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Giving our daughters the same opportunities as our sons

14th May 2004 The appointment by President Mbeki of large numbers of women into the country’s leadership positions has the potential to change South African culture irrevocably. 

In SA policy, children are seen and not heard

7th May 2004 The reflection accompanying this important year in South Africa’s history gives us an opportunity to look laterally at some of the country’s policy pronouncements and see where we can do better. 

South Africa raises the bar for elections in Africa

30th April 2004 South Africa’s third democratic national election was worth every cent of the R640-million budgeted for it. 

Invest in libraries and sow the seeds of a knowledge economy

23rd April 2004 The celebration of a decade of democracy in South Africa gives us an opportunity to contemplate what the big challenges will be for the next ten years, and where improvements can be made. 

The challenges municipalities face in outlining their priorities

16th April 2004 All municipalities are required annually to produce and update a broad policy statement outlining key priorities and strategies. This is called the integrated development plan (IDP). 

Cape Town’s killer fires: it’s time for more govt action

9th April 2004 Parts of Cape Town are reeling as the annual fire season takes its toll on the City’s poorest residents. 

Urbanisation needs new focus

26th March 2004 Urbanisation in South African cities remains an important topic for policy makers in government. 

Ten years on: much to celebrate but vigilance is still required

7th November 2003 In the days of apartheid, the annual government-sponsored celebrations of the republic were enjoyed only by a white minority. The majority of the population were united under the slogan ‘no cause to celebrate’. 

Crime stats show poor communities in crisis

31st October 2003 The release in the South African Police Service (SAPS) annual report of the crime statistics for the 2002/3 financial year, underlines the extent to which it is poor South Africans who bear the brunt of the country’s crime problem. 

Slow progress for SA’s Urban Renewal Programme

24th October 2003 South Africa’s Urban Renewal Programme was launched by President Mbeki in February 2001. 

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