After Apartheid: Reinventing South Africa? by Ian Shapiro, Kahreen Tebeau

By Ian Shapiro, Kahreen Tebeau

Democracy got here to South Africa in April 1994, while the African nationwide Congress received a landslide victory within the first loose nationwide election within the country's historical past. That definitive and peaceable transition from apartheid is usually mentioned as a version for others to stick with. the recent order has because survived numerous transitions of ANC management, and it avoided a in all probability destabilizing constitutional trouble in 2008. but huge, immense demanding situations stay. Poverty and inequality are one of the maximum on the planet. extraordinary unemployment has fueled xenophobia, leading to lethal aggression directed at refugees and migrant staff from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Violent crime premiums, quite homicide and rape, stay grotesquely excessive. The HIV/AIDS pandemic was once shockingly mishandled on the optimum degrees of presidency, and an infection premiums stay overwhelming. regardless of the country's uplifting luck of web hosting Africa's first global Cup in 2010, inefficiency and corruption stay rife, infrastructure and simple providers are frequently semifunctional, and political competition and a unfastened media are stressed. during this quantity, significant students chronicle South Africa's achievements and demanding situations because the transition. The contributions, all formerly unpublished, symbolize the state-of-the-art within the research of South African politics, economics, legislations, and social coverage.

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Real gross national income per capita rose by about one-fourth between 1994 and 2007, which might have been expected to have had a dramatic effect on poverty (although faster growth would, of course, have been better). Continuing poverty and inequality were, rather, the product of the overall economic growth path, which continued to be capital- and skill-intensive. Growth may not have been entirely “jobless,” but the benefits were concentrated on the better skilled and already employed. Continued adherence to the growth path of the apartheid period inevitably resulted in persistent unemployment, especially among the less skilled, and hence continuing poverty.

Its election manifesto, entitled A People’s Contract to Create Work and Fight Poverty, emphasized the creation of “a more caring society” and a “radical” reduction in unemployment and poverty (ANC 2004). ). In May 2006, President Mbeki himself told Parliament that “between 1994 and 2004, the real incomes of the poorest 20 percent of our population increased by 30 percent” (Mbeki 2006). More detail was provided in a “discussion document” on macrosocial trends in South Africa. “The proportion of people with low (poverty) income increased marginally during the period 1993 to 2000,” the government conceded, but recent research “shows that there has been a marked decline in poverty since 2000, from approximately 18,5 million poor people to approximately 15,4 million poor people in 2004” (South Africa 2006a, 12).

5). Surveys conducted around 1994 suggested that the unemployment rate was less than 20 percent, when a strict or narrow definition of unemployment (including only active job seekers) was used, and about 30 percent when a broad or expanded definition was used (including people who want employment but are not looking for it in supposedly “active” ways). Unemployment rates rose steadily under post1994 ANC governments, at least until 2002. 1 shows unemployment using the narrow and broad definitions; the 1993 data come from the 1993 PSLSD survey, the 1994–99 data from OHSs, and the 2000–2007 data from the LFSs conducted in September of each year.

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