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Vol 47 No 18

Published 8th September 2006

South Africa

New powers, new policy

The government reshapes strategy to address new political realities - and life after Thabo Mbeki

A growing and diversified economy, a liberal constitution, a big army and residual post-apartheid moral high ground makes Tshwane (formerly Pretoria) a natural centre for African diplomacy. It is also an essential staging post for outsiders seeking to improve economic and political ties with Africa. Yet, like much of Africa, South Africa's diplomats have been slow to react to the rapid growth of the Chinese and Indian economies and the restructuring of the former Soviet countries, with which the ruling African National Congress (ANC) had strong ties.

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