Edited by Stuart Jones
Chapter 11: The situation in 2000
15580_DeclineSAfrica/Chap11 31/5/02 12:59 pm Page 1 11. The situation in 2000 Stuart Jones At the end of the twentieth century the long decline of the South African economy may have finally come to an end. Much depends on the policies adopted and implemented by the African National Congress/Communist Party government. The signals coming out of Pretoria are confusing. At one moment, when addressing Western bankers, the right noises are made but then almost immediately contradicted by hardliners in the government. After seven and a half years in power very little has been accomplished in the area of privatization and in increasing the efficiency of government. Indeed, aggressive affirmative action policies have led to growing inefficiency across a broad range of services but most noticeably in the education, public health and crime prevention. Agriculture, as Nick Vink and Stefan Schirmer have shown, has seen the fresh breeze of market forces lead to the dismantling of the producerdominated control structures across a wide range of commodities and an attempt to bring about more efficient land usage, but the thorny problem of land ownership has not been resolved, and this has led to a fall in farm values. Talk of creating small farms for grain growing at a time when large grain growing enterprises are the norm, seems a little unreal and, in the light of the destruction of much of the commercial farming in neighbouring Zimbabwe, the future of agriculture would appear to be at a crossroads. The situation in...
You are not authenticated to view the full text of this chapter or article.
Elgaronline requires a subscription or purchase to access the full text of books or journals. Please login through your library system or with your personal username and password on the homepage.
Non-subscribers can freely search the site, view abstracts/ extracts and download selected front matter and introductory chapters for personal use.
Your library may not have purchased all subject areas. If you are authenticated and think you should have access to this title, please contact your librarian.