SAIIA International Affairs Bulletin, vol. 15, no. 1, 1991

This International Affairs Bulletin contains four articles. John Marcum’s article concerns itself with the implantation of international studies into South Africa, analyses its institutional context, and examines the theoretical and substantive concerns of the discipline. It concludes with observations on broadening the restricted palette of international studies teaching and research in South Africa, which may enhance national and transnational community-building. F.J. Kruger, M.J. de Wit &G. Levin’s article concerns equitable distribution and efficient use of mineral rights, and makes a case for a South African minerals corporation. It looks at the exploration and future of the world minerals industry, and overviews the status quo in South Africa and its historical development, provides three case histories, discusses the 1990 Minerals Bill, and develops a basis for mineral rights ownership and the South African minerals corporation concept, providing criticisms, weaknesses and strengths of the concept. Lisa Thompson’s article discusses the SADCC using regime theory as the framework for analysis. It concludes that the fact that interests between the SADCC countries converging around present goals will be largely irrelevant once South Africa’s political policies have changed means that the SADCC regime is heading either towards regime disintegration, or to an inclusion of South Africa, which will necessitate a fundamental restructuring of goals and attitudes towards economic integration. However, South Africa’s historical role as the dominant economic actor in the region will shape the structure of political and economic co-operation regardless of what form of negotiated regime is eventually worked out.