Focus

Karel | Jun 20, 2013
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.
Focus 57 - May 2010 - Change and Continuity: 100 Years of Statehood
May 10, 2010
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Helen Suzman Foundation

This edition of Focus is dedicated to a series of reflections about 100 years of statehood in South Africa. In my invitation to contributors, I pointed out that the political events which led to Union are well documented and widely known; so was the deliberate marginalisation of the majority of South Africans during the deliberations that led to the establishment of Union in 1910. Indeed, it was this marginalisation which led to the formation of the ANC in 1912, and it was only after some 84 years after the foundation of the state, that a constitutional and political ‘normalisation’ and legitimacy were achieved.

Focus 56 - February 2010 - On Learning and Teaching
Feb 10, 2010
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Helen Suzman Foundation

In keeping with the Foundation’s stated policy of seeking to offer a platform for both seasoned commentators and new and marginalised voices, we present this edition of Focus on Learning and Teaching. The Foundation works from the premise that education is not only an important developmental issue, but is also a human rights issue. Beyond the central concern of personal growth, our social development and, crucially, our long-term economic development is dependent on the acquisition and availability of suitable and appropriate skills. Arguably the major constraint confronting South Africa’s growth trajectory has always been its poor human capital base.

Focus 55 - November 2009 - Images of Justice
Nov 10, 2009
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Helen Suzman Foundation

‘Justice’ is a protean concept. ‘Law and order’ are maintained by governments and ruling elites in its name. Revolutions and popular insurrections are conducted under its legitimating aegis.

Focus 40 - 4th Quarter 2005
Nov 28, 2005
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Helen Suzman Foundation

Mbeki's credibility is on the line: Editorial. Israel is a democracy in which Arabs vote: Benjamin Pogrund disagrees with those who describe Israel as an apartheid state and labels their views as facile.

Focus 39 - 3rd Quarter 2005
Aug 28, 2005
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Helen Suzman Foundation

Mbeki's last chance on Zimbabwe: Editorial. Black advancement: hype outstrips reality: Lawrence Schlemmer investigates the rise of the black middle class and concludes that it is still relatively small.

Focus 38 - 2nd Quarter 2005
May 28, 2005
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Helen Suzman Foundation

Judicial independence imperilled: Editorial. White left smarts after Pyrrhic 1994 victory: Dan Roodt argues the case for a new Anglo-Boer entente for the twenty-first century.

Focus 37 - 1st Quarter 2005
Feb 10, 2005
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Helen Suzman Foundation

Presidential voice must be heard but... Draft reports ignite smoldering embers. Patrick Laurence appraises new evidence of discrepancies between the draft and final versions of the arms-deal report.

Focus 36 - 4th Quarter 2004
Nov 25, 2004
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Helen Suzman Foundation

Time to discard racial preferencing. Info dearth hampers anti-poverty fight. Charles Simkins assesses the impediments confronting Mbeki as he seeks to reduce poverty and unemployment.

Focus 35 - 3rd Quarter 2004
Aug 27, 2004
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Helen Suzman Foundation

An inauspicious end to Ngcuka saga: South Africans have reason to be apprehensive over the resignation of Bulelani Ngcuka as the national director of prosecutions. An audit of liberalism – From Brown to Leon: Patrick Laurence combines an audit of liberalism with a tribute to Peter Brown, one of its finest exponents.

Focus 34 - 2nd Quarter 2004
May 06, 2004
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Helen Suzman Foundation

ANC and the parable of the parabola: At the moment of its greatest electoral triumph the ANC would be wise to be mindful of the parable of the parabola. Ideological battle over meaning of democracy: James Myburgh reflects on the rivalry between political Jacobins and liberals in South Africa.

Focus 33 - 1st Quarter 2004
Feb 18, 2004
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Helen Suzman Foundation

ANC's dominance not written in stone: Lawrence Schlemmer takes a close look at the factors that determine political loyalties in South Africa. Buthelezi: Adroit political survivor: Aubrey Matshiqi assesses the importance of the forthcoming elections to Buthelezi's future.

Focus 32 - 4th Quarter 2003
Nov 26, 2003
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Helen Suzman Foundation

Has upcoming poll yielded full roll-out? Virginia van der Vliet traces the history of ANC denial and procrastination on HIV/Aids. A critical appraisal of the Mbeki presidency: Thabo Mbeki has shown great skill in co-opting the emerging black elite and silencing critical voices.