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- By Ron Press, 5 January 1995. Speculates on the problem of
political unity and diversity, and the institutional forms that
wouldd encourage their fruitful relationship.
- New labour relations bill unvieled
- By Sylise Petersen of the US SA Sister Community Project, in
South Africa Political Update, 14 February 1995.
Labour Ministry appointed a task team in July 1994 to produce
a draft Labour Relations bill to replace the current Labour Relations
Act. The country has been plagued by strikes since the new government
took office in May 1994, and the bill could end the confrontational,
undisciplined and sometimes violent strikes of the past. For the
first time there is compulsory arbitration.
- Address of President Nelson Mandela on the occasion
of the opening of the Second Session of the Democratic Parliament
- Cape Town, February 17, 1995.
- Review of Nelson Mandela, Long Walk to
- By Innocent E. Davidson, 1 March 1995.
- ANC Statement on the court action by Mrs. Winnie
- 5 April 1995.
- ANC press statement on international
- 14 April 1995. Re constitutional context of 19 April 1994 Memorandum
of Agreement for Peace and Reconciliation signed by the leaders of
the ANC, NP, IFP, the South African Government and Prof. W. A. J.
- Squandered Opportunities
- Mayibuye, Editorial, July 1995. If the NP ever
needed to develop a strategy for the new South Africa, it
was last month, when it supported outlawing capital
punishment. However, the party which for many years had
been setting and breaking world records for hanging people
was not quite ready to quit one of its dirtiest habits.
- Truth and Reconciliation Bill Passed
- In Mayibuye, July 1995. Briefly re. the Truth and
Reconciliation Bill being passed by the National Assembly
on 28 June, following a several months long debate.
- Fair Nourishment For All
- By Mziwakhe Hlangani, in Mayibuye, July 1995. Affirmative
action is frequently misrepresented, sometimes deliberately, by
people resistant to positive change. Here differing views on the
subject are sampled.
- Government Housing Plan Built on Rock
- By Steyn Speed, in Mayibuye, July 1995. The housing
ministry has begun implementing the plan to build a million
houses. There is no use rushing to put up housing which won't
last for even 40 years.
- Provincial Briefs
- Compiled by Khensani Makhubela for Mayibuye, July 1995.
After the ANC restructured itself into provinces at the December
1994 National Conference, provinces were given the task of
dividing their areas into regions and establishing regional
structures. Mayibuye assesses progress in some of the
- Constitutional Assembly Work Gains Speed
- In Mayibuye, July 1995. The process of writing the final
constitution for South Africa is gaining speed in the
Constitutional Assembly (CA). Negotiations on issues have
begun in the CA's Constitutional Committee (CC). The 46-member
CC has a mandate to coordinate the work of the CA and to engage
in some level of negotiations and decision-making.
- ANC statement on the murder of a farmworker in
the Eastern Transvaal
- Issued by the Department of Information and Publicity, 6 July
1995. Arrest of the Eastern Transvaal farmer who had allegedly
beaten a farmworker to death on the basis of laziness. The
ANC is outraged at the trend for a minority of white farmers
who seem to be taking the law into their own hands.
- Political battles are looming over land reform
in South Africa
- By Eddie Koch, in African Agenda, 30 November 1995.
The Land Affairs Ministry promotes the new government's promise
that 30% of all arable land will be redistributed over the next
five years and that the rural poor will live without fear of
arbitrary eviction. But there is political resistence from the
Defence Ministry, the department that has control over the largest
tracts of under utilized land.
- Biko family lose battle over S. Africa truth body
- Reuter. 26 July, 1996. Truth and Reconciliation Commission has right to
grant amnesty for war crimes, in this case the murder of ANC activist,
- SEPTEMBER 12 1977!
- By Neo Ramoupi. 13 September, 1996. The significance of Steve Biko for
the younger generation.
- South Africa ignores grave human rights violations in
Rwanda by resuming sales of military equipment
- Amnesty International. 25 July, 1997.