South Africa in Focus: Economic, Political and Social Issues


Charl C. Wolhuter (Editor)
Faculty of Educational Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa

Series: African Political, Economic, and Security Issues
BISAC: POL023000

In 1994, South Africa’s image in the world changed instantly from the polecat to that of being a model. The intensity of the societal conflict in the run-up to 1994 and the nature of the post-1994 societal reconstruction focused the attention of the whole world on South Africa.

The societal changes have been of a social, economic, political and educational nature; the foundation of which had been laid by a Constitution and a Bill of Human Rights widely hailed as one of the most progressive in the world. After almost two decades, the time is ripe for an assessment. This book offers nine essays written by scholars who are recognized authorities in their fields of expertise, critically surveying some aspects of that societal reconstruction project. (Imprint: Nova)

Table of Contents

Table of Contents


Chapter 1. Has the South African Academic Profession Transformed Itself for an Age of Transformation?
(C.C. Wolhuter, Faculty of Educational Sciences, North-West University, Potchefstroom, South Africa)

Chapter 2. Spirituality, Ubuntu, and Social Development: The Lessons Learned from Vulnerable Children in South Africa
(Margie Maistry and Jini L. Roby, University of Fort Hare, London, UK and others)

Chapter 3. Focusing on South Africa’s Public Health Nutrition Economics
(H.C. Schönfelde, B. Pretorius and N. Hall, Institute of Food, Nutrition and Well-being, Faculty of Natural and Agricultural Science, University of Pretoria, Pretoria, South Africa)

Chapter 4. The Rainbow Nation versus the Colors of the Rainbow: Nation Building and Group Identification in the Post-Apartheid South Africa
(Elirea Bornman, Department of Communication Science, University of South Africa)

Chapter 5. Western Cape Bush Medicine: Hunting and Gathering Coloured Healing Traditions
(Lisa Aston Philander, University of Arizona, AZ, USA)

Chapter 6. Socio-economic and Demographic Transformations in South Africa: Implications for Work-family Conflict and Gender Inequality
(Zitha Mokomane, Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation Programme, Human Sciences Research Council, Pretoria, South Africa)

Chapter 7. A ‘Double Burden’? Multiple Challenges of Caregiving and Disability in the Context of Generalised HIV and AIDS in Southern Africa
(Marisa Casale and Jill Hanass-Hancock, Health Economics and HIV/AIDS Research Division, University of Kwazulu-Natal, Durban, South Africa)

Chapter 8. Teenage Motherhood and Long-Run Outcomes in South Africa
(Siv Gustafsson and Seble Worku, Amsterdam School of Economics, Netherlands and others)

Chapter 9. The Health System in South Africa. Historical Perspectives and Current Challenges
(Peter Delobelle, Institute of Tropical Medicine, Antwerp, Belgium, Vrije Universiteit Brussel, Belgium)
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