State of the Nation 2016

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This seventh edition in the internationally acclaimed State of the Nation series from HSRC Press is a significant contribution to the debates around the impact of 20 years of freedom and democracy on South Africa. Resonating with a wealth of research in a variety of disciplines and cross-disciplinary fields, leading scholars analyze and reflect on an emerging balance sheet that urges all South Africans towards a fair, coherent, and multipronged approach to development in which all stakeholders need to participate. The two decades of freedom and democracy are viewed through the lenses of politics, economics, society, health, environment, and the global context.


Margaret Chitiga-Mabagu is director and head of the School of Public Management and Administration, University of Pretoria. Charles Hongoro is a research director in the Population Health, Health Systems and Innovation programme of the Human Sciences Research Council, Cape Town, honorary professor at Walter Sisulu University and extraordinary professor at Tshwane University of technology. Muxe Nkondo is a member of Council of Freedom Park. Francis B Nyamnjoh is professor of Social Anthropology at the School of African and Gender Studies, Anthropology and Linguistics, University of Cape Town. Daniel Plaatjies was the executive director of the Democracy, Governance and Service Delivery research programme at the Human Sciences Research Council, Cape Town.