South Africa Politics

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Is nagata piano lounge teasers?

yes

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What strategies are employed by the South African government to alleviate unemployment?

Affirmative action law.

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Who is the President of South Africa?

Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma is the President of South Africa.

Zuma joined politics with the African National Congress (ANC) in 1959, before it was banned in 1961. He then joined the South African Communist Party. He was imprisoned for 10-years for conspiring to overthrow the government. In 1990, the ANC was unbanned, and Zuma was a key ANC leader in the negotiations for the change of the country. He was later elected to parliament in 1999 and became Health Minister and Deputy President of South Africa.

In the 2009 election, his party (ANC) won and helped elect him to the role of president. He took the position on 2009 May 29. In the 2014 election, preliminary results show that the ANC has won again, and Zuma will remain the President of South Africa.

The role of president is elected by elected members of parliament, thus indirectly elected.

Other presidents:

  • Jacob Gedleyihlekisa Zuma: 2009 May 9 to the present
  • Kgalema Petrus Motlanthe: (caretaker role) 2008 September 25 to 2009 May 9
  • Thabo Mvuyelwa Mbeki: (two terms) 1999 June 14, to 2008 September 24
  • Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela: 1994 May 10 to 1999 June 14

See related links for more information on each leader.

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Who was the first black president of South Africa?

Nelson Mandela was the first black president of South Africa.
Nelson mandela

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What are the names of the nine premiers of south African provinces?

kwazulu natal premier

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Who are the top ten richest black people in south Africa?

Patrice Motsepe

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Who are the top ten richest people in South Africa?

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Describe the religion of the typical African tribal community?

There was a belief in a god who created the world and in lesser gods and spirits who ruled the affairs of the people. Sacrifices and rituals were performed to win the favor of these lesser gods in order to receive various blessings.

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What are the four characteristics of a state?

An area can be considered an independent international sovereign state only if it has the following characteristics to a reasonable degree. Some of these do not pertain to the several states of the US.

  1. Land territoriality- This is the most important characteristic of a state. It must occupy land whose territorial limits are more or less recognized. Statehood is permanent and not temporary.
  2. Government- A state is required to have a functioning political and administrative organization that serves the interests of the people living there.
  3. Organized Economy- States are responsible for many economic activities and are required to have an organized economic system.
  4. Transportation System- States need organized systems for the transportation of people, goods and services.
  5. Sovereignty- States exercise authority and enforce the law. Regarding Sovereign states outside of the US, this authority is absolute. Within the US, states exercise authority within the limits established by the Constitution.
  6. Diplomatic Recognition- Sovereign states outside of the US should be recognized as such by other independent and sovereign states. States within the US do not engage in international affairs of any kind independently of the federal government.
  7. Domestic Support- States should enjoy the support of their citizens.
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When did Nelson Mandela become president of South Africa?

Nelson Mandela's party came into power in 1994, thus, Mandela became president.

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What impact did hosting the 2010 world cup have on unemployment in South Africa?

Hosting such a global event will put many South Africans back to work. It is also a chance for the country to be in the spotlight and boost its economy.

For a more in-depth look on the effect of hosting the World Cup, see the related article link below.

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Why was the Apartheid system introduced in South Africa?

Apartheid was established by the national list government of South Africa as a means of subjegating any non-white peoples of the country. It was established through both political and judicial means and enforced by the South African police force as well as the Army when required. The system of apartheid was a gross violation of human rights and while not supported by all white people in South Africa was nonetheless enforced by the government of the time.

Apartheid in its most basic translation means "to keep apart" or to "separate". It is worth noting that other countries including the United States of America, England, Australia, and others followed apartheid practices at one point in their history even though they did not use the same name or necessarily have their policies enshrined in their laws.

AnswerPlease also note that apartheid was not just in South Africa. 2 other South African nations, Zimbabwe and Namibia, were run under an apartheid system till they became independent both within the last 3 decades. AnswerBelieve it or not, but the initial idea with apartheid was in fact to build a stable South Africa. The basic idea was to have the different ethnic groups ruled by their own people in their own region (note: as stated above "Apartheid" means to 'separate'). And a lot of the Apartheid laws were aimed prevent these 'homelands' from collapsing.

But very quickly after the idea was proposed, Kenya suffered the Mau Mau Revolt and focus of Apartheid was shifted to rather prevent something similar in South Africa as well. Thus it ended up as we know it today.

Answer #3 this is what the gov told the world- it wasn't the reality

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Is Jacob Zuma a good president of South Africa?

Yes. In the beginning people were skeptical about him because of his colorful personal life. However, when you think about it, he has been president for quite some time and South Africa is in pretty good shape. For the most part, things are not going downhill from were they where before. I am not sure about the domestic atmosphere, but from the outside, the economy is looking good, and if South Africa can remain on this path, it has a bright future.

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What type of government is there in South Africa?

A Constitutional democracy with a bicameral parliament headed by a state president.

The three seats of government: legislative, administrative and judicial are located in Cape Town, Pretoria and Bloemfontein respectively - this effectively gives South Africa 3 capital cities.

