Post-Apartheid Case Study
Understanding the infamous Apartheid policy in yesteryear South Africa affords interested students / scholars the opportunity to dissect South Africa’s current socio-political landscape that is rapidly changing. Despite these current changes (such as the changing of the guard of Nelson Mandela’s ANC party), major strides have been made in South Africa. Some for the better of certain demographics, others to the detriment of the country in general.
This tour provides access to the hard data of these preceding years (since 1994 and before) and this data is analysed against the social policy that has accompanied the development of the “New South Africa”. This data is used to explain the massive power crisis the country experience in 2016, the increase in demonstrations and picketing that hound the policy makers of the ANC. Critical sectors are explored, standards of education / healthcare provision / employment.
Our tour includes the business of scenario forecasting – predicting various scenarios that are likely to play out in the country’s near future.
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Vacation Style Holiday Type
Activity Level Leisurely
Group Size Large Group
Where South Africa is now and where it has come from presents an interesting backdrop to where South Africa might go in the future.
South Africa’s turbulent past is miraculously not associated with any military violence and by all comparisons of radical changes in governments it has been a peaceful transition. South Africa has always boasted an abundance of talented people, banking structures and a constitution that are world class. First world infrastructure in places and cutting edge technology along with innovative entrepreneurs are real markers in South Africa’s fabric, yet the statistical numbers are troubling. Delving a little more into South Africa’s vital statistics reveal the country is at a potential cross-roads.
It is against this very exciting and real backdrop that we are able to investigate some of the current symptoms that currently define South Africa. Our group will have the opportunity to learn about the hard empirical facts as collected by leading academic institutions before setting out on an exciting and informative field trip that explores areas signifying the massive wealth inequalities and learn about those consequences. We are exposed to policies intended to address these issues and we have the opportunity to evaluate them against first-hand experience.
Important Issues that can be studied as well as potential study questions:
- Housing and the Economy
- What are the current cause and/or facts regarding government provided housing going unused?
- How might the government work with hostel owners to improve upon the quality of their services?
- What are other countries doing to accommodate housing for the poor?
- Are there any Dept. of Social Development programs than might be designed and instituted to provide employment and simultaneously create affordable housing?
- What are the primary factors associated with the current power crisis?
- What are the short term and long term options the government has for remediating this crisis?
- Would you support or not support an argument for the government to prioritize electrical needs, with international corporations and investors being at the top of this priority list, thus temporarily providing less power to private homes?
- Are there other sources of power to be purchased, via the grid?
- What appears to be the main reason for the increase in crime in South Africa?
- Given that there is a direct correlation between poverty growth and crime, identify some potential long-term strategies and/or government programs that might work to reduce the crime rate?
- What can South African police administrators do to improve their image among South Africans?
Features of the Tour
- Seminar with a leading South African scenario planner
- Seminar with a prominent Soweto business man and veteran of the apartheid struggles
- Visit to the apartheid museum
- Visit and tour of Soweto.
*Sample Tour and indicative pricing – contact for tailor made trip
- Meals (as stipulated)
- Local Transport
- Visit to Soweto
- Visit to Apartheid Museum
- Waters on bus
- 2 Seminars
- Tips / Gratuities
- International Flights
- Personal Travel Insurance
- Items of a personal nature / curios etc
7 – 18 Days
Default accommodation is 3 star
Tailor made, 4 – 5 star
The tour will be guided, most often by a member of our team who has been involved in creating the tour