The Great African Society

  • Jonathan Ball Publishers SA
  • 2013
  • Paperback
  • 293
  • Sproget er ikke defineret
  • 1
  • 9781868425211

The ANC, in its rush for political control, chose power over the people instead of power of the people. History will judge them harshly. Historically, societies tend to wait until it is too late before rich people understand that their wealth can only be secured in a more just society. Only a dramatic, imaginatively crafted intervention -- a massive redistribution programme managed by the private sector, far-reaching policy changes in schooling, housing and health, and better, disciplined governance -- will deliver the genuine liberation South Africas still-poor millions expected from the 1994 settlement. Without it, without the real promise of a free, meritocratic society, South Africa will flounder and fail as corruption, crime, social decay, hopelessness and anger engulf society. This is the compelling thesis of Hlumelo Bikos hard-hitting, thoughtful analysis of South Africas past, present and future, a sobering assessment of where we stand today, and where we need to go.
At once unnervingly candid and inspiring, The Great African Society demolishes the complacent optimism that underpins much soft thinking about South Africas future and places at the service of public debate practical, achievable objectives for business, government and civil society. South Africas challenge, the book argues, is to act now to avoid the mounting threat of revolt and decline that would devalue every political and economic achievement of the past decade-and-a-half and leave Nelson Mandelas feted rainbow nation staring decrepitude in the face. Biko, the son of two great South Africans, Steve Biko and Mamphela Ramphele, is generous in acknowledging achievements to date, but unsparing in judging the flaws and failures of the ANC-led government, of business, unions and civil society. He offers a comprehensive survey of the profound and continuing devastation visited on the country by its unjust history, and plain, rational proposals for repairing the damage. No debate from here on about the South African future can be taken seriously without weighing Bikos insights and his warnings.
This book is vividly moral in its intentions, but sober and unsentimental in examining political and economic imperatives. It is guaranteed to make the reader sit up and take stock afresh.

190,00 kr.