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 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.

Focus 31 - 3rd Quarter 2003
Aug 10, 2003
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Helen Suzman Foundation

Corruption: a fine balance of forces: Patrick Laurence argues that the war against corruption has entered a critical phase. Local media freedom is not set in stone: Vigorous white journalists are liable to be accused of racism, while their black confreres risk condemnation for lack of patriotism.

Focus 30 - Second Quarter 2003
Apr 29, 2003
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Helen Suzman Foundation

Local government - What progress?: Britt Youens analyses the magnitude and complexity of the task ascribed to the third sphere of governance. The penalties of idealism: Lawrence Schlemmer reflects on the rights of those who favour devotional worship in public schools.

Focus 29 - First Quarter 2003
Jan 29, 2003
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Helen Suzman Foundation

Vital court decisions pending on land question: Refocus 1: Vital court decisions pending on land question. ANC should heed the Group of 63's warning: Patrick Laurence defends the right of Afrikaner intellectuals to voice their dissenting concerns.

Focus 28 - Fourth Quarter 2002
Nov 29, 2002
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Helen Suzman Foundation

Reflections on local liberalism: Emeritus professor and political analyst, David Welsh, cogitates on the role of liberals and liberalism during the struggle. From colonialism to African nationalism: ANC notable and historian, Pallo Jordan, traces the long and proud record of the ANC as the champion of the black majority.

Focus 27 - Third Quarter 2002
Aug 29, 2002
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Helen Suzman Foundation

An explosive fuse is lit: Patrick Laurence analyses the dangers of transforming the mining industry too hastily (or too slowly). The politics of privatising water: Sizwe samaYende of African Eye News Service chronicles the growing protest campaign against Greater Nelspruit Utility Company.

Focus 26 - Second Quarter 2002
Apr 29, 2002
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Helen Suzman Foundation

Conspiracy theories - A crime against logic Andrew Kenny defends globalisation. Interview with Peter Mokaba From radical demagogue to non-racial democrat, Mokaba emerges as a champion of minority representation. By Patrick Laurence.

Focus 25 - First Quarter 2002
Jan 30, 2002
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Helen Suzman Foundation

Sacked - for putting his patients' interests first: Sizwe samaYende and Justin Arenstein of African Eye News Service report on the case of Dr Thys von Mollendorff. A sacking and a promotion: Professor Fanie Olivier was eagerly awaiting the outcome of arbitration in his case against the University of Venda.

Focus 24 - Fourth Quarter 2001
Nov 30, 2001
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Helen Suzman Foundation

"Why I shall join the ANC" Satirical column: "Write off". A blow against the opposition There can be no doubt about the ANC's overwhelming desire to strike a blow against the DA in the Western Cape.

Focus 23 - Third Quarter 2001
Aug 30, 2001
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Helen Suzman Foundation

A draconian new anti-terrorism bill: The proposal to detain suspected terrorists for 14 days without charge is an ominous reminder of the apartheid era. Comment by Martin Schönteich. The real housing story: The spate of urban land invasions is not just a response to homelessness by groups of poverty-stricken people.