On the eve of its fourth general elections, South Africa finds itself in the midst of a rearrangement of its political landscape after a decade and a half of governance by a unified African National Congress. This political realignment is occurring at the same time as economic gloom spreads around the globe in the wake of the American subprime crisis. South Africa’s response to this confluence of circumstances may very well become a test of its resilience, as two relatively constant variables in recent years, political and economic stability, come under pressure. Times of uncertainty and volatility pose significant risks, which need to be understood; at the same time, they should not blind us to the opportunities for innovation when tested policy and strategy fail to measure up to the challenges of the day. This is the perspective that the 2008 Transformation Audit wishes to employ in its four traditional focal areas – the economy, the labour market, skills and education, and poverty and inequality.
In 2007 Transformation Audit – Leadership and Legitimacy, we see a paradox: normally in democracies, economic and employment growth see higher ratings for government. But public confidence seems to be severely shaken. Confidence in leaders, and above all in reprensentative instituitions, has dropped sharply. Government and the ruling party face the imperative of healing the rifts opened by the protracted leadership battle, and regaining the trust both have lost. Over all, our scorecards show policy inroads into crucial areas of concern for the poor, but increasingly it is the hearts of South Africans that are disaffected.
South Africans are struggling to characterise the times we are living through. Is this a time of deepening grievance, of political patronage and plunder – or a season of hope and previously unimaginable opportunity for most?
The 2006 Transformation Audit – Money and Morality focuses on accountability, corruption and its costs.
Economic Transformation Audit 2005 – Conflict and Governance interrogates the manner in which South Africa’s economy is transforming the country’s political and social landscape. It scrutinises the data for directions of development and pointers for future policy.
This edition mobilises acknowledged experts in these areas to apply high-calibre political and statistical analysis to the existing data, in order to analyse and quantify economic transformation.
An Audit of Police Oversight in Africa is a comprehensive audit of police oversight in every country on the African continent. The audit provides insight into the diversity of police oversight in Africa and the challenges it faces. Through this publication APCOF also seeks to highlight the importance of policing oversight in its ongoing efforts to promote reform or transform police agencies into organisations that are effective and efficient but also respectful of peoples’ and human rights.
Released in December of 2010, the tenth round of the SA Reconciliation Barometer found notable improvements in evaluations of reconciliation across many of the six key indicators tested by the survey. However, since the first round which was conducted in 2003, perceptions related to human security have declined overall, with potential consequences for social relations.