This paper examines the political and socio-economic factors that contributes to and constrains upon democratisation throughout South Africa and the African continent. The emphasis of the research is on the policies and impact of government, business and civil society in relation to capacity to the reduction of prevailing inequality and poverty in communities. The paper also raises issues of community empowerment as a way to promote local, national and regional sustainable development in the African continent....
Since 1994 the HSRC has conducted public opinon surveys to determine shifting patterns of support and perceptions of social issues and democracy. These surveys are condicted on a randomly selected national sample od 2200 adults. In addition the HSRC also conducts election studies.
Since the transition to democracy in 1994, South Africa has become a well documented nation. A multitude of national and sub-national studies have been conducted, yielding a wealth of information about the characteristics of South African society, and how these have evolved over time. However, less is known about how South Africans feel about their world and themselves.
In the 1990s, leading experts, politicians, public officials, business leaders and
journalists predicted that the internet would transform the world.
would revolutionise, we were told, the organisation of business, and lead to a
surge of prosperity (Gates 1995).
It would inaugurate a new era of cultural
democracy in which sovereign users–later dubbed ‘prosumers’–would call the
shots, and old media leviathans would decay and die (Negroponte 1996).
List of Figures List of Boxes Graphs List of Tables List of Contributors Preface Acronyms Chapter 1 Infrastructure Mandates for Reconstruction MESHACK KHOSA Chapter 2 Transformation in Infrastructure Policy from Apartheid to Democracy: Mandates for Change, Continuities in Ideology, Fractions in Delivery Patrick Bond, George Dor and Greg Ruiters Chapter 3 Gender, Development and Infrastructure Debbie Budlender Chapter 4 The Role of the Construction Industry in the Delivery of Infrastructure in South Africa Andrew Merrifield Chapter 5 Financing of Public Infrastructure Investment in South Afr...
In this valuable book, The State of the People, the authors ask a pertinent question - did the transition to democracy improve the state of the South African people? It is the sheer scale of the transition in South Africa that provides a unique opportunity to investigate processes of transition and it was decided that a longitudinal and multi-disciplinary study be launched to register the changes in political opinion, attitude and behaviour of South Africans during the period 1994 to 2000.