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How did apartheid affect people living in South Africa?

It meant that black people were unable to live any sort of reasoned life. All natural civil rights were taken away from them. They were segregated in education, when using public services and not even allowed to live in "White South Africa".

They were treated inhumanely and considered to be filth and filth.

The prime purpose for their education was to train them to be black labourers as it was considered all they were good for.

It still affects people today and all the other days.

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When did apartheid officially end in South Africa?

well it all ended basically in 1990 when President FW De Klerk announced Nelson Mandela's release and on April 27th 1994 the first democratic elections were held in South Africa with all races being able to vote!

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Non-English Names Pronunciation

How do you pronounce Thabo Mbeki - the ex-president of South Africa?

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Say Tabbo Umbecki


The 'a' in Thabo is pronounced like the u in under.
The 'o' in Thabo is pronounced like the oo in boo.
You do not pronounce the 'h' in Thabo.
So say Taa (like you do to babies) and add boo.

The 'M' in Mbeki is pronounced like when you hum.
Then say the word bear, but don't pronounce the r.
And add Key.

Taaboo Hmmbea(r)key :)

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The above would produce Tubbo - rather say something like Tar-bow.

The closing sound is short - drop the w. Say Ta Bo(w)

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Agreeing with the second answer - the first answer is incorrect.

T-ah-bo [say the 'o' as in the short o sound in the word "or"]

M-beh-key

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Is Black Economic Empowerment doing its job?

I THINK IT DOING IT'S LOD BUT NOT GOOD ENOUGH

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What are the forms of poverty?

case poverty and community poverty

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What role could Steve Biko have played in the new South Africa?

A leader/Member of Government/Social worer/Representative of Good and Bad

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What made the Whites put an end to Apartheid in South Africa?

How white supremacy and apartheid ended'Whites' did NOT stop Apartheid. It was due to multiple factors. Firstly, International pressure played a critical role due to the economic sanctions they imposed on South Africa. President de Klerk and other moderate white Ministers in government were instrumental in starting negotiations for change to majority rule, starting with a shared leadership between Mr Mandela and President de Klerk. Moreover the continuing violence at home was now causing disinvestment as the atmosphere was no longer condusive for business, thus the withdrawal of foreign investors. The collapse of the Communist Socialist Soviet Republic also contributed. The American government withdrew military aid to the South African government as the African resistance was no longer percieved as Communist inspired. The influence of the 'Father Figure', ex President Nelson Mandela (fondly known by all South Africans as MADIBA), can never go unmentioned. His very existence inspired all those who were fighting for the end of Apartheid - white and blacks side by side. The assigning of power to the moderate President de Klerk supporters to power was the final phase as he was prepared to negotiate with Nelson Mandela and his party the African National Congress. Total power was handed over to the ANC after the first ever Free & Fair elections held in 1994. The ANC won a majority of seats in government.

Why did Apartheid end? A combination of events is a reasonable answer. Internal opposition to Apartheid had grown strongly and many areas of South African cities, inhabited by black South Africans, had become ungovernable. There was also considerable labour unrest and strikes were common. There were also occasional bomb attacks. The economy of the country was being affected by both events at home and a growing campaign of international political, sporting, cultural, economic and financial sanctions. In the face of this, the National Party under President FW De Klerk did the sensible thing and repealed Apartheid laws and started negotiations to transform South Africa into a democratic state.

The Apartheid laws had been gradually repealed from the early 1980s, one by one. Resistance to the complete dismantling of Apartheid remained, however, due to white fears of a communist takeover of the country - the ANC had aligned itself with the African communist movements as well as the Soviet Union and China. Furthermore, violence committed by the black liberation movements, both in the townships as well as terror attacks in urban and farming centres also categorised them as terrorist movements, which few governments will ever negotiate with. By the end of the decade, though, the only truly, universally enforced Apartheid laws were those directly linked to limiting political power - for the reasons mentioned above. When the Berlin Wall came down and the 'communist threat' appeared to evaporate, the primary motivation for maintaining what remained of the Apartheid system also disappeared (not to mention the withdrawal of covert support by the US government, which had used white South Africa as a bulwark against communism on the subcontinent). While conservative elements in the country still wanted to maintain Apartheid to protect their cultural dominance, these were in the minority. In a referendum held by De Klerk in 1992, two thirds of whites voted in favour of negotiating a new, non-racial dispensation. In this sense, 'whites did stop Apartheid' all be it under economic and other pressure.

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What did free blacks in the north do to advance their rights and build communities?

the blacks who gained their freedom in the north they founded schools and churches to advance their rights and communties.

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What kind of climate has the region containing Johannesberg South Africa?

Subtropical

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What is Africa's type of government?

Africa is large continent made up of many different countries, and each country has their own type of government.

In general, most African countries have a democratic representative structure in place.

The African Union, a collective body of African countries, supports the spread and improvement of democracy in Africa and provides support for free and fair elections in African countries.

Somalia, at the time of writing (Jan 2008) is a problem state that has no effective national government at all. It also has a market economy.

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Who is the current president of south Africa today?

Jacob Zuma

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