On the last day of May 1902 the signature at Pretoria of the conditions of peace brought to an end a war which
had lasted for nearly three years, and had among other things destroyed a government, dissolved a society, and
laid waste a country. In those last months of fighting some progress had been made with the reconstruction--at
least with that not unimportant branch of it which is concerned with the machinery of government.
The main focus of this publication is the link between South Africa’s grand pan-African ambitions, especially in the area of peace, security and governance, and its own capacity to pursue these objectives. Specifically, the paper examines Pretoria’s involvement in Africa, and internal capacity to support its mediation, peacekeeping and strengthening the abilities of African institutions for peacemaking.
Demcracy SA reports in the shades od public opinion about the quality of governance excercised in South Africa, satisfaction with service delivery, percieved national priorities, political preferences and the economy as captured during the national survey of public opinion conducted in November 1999. Respondents were also asked for there opinions on race relations, the fight against crime and the extent to which they trust various national insttutions such as labour unions, the courts, the police and the media.