Assembling academics, journalists, researchers and analysts, the State of the Nation: South Africa 2007 volume will provide much fuel for debate. It offers 23 diverse angles on contemporary South Africa in one compelling, comprehensive and relevant publication.
The politics section focuses on the outcome of the 2006 local government elections and issues of service delivery. The section on the economy examines the rapidly growing social welfare net, the state of our public hospitals and health delivery systems, issues of water and the environment, and heritage and tourism.
The critical issues of violence against women, prison reform, the plight of South Africas former guerrilla fighters, the vast Zimbabwean exile community in South Africa, South African rugby and the role of the post-apartheid church all come under the spotlight in the section on society.
The volume concludes with an analysis of the growing involvement of South African banks and financial institutions on the African continent, while another chapter looks at our long involvement in the complex search for peace and stability in the Democratic Republic of Congo.
The ANC State: more dysfunctional than developmental?
The State of the African National Congress
"Things Fall Apart: Can the Centre Hold?" The State of Coalition Politics in the Cape Metropolitan Council
Municipal Elections 2006: protests, independents and cross-border municipalities
Municipal Governance and Service Delivery: Case studies from the Free State
A Silent Revolution: South African voters, 1994 - 2006
Local Government Budgets and Development: A Tale of Two Municipalities: Makhuduthamaga and Overstrand
Disability and Welfare in South Africas Era of Unemployment and Aids
The ANC, Black Economic Empowerment and State-Owned Enterprises: a recycling of history?
Technological Choices in South Africa: Ecology, Democracy and Development
Old Victories, New Struggles: The state of the National Union of Mineworkers
Sakhela Buhlungu and Andries Bezuidenhout
Rainbow, Renaissance, Tribes and Townships: Tourism and Heritage in South Africa since 1994
The Promise and the Practice of Transformation: the state of South Africas health system
Sharon Fonn, Helen Schneider and Peter Barron
Public Hospitals in South Africa: stressed institutions, disempowered management
Karl von Holdt and Mike Murphy
'Some of us know nothing except military skills': South Africa's former guerrilla combatants
The State of South Africas Prisons
'Truck and Trailer': Rugby and Transformation in South Africa
Ashwin Desai and Zayn Nabbi
Violence against Women in South Africa
Kingdom Deferred? The Churches in the New South Africa, 1994 - 2006
Improving learner achievements in Schools: Applications of national assessments in South Africa
South Africa in Africa: trends and forecasts in a changing African political economy
John Daniel, Jessica Lutchman and Alex Comninos
South Africa in the DRC: Renaissance or neo- Imperialism?
The Zimbabwean community in South Africa
Elinor Sisulu, Bhekinkosi Moyo and Nkosinathi Tshuma