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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 Freedom
By Innocent E. Davidson, 1 March 1995.
ANC Statement on the court action by Mrs. Winnie Mandela
5 April 1995.
ANC press statement on international mediation
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. Okumu.
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 provinces.
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, Steve Biko.
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.