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State of the Nation: South Africa 2005-2006 is the third in the HSRCs exciting annual volume of essays on aspects of contemporary politics, economics, society and international relations in South Africa. This series has, in a relatively short period, become established as part of the annual South African scholarly calendar. Coverage in the media, international as well as South African, has been extensive; controversies have been stirred; both previous volumes have been prescribed as university texts locally and abroad; they have found their way into South African embassies around the world and foreign embassies in South Africa; and most importantly, many ordinary South Africans have purchased the books simply to find out more about the complex and fascinating country we live in.

Like the previous two editions, this edition draws together a wide and exciting set of analyses, written by contributors from universities, civil society organisations and the media, as well as from the Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC). State of the Nation: South Africa 2005-2006 includes chapters on the state of land restitution, Parliament, South African soccer, the Chinese communities of South Africa, science and mathematics education, research and development, black economic empowerment, the labour market, the informal economy. There are chapters on the emerging development state, the service delivery targets set by the President in 2004, the implementation of the socio-economic rights provisions of the Constitution, and three chapters on South Africas growing economic involvement in Africa.

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Format : 148mm x 210mm
Pages : 568
ISBN 10 : 0-7969-2115-6
ISBN 13 : 978-07969-2115-4
Publish Year : 2006

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List of figures

Mark Orkin


Introduction: Can South Africa be a developmental state?
Roger Southall

Part I: Politics

Jessica Lutchman

  1. Putting numbers to the scorecard: presidential targets and the state of delivery
    David Hemson and Michael O Donovan
  2. Towards a Constitutional-based definition of poverty in post-apartheid South Africa
    Wiseman Magasela
  3. Delivery and disarray: the multiple meanings of land restitution
    Cherryl Walker
  4. Assessing the constitutional protection of human rights in South Africa during the first decade of democracy
    Karthy Govender
  5. More than a law-making production line? Parliament and its oversight role 
    Judith February
  6. The state of national gender machinery: structural problems and personalised politics 
    Amanda Gouws

Part II: Economy

John Daniel

  1. Black empowerment and present limits to a more democratic capitalism in South Africa
    Roger Southall
  2. The state of labour market deracialisation
    Percy Moleke
  3. The state of the informal economy
    Richard Devey, Caroline Skinner and Imraan Valodia
  4. Work restructuring and the future of labour in South Africa
    Sakhela Buhlungu and Eddie Webster
  5. The state of research and experimental development: moving to a higher gear
    Michael Kahn and William Blankley

Part III: Society

Sakhela Buhlungu

  1. The state of South Africas cities 
    Bill Freund
  2. Guns and the social crisis
    Jacklyn Cock
  3. The Chinese communities in South Africa
    Janet Wilhelm
  4. Winning the Cup but losing the plot? The troubled state of South African soccer
    Merryman Kunene
  5. The state of mathematics and science education: schools are not equal
    Vijay Reddy

Part IV: South Africa in the world

Roger Southall

  1. South Africas evolving foreign trade strategy: coherence or confusion?
    Jesmond Blumenfeld
  2. South Africas relations with the Peoples Republic of China: mutual opportunities or hidden threats?
    Sanusha Naidu
  3. South Africa in Africa: scrambling for energy
    John Daniel and Jessica Lutchman       



Dr Sakhela Buhlungu is Head of the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand. He currently serves on the editorial boards of academic journals, Labour History and Society in Transition. Professor John Daniel was previously Research Director in the Democracy and Governance research programme at the HSRC. In his career as a political science academic, he was seconded to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (1996-1998) where he was part of the research team that wrote the five-volume final report. Professor Roger Southall is a Distinguished Research Fellow of the HSRC and was formerly Professor of Political Studies, Rhodes University. He is General Editor of the Journal of Contemporary African Studies. Jessica Lutchman was previously a researcher in the Democracy and Governance research programme at the HSRC.
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