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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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Pages : 648
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2086-9
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2086-7
Publish Year : 2005

List of tables
List of figures
Mark Orkin

Introduction: President Mbekis 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 Africas 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
Sen 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 Africas quiet diplomacy: the case of Zimbabwe
Lloyd M Sachikonye


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