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New South African Review 3

The Second Phase - Tragedy Or Farce?

408 pages

March, 2013

ISBN: 9781868147359

$40

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Authors

Stephanie Allais is the director of the Centre for Researching Education and Labour, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Prishani Naidoo is Senior Lecturer in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Devan Pillay is an Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Roger Southall is the Professor Emeritus in the Department of Sociology at the University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

Stephanie Allais is the director of the Centre for Researching Education and Labour, University of the Witwatersrand, Johannesburg.

 An evaluation of the ANC's second phase of the national democratic revolution.
 
In the face of the continuing national tragedy of the inequality, poverty and unemployment which have triggered rising working-class discontent around the country, the ANC announced a 'second phase' of the 'national democratic revolution' to deal with the challenges. Ironically, the ANC post-Mangaung has resolved to preserve the core tenets of the minerals-energy-financial complex that defined racial capitalism - while at the same time ratcheting up the revolutionary rhetoric to keep the working class and marginalised onside. If the 'first phase' was a tragedy of the unmet expectations of the majority, is the 'second phase' likely to be a farce? The chapters in this volume are written by experts in their fields and address issues of politics, power and social class; economy, ecology and labour; public policy and social practice; and South Africa beyond its borders. They examine some of these challenges, and indicate that they are as much about the defective content of policies as their poor implementation. The third volume of the New South African Review continues the series by providing in-depth analyses of the key issues facing the country today.