: Muslims in post-apartheid South Africa
Goolam Vahed and Shamil Jeppie
11 The state of the art(s)
Lynn Maree
12 The state of the archives and access to information
Seán Morrow and Luvuyo Wotshela
13 A virtuous circle? Gender equality and representation in South Africa
Shireen Hassim

Part III: Economy
14 An overview of the South African economy
Stephen Gelb
15 Who owns South Africa: an analysis of state and private ownership patterns
Reg Rumney
16 The state of employment
Miriam Altman
17 Black empowerment and corporate capital
Roger Southall
18 ‘Empty stomachs, empty pockets’: poverty and inequality in post-apartheid South Africa
Benjamin Roberts
19 A better life for all? Service delivery and poverty alleviation
David Hemson and Kwame Owusu-Ampomah

Part IV: South Africa in Africa
20 South Africa and Nigeria: two unequal centres in a periphery
John Daniel, Jessica Lutchman and Sanusha Naidu
21 South Africa’s quiet diplomacy: the case of Zimbabwe
Lloyd M Sachikonye



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



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