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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Introduction: Can South Africa be a developmental state?
Part I: Politics
- Putting numbers to the scorecard: presidential targets and the state of delivery
David Hemson and Michael O Donovan
- Towards a Constitutional-based definition of poverty in post-apartheid South Africa
- Delivery and disarray: the multiple meanings of land restitution
- Assessing the constitutional protection of human rights in South Africa during the first decade of democracy
- More than a law-making production line? Parliament and its oversight role
- The state of national gender machinery: structural problems and personalised politics
Part II: Economy
- Black empowerment and present limits to a more democratic capitalism in South Africa
- The state of labour market deracialisation
- The state of the informal economy
Richard Devey, Caroline Skinner and Imraan Valodia
- Work restructuring and the future of labour in South Africa
Sakhela Buhlungu and Eddie Webster
- The state of research and experimental development: moving to a higher gear
Michael Kahn and William Blankley
Part III: Society
- The state of South Africas cities
- Guns and the social crisis
- The Chinese communities in South Africa
- Winning the Cup but losing the plot? The troubled state of South African soccer
- The state of mathematics and science education: schools are not equal
Part IV: South Africa in the world
- South Africas evolving foreign trade strategy: coherence or confusion?
- South Africas relations with the Peoples Republic of China: mutual opportunities or hidden threats?
- South Africa in Africa: scrambling for energy
John Daniel and Jessica Lutchman