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By Ian Shapiro, Kahreen Tebeau

Democracy got here to South Africa in April 1994, while the African nationwide Congress gained a landslide victory within the first unfastened nationwide election within the country's historical past. That definitive and peaceable transition from apartheid is usually mentioned as a version for others to stick with. the recent order has considering that survived a number of transitions of ANC management, and it prevented a possibly destabilizing constitutional challenge in 2008. but huge, immense demanding situations stay. Poverty and inequality are one of the optimum on this planet. miraculous unemployment has fueled xenophobia, leading to lethal aggression directed at refugees and migrant employees from Zimbabwe and Mozambique. Violent crime premiums, fairly homicide and rape, stay grotesquely excessive. The HIV/AIDS pandemic used to be shockingly mishandled on the optimum degrees of presidency, and an infection charges stay overwhelming. regardless of the country's uplifting luck of internet hosting Africa's first international Cup in 2010, inefficiency and corruption stay rife, infrastructure and uncomplicated prone are frequently semifunctional, and political competition and a loose media are stressed. during this quantity, significant students chronicle South Africa's achievements and demanding situations because the transition. The contributions, all formerly unpublished, signify the state-of-the-art within the research of South African politics, economics, legislations, and social coverage.

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The median grade attainment among young people in their mid-twenties, that is, at an age when as many have taken matriculation examinations as will ever do so, is grade eleven, and almost one in three young people have attained grade ten or less (according to 2005 GHS). More worryingly still, it is very unclear what skills are associated with any particular level of grade attainment, including even matriculation. Only 5 percent of the half-million candidates who took their matriculation examination in 2006 passed mathematics at the higher grade.

67 90 89 unavailable 101 103 94 107 111 119 120 121 121 125 Sources: South Africa Human Development Report 2003 (table 24, 281–82); United Nations Development Programme, Human Development Report, various years. reason why life expectancy has declined is AIDS, which has rolled back the gains of decades of development in Southern Africa (see Nattrass 2002). By 2010, AIDS was expected to have reduced life expectancy at birth in South Africa by twenty years. Without AIDS, it would have been sixty-eight years; with AIDS it will be forty-eight, perhaps even less.

But in most cases the redistribution of public resources from schools in rich neighborhoods to schools in poor neighborhoods schools (as shown by van der Berg and colleagues) has removed the most glaring inequalities in conditions. What remains are inequalities in family background—which South Africa shares with many other countries in the global South—and inequalities in the classroom that result from differences in the quality of teaching and the level of student discipline (both of which are probably affected by the quality of school management).

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