A new South Africa
Changing into a new South Africa
A wide range of political parties took part in the CODESA (Convention for a Democratic South Africa) talks. They agreed on an interim constitution after lengthy negotiations. This made it possible to vote on 27 April 1994 for the first time on a one-man-one-vote basis. The ANC won the election by a wide margin. Nelson Mandela was sworn in as South Africa’s first black president on 10 May 1994.
The interim constitution made provision for a government of national unity, and F.W. de Klerk became, together with Thabo Mbeki, a national deputy president.
A New South Africa
Since then, a new South Africa emerged when the final constitution was produced by a multiparty Constitutional Assembly and signed into law on 10 December 1996, F.W. de Klerk left politics, Nelson Mandela retired and was replaced by Thabo Mbeki, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission under the chairmanship of Desmond Tutu filed its report, and the land restitution programme is still on track. The current National President is Jacob Zuma.
The country had its fourth democratic election, and after 15 years of democracy, hopes to achieve an economic growth rate close to 4% in 2011, despite the world economic recession. We have eleven official languages, a new flag, a new national anthem (a combination of new and old and sung in four languages at a time), new public holidays, a new coat of arms, and a new slogan (in San): “Our strength is in our diversity.”
We have certainly come from San to San.
Some of the following tours that show off our a new South Africa and where we came from may interest you.
Longer tours showing off our wildlife and scenery:
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