Post-Apartheid South Africa

Government Structure

  • South Africa is a constitutional democracy
  • The national government is composed of three inter-connected branches:

  • Legislative: Parliament, which consists of the National Assembly and the National Council of Provinces
  • Executive: The President, (Jacob Zuma), who is both Head of State and Head of Government
  • Judicial: The Constitutional Court, the Supreme Court of Appeal, and the High Court
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  • South Africa got off to a difficult economic start in the years following Apartheid
  • Most problems were caused by large poor developed sectors of the economy
  • Since the new government was elected, it looked to deal with this problem and immediately began creating worker friendly laws which helped the economy improve
  • South Africa had a succession of nine consecutive years of economic improvement starting in 1999
  • National income rose by 22% per person since that time
  • Employment is rising faster than any point
  • Fixed investment has increase sharply since 2002 by more than 10% a year
  • The economy grew about 4.5% in 2008, reaching 5% between 2009 and 2010
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World Cup

  • FIFA selected South Africa to host the World Cup over Egypt and Morocco, making it the first African Nation to host the tournament
  • South Africa hosted it with ten stadiums in nine different cities including Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Pretoria, Port Elizabeth, Polokwane, Nelspruit, Bloemfontein and Rustenburg
  • Nelson Mandela was present in the Final
  • This gave South Africa a better worldwide image as they were able to host a large worldwide tournament involving 32 nations, all without much conflict
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Struggles Today

  • Today, South Africa is still struggling with equality
  • There are still places wvere many whites discriminate and show hatred toward blacks
  • One city that is still very discriminative is Nelspruit. When the President of South Africa visited the city, many whites recieved him with disrespectful words and actions.
  • There are still many crimes and violence occuring without consequence in some areas

Connection to Kaffir Boy

These were the conditions of life in South Africa after Apartheid, which caused black families in South Africa including Mark's to be discriminated. This discrimination seen is Kaffir Boy is still not completely eliminated.