On the 29th November 2013 MISTRA launched its Research Report entitled Essays on the Evolution of the Post-Apartheid State: Legacies, Reforms and Prospects.
Evolution of the SA State Project Team. L to R: Dr Mcebisi Ndletyana, Lisa Vetten, Mashupye H. Maseremule, Vanessa Barolsky, David Maimela, Joel Netshitenzhe, Thami Mazwai, Ralph Mathekga.
The report is a collection of essays by independent scholars and researchers in various fields and from a variety of sources including, interviews, official documents, and reports. In its published form, it is intended to generate strategic reflection beyond issues to do with the day-to-day chores of governance.
The release of this report was the culmination of eighteen months of research undertaken by MISTRA’s Faculty of Political Economy, headed by Dr Mcebisi Ndletyana. It sought to investigate the evolution of the South African state. The scope of the project included the impact on transformation of the State inherited in 1994 as well as the transformation efforts that have been undertaken since 1994.
The views across the essays may not be entirely consistent; and the issues they raise may be contentious. This merely affirms the truism that the State is a contested terrain. The aim is to deepen the search for an understanding of the theory of the State as it applies to a transforming society such as ours, and to trudge the dividing line between theory and practice so they can feed into each other in a progressive spiral towards the desired ‘end-state’.
The intention of the public launch was to share the findings of the research, which MISTRA believes will contribute to a greater understanding of the post-1994 South African State and also to the challenges to and prospects for its transformation.
Yacoob Abba Omar, MISTRA Director Operations
Mcebisi Ndletyana, MISTRA Political Economy Faculty Head
Vanessa Barolsky, Member of Reserch Team
Lisa Vetten, Member of Research Team
Mashupye H. Maseremule, Member of Research Team
Ralph Mathekga, Member of Research Team
* Essays on the Evolution of the Post-Apartheid State: Legacies, Reforms and Prospects can be purchased from MISTRA for R375 (excluding postage costs). Please contact Luvo Mfeya on LuvoM@mistra.org.za or Linda Zwane on email@example.com or call +27 11 518 0260.