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Trajectories for South Africa
Reflections on the ANC's 2nd National General Council’s discussion documents

Edited by Omano Edigheji

June 2005

Centre for Policy Studies (CPS)

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This report can be accessed via the CPS website: www.cps.org.za.

Managing an economy is not an easy task, especially in context of global imperatives, where a country that deviates from the global norm is meted with punishment by global capital. The task is more difficult in a society like ours with conflicting imperatives. To a large degree, some white South Africans want to cling to privileges derived from the colour of their skin. On the other hand, most blacks want all manifestations of black disempowerment to be addressed. These competing imperatives pose critical challenges for building one nation that belongs to all South Africans. To a large extent, South Africa’s ability to effectively address these imperatives will be dependent on the ability of the ruling party, the African National Congress (ANC), to maintain its cohesion and unity. If the ANC was to break up, and its alliance with the South African Communist Party (SACP) and the Congress of South African Trade Union (COSATU) was to disintegrate, it would compromise South Africa’s transformation efforts. This will in turn have negative consequences for the African continent’s development project.


Table of contents

    About The Contributors

    Chapter 1: Introduction: Debating South African Economic Policy, the National Question
    - Omano Edigheji

    PART ONE: Development and Underdevelopment

    Chapter 2: Towards a post-GEAR macroeconomic policy for South Africa
    - Iraj Abedian

    Chapter 3: Industrial policy and the ‘developmental’ state in South Africa
    - Omano Edigheji

    Chapter 4: Embedding the ‘developmental’ state in South Africa
    - Steven Friedman

    Chapter 5: Debating the flexible world of work in South Africa
    - Edward Webster & Andries Bezuidenhout

    Chapter 6: Development and Underdevelopment in context
    - Neva Seidman Makgetla


    PART TWO: The National Question

    Chapter 7: The National Question in context
    - Ebrahim Fakir

    Chapter 8: Class Perspective to the National Question
    - Devan Pillay

    Chapter 9: Confronting the National Question
    - Adam Habib

    Chapter 10: The National Question is a Red Herring
    - Sipho Seepe


    PART THREE: Unity and Diversity in the ANC 50

    Chapter 11: In The Movement
    - Aubrey Matshiqi

    Chapter 12: Race, class and leadership: the future of the ANC
    - Khehla Shubane



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