"This monograph describes the first year of Namibia's post-independence experience. It focuses on three dominant themes: politics and labour; the socio-economic realm and foreign relations. The political equation in this monograph highlights the ruling party's reconciliation politics and its nation building project as well as the relationship between organized labour and the state. The socio-economic realm is analysed against the backdrop of an unequal inheritance and a pressing need for additional social investment in housing, education, manpower development and rural upliftment programmes. Namibia's foreign relations are briefly discussed with special emphasis on the country's bilateral relations with South Africa."