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Vol 45 No 5

Published 5th March 2004

South Africa

A ten-year test

The government set itself an examination and, not surprisingly, it passed

With national elections just over a month away (AC Vol 45 No 3), the African National Congress government has formally assessed its first ten years. Not surprisingly, it awards itself full marks for trying. The tally of pluses and minuses outlines the economic and social conundrums that confront any ambitious regime. Unemployment, which cannot be accurately measured, is officially estimated at just under one in three (31.2 per cent) of the economically active population, under a government that promised, and intended, to uplift the impoverished masses.

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