Focus

Focus is the journal of the HSF. It is used as a forum for public debate and adds new, fresh voices to the policy dialogue. Focus consists of articles and book reviews by academics, public intellectuals, researchers, and policy experts. Focus is published in digital form and is made available for free here on the HSF website.
By Helen Suzman Foundation
Aug 29, 1997

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Focus 8 - Third Quarter 1997

Focus 8 - Third Quarter 1997

The truth about the Xhosa Nostra: Largely because of the early spread of missionary activity in the Eastern Cape, Xhosa-speakers gained an advantage. At the rainbow's end: With its fairytale connotations, the idea of the rainbow nation was perhaps always too good to be true.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
May 16, 1997

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Focus 7 - Second Quarter 1997

Focus 7 - Second Quarter 1997

Parties, issues and political fragmentation: Part two of the national opinion survey suggests a complex reality that creates problems for the ANC and the opposition. The Helen Suzman Foundation and the SABC: A bizarre story of media bias.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Feb 17, 1997

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Focus 6 - First Quarter 1997

Focus 6 - First Quarter 1997

The South African electorate at mid-term: The Helen Suzman Foundation commissioned a national opinion survey in October 1996. Black youth and the new democracy: What do young black people think about the new South Africa?

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Nov 30, 1996

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Focus 5 - Fourth Quarter 1996

Focus 5 - Fourth Quarter 1996

Talking sense about university transformation: A somewhat uneasy consensus exists on most university campuses that something called "transformation" has to occur. All our futures: The new schools Act: The South African Schools Act (1996) fulfills the dreams of generations of anti-apartheid activists.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
Aug 29, 1996

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Focus 4 - Third Quarter 1996

Focus 4 - Third Quarter 1996

The best and worst of times: South Africa's government at half-term: "Things have never been as good as they are now, but could also been seen as sliding towards catastrophe." Managing democracy: The problematic birth of the electoral commission: In 1993 the management of South Africa's first democratic elections was taken away from the Ministry of Home Affairs.

By Helen Suzman Foundation
May 12, 1996

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Focus 3 - Second Quarter 1996

Focus 3 - Second Quarter 1996

South Africa's foreign policy: Human rights and national interests: All South Africans had cause to feel proud of the way in which Mandela led the response to the execution of Ken Saro-Wiwa. North of South: At the time of independence, Zimbabwe had zero debt. By June 1996 debts totaled 130% of GDP.