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Nuanced Balancing Act: South Africa's National and International Interests and its 'African Agenda'

"Since apartheid ended, much of South Africa’s positioning on the world stage has been informed by what has been described as an Afrocentric approach to foreign relations. This paper examines the central question of whether or not the South African …

SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 7, no. 2, 1983

This bulletin includes 4 articles and several book reviews. The first article on Angola describes the background factors to the Angolan developments and the conflict in Angola after the end of colonial rule. The next article focuses on the controver…

Reconciling Living Customary Law and Democratic Decentralisation to Ensure Women's Land Rights Security

"The recent Constitutional Court judgment rendering the Communal Land Rights Act (CLARA) unconstitutional must not be allowed to throw decentralisation policy making into disarray. Decentralisation holds much potential for lively, participatory demo…

A Fresh Start for Rural Development and Agrarian Reform?

"This brief shows how existing policies are bifurcated between BEE models for the better off and welfare for the poor. There is now a danger that the two ministries will replicate the dualism of the so-called ‘first’ and ‘second’ economies – an appr…

Mainstreaming of HIV and AIDS into South African Fisheries Policy

"This study set out to investigate the impact of HIV and Aids on selected fishing communities in South Africa. The goal of the research was to assist DEAT: MCM in mainstreaming HIV/Aids into fisheries policy through ethnographic and in-depth analysi…

Policy Options for Land Reform in South Africa: New Institutional Mechanisms?

"Since the 2005 Land Summit, new approaches to land reform have been on the agenda, yet there remains little clarity on the way forward. The main focus has been on means of accelerating the redistribution of land through new modes of acquiring land.…

South African Foreign Policy in Today's World

This article looks at "the major thrust of South African policies in the Southern African Region. It focuses on the outward movement and some of the implications on this movement of recent changes in Angola and Mozambique, as well as potential chang…

South Africa, Britain and Rhodesia

This article touches on the killing of Dr. Verwoerd and South Africa's foreign policy before and after his death and how his death might influence the South African foreign policy with regard to Namibia, Rhodesia and cooperation in the Southern Afri…

The Republic of South Africa and Detente

This article gives a historical view of the development in South Africa in the post-World War II period. It describes the international affairs policies of the sixties and how these policies have changed over time. It then looks at the easing of str…

Oil From The Sea: Trends and Portents

The article looks at how oil is increasingly being extracted from the seabed and the exploitation of petroleum beneath the seas. "West Africa is growing into an important oil-producing region, with Nigeria in the lead."

Rhodesia - May 1968

The article speaks about how "economic and financial sanctions have failed and that Rhodesia is hacking out its own solution to its constitutional problems." It looks at how "the initial guerrilla attacks have failed and have brought military and po…

South Africa and the Tide of World Affairs

"For the last five months of last year I was visiting institutes of international affairs and university centres of international and African studies in the United States and Canada, in Britain, Holland, France, Belgium and Western Germany. In all …

The Political Outlook in Southern Africa

"Confidence in a country's future depends both on sound economic conditions and on a stable political environment. But it is equally true that a lack of confidence can itself create negative results, politically and economically, and therefore confi…

Dominance, Dependence and Modernisation, with Specific Reference to Southern Africa

"In this paper an attempt will be made to distinguish among various usages and conceptualisation of the concepts 'dominance', 'dependency' and 'modernisation' as they occur in social science literature. Briefly the paper sets out to trace the origin…

Walvis Bay: A Whale of a Port

"With Namibia's imminent independence, South Africa's claim to legal sovereignty of the port and settlement of Walvis Bay, as well as to the Penguin Islands, between Walvis Bay and the Orange River, is bound to become a continuing issue in bilateral…

The Transitional Government in Namibia: The Quest for Legitimacy

"Despite all attempts by the South African Government over the last decade to enhance the legitimacy of the various transitional arrangements, Pretoria cannot on its own transfer legitimacy to a successor government in Windhoek. Namibian independenc…

A Social Coastal Fisheries Policy for South Africa? Subsistence Fisheries Co-management for Sustainable Livelihoods and Poverty Alleviation

"The Marine and Coastal Management (MCM) branch of the Department of Environmental Affairs and Tourism (DEAT) is the custodian of South Africa’s natural marine resources. Management and allocation of this resource had always had a strong scientifi…

Reflections on the Nigerian-South African Dialogue

"The first session of the Dialogue was closed to the outside public. In this, much was learnt about the history, nature, role and resource-bases of the respective institutions. The second day of the Dialogue covered the political outlook and the for…

Investing in the Promise of South Africa: An American Perspective

This discussion was on "the promise of South Africa and about how it can develop a partnership with the United States to assist in accomplishing its objectives." These objectives being "a significantly better life for its citizens, a diversified and…

SAIIA Newsletter vol. 7, no. 1, 1975

The newsletter starts off with the Director's notes, South Africa's role in Africa and a panel discussion. It then looks at the following articles; Detente and South West Africa, President Kenneth Kaunda's views on Detente, South Africa's approach t…

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