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The Mandela Legacy: The State of South Africa, Past, Present & Future. [Kindle Edition]

Martin Plaut
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Book Description

Under the leadership of Nelson Mandela, South Africa emerged from the isolation of the apartheid era, and flourished both politically and economically.

Despite its divisions and inequalities, Mandela united the nation, defusing tensions and avoiding a potential civil war.

But was he unique? Can the heirs to his leadership build on his legacy - or will the country edge back towards chaos?

In 'The Mandela Legacy', the BBC's Africa expert Martin Plaut examines the wisdom and vision of the leadership of South Africa today - and what the future holds for the country. Can such a wealthy and developed nation continue to be undermined by corruption and inequality? Can a fractious ANC hold itself and society together?

Will Mandela's ultimate legacy be a triumph - or a tragedy?

Drawing on years of reporting, Plaut shines a light upon a fascinating country at a crucial period of its history in an essay which encompasses economics, politics and investigative journalism

Born in South Africa in May 1950, Martin Plaut received his first degree in
Social Science from the University of Cape Town, and an Honours degree in
Industrial Relations from the University of the Witwatersrand, before going
on to do an MA at the University of Warwick.

In 1978 he worked for a year as an Industrial Relations adviser to Mobil Oil
before joining the British Labour Party as adviser on Africa and the Middle
East. In 1984 he joined the BBC, working primarily on Africa. He is
currently Africa Editor, BBC World Service News. He has reported from most
of East Africa, as well as some parts of West Africa, and specialises in the
Horn of Africa and Southern Africa. He is currently Africa editor, BBC World
Service News.

For two years he was an Associate Fellow of the Royal Institute of
International Affairs, leading their Africa research programme and continues
to be an active member.

Endeavour Press is the UK's leading digital publisher.

Product Details

  • File Size: 186 KB
  • Print Length: 45 pages
  • Publisher: Endeavour Press Ltd.; 1 edition (September 13, 2012)
  • Sold by: Amazon Digital Services, Inc.
  • Language: English
  • ASIN: B009AT2DR0
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5.0 out of 5 stars Enlightening and informative October 6, 2013
By An_B
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Martin Plaut's concise analysis of South Africa in his book "The Mandela Legacy" offers its reader, whether new to the subject or not, a clear understanding of a nation's diverse culture, rich history and turbulent politics. Plaut deftly leads us from one observation to another, presenting a myriad of interesting facts and key players in the formation of South Africa today, while highlighting several shortcomings or problems that plague the struggling country to this day.

The work is enlightening as well as informative. As a native of South Africa, Plaut undoubtedly understands each thread of South Africa's culture, history and politics that together weave a colourful and intricate tapestry, which has yet to be finished. Overall, The Mandela Legacy will encourage awareness and discussion on the true state of South Africa.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Erudite and Engaging Short Book. September 20, 2012
An erudite and engaging short book, full of info. As well as info though you hear the author's voice coming through, full of frustration and sadness (although also tinged with a tiny bit of hope and consolation). The book touches upon the past and future but bulk of material deals with the present and recent history. There seems to be a storm brewing in SA, both in terms of the ANC and also the class, culture a wealth divide among the people. What will be the fate of SA when Nelson Mandela passes away? This book addresses the issue and helps us predict the weather as well as anything you could read. Would have perhaps liked a bit more material on Mandela and if the author had any first hand experience of meeting him, or his experiences living in SA, but this doesn't detract too much from a smart, readable book.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Shines A Light.... September 18, 2012
By Ursula
The saga of the miners has shone a light upon South Africa again, but this comprehensive short book enlightens us also in regards to the corruption, inequalities and failures of this significant nation. The failures of SA are often the fault, but not exclusively so, of the ANC. One party states seldom work - and perhaps the best hope for SA is some plurality in the political system. At present the ANC are swayed too much by self-serving politicians, plutocratic elites and organised crime.
Martin Plaut seems to have a healthy first hand experience of the country and this essay is not wholly pessimistic.
Mandela is a part inspirational, yet part ignored, figure in the background of where the country is at the moment and this essay provokes questions as to what indeed will be his legacy and which way will the country and ANC go when he passes away.
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