African Issues

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ISSN : 1548-4505
Published by: Duke University Press (10.2307)
Total articles ≅ 156

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Nicholas L. Waddy
Published: 1 January 2003
African Issues, Volume 32, pp 1-8;

Last year, a distant cousin, who also happens to be a white South African, sent me a fascinating article from her local newspaper. The article was about her husband’s family, the Moores, and specifically about a claim the family made recently with South Africa’s Commission on Restitution of Land Rights (see Segar 2003). The claim is remarkable, because it has been one of the few lodged by white South Africans to obtain compensation for land that was taken from them under the apartheid regime. It seems that in 1965, several trading stores that had been owned by the Moores since the 1880s were confiscated by the South African Bantu Trust because they stood on land that was to become part of the independent black homeland known as the Transkei. The confiscation and the family’s eviction from the area were deeply traumatic—they were uprooted from their home, separated from friends and loyal customers (including Xhosa), and forced to witness the end of a family tradition. But the Moores had no choice, and the government offered them only one-third of the real value of the property as compensation. Today the family is seeking restitution, but as with most of the injustices perpetrated under apartheid, there is little that can be done to restore a way of life that was destroyed long ago.
Foluke Ogunleye
Published: 1 January 2003
African Issues, Volume 32, pp 41-52;

The practice of treating the environment with disdain has gradually become unfashionable. Yet in many developing nations, Nigeria among them, environmental education and awareness campaigns remain something regarded as unnecessary. According to Berry (1993: 158): The term “sustainable development” has become a shibboleth of governments and industries, to present a respectful image to a society that is becoming even more strident in its concern for the environment. It is a concept that was projected onto the world by the Stockholm Conference of 1972, and has been carried ever since by the United Nations Environment Programs (UNEP), the World Conservation Union (IUCN), and the World Wildlife Fund for nature (WWF) in their world conservation strategy. It has the ring of truth and worldwide acceptance, but it is poorly understood by those who use it.
Cyril K. Daddieh, Jo Ellen Fair
Published: 1 January 2003
African Issues, Volume 32;

John Murungi
Published: 1 January 2003
African Issues, Volume 32, pp 9-23;

Richard A. Joseph’s article “Facing Africa’s Predicament: Academe Needs to Play a Stronger Role” (Chronicle of Higher Education, March 7, 2003) poses a thought-provoking question. He asks, “How can a revolution in African governance be effected that would build complexes of institutions that operate efficiently and synergistically?” The revolution is needed, he says, because “entrenched political corruption throughout Africa has become just one element of a broader phenomenon that I call ‘catastrophic governance.’” He defines the catastrophe as “endemic practices that steadily undermine a country’s capacity to increase the supply of public goods to serve the basic needs of its population, including the security of life itself.” The practices he has in mind include repressive regimes, absence of democratic institutions, pervasive corruption, theft, mismanagement, and inefficient utilization of public resources.
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