Essay on The Future of South Africa

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The Future of South Africa

Some things in South Africa are becoming better as we move into the future, while others are becoming worse. The government in South Africa is better. All the provisions of the new constitution were in place as of the year 1999.

In June of 1999, President Nelson Mandela’s term ended, and Thabo Mbeki was elected as president. There was a peaceful change in government, and Mbeki is doing many things to help the country. Some of these include eliminating hatred between races, ending poverty, and reducing violent crime. The government is also electing more people of different races and genders to the National Assembly and the Cabinet.

The economy in South Africa is the best of all the countries in
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The government is now requiring all children to attend at least ten years of school, regardless of race or gender. A council of Education Administrators has been established to control the new educational system.

More funding from the government is being raised and put towards education, and more universities have been established for the people of South Africa.

Health care in South Africa is steadily becoming worse, and probably will continue to into the 21st century. Each year in South Africa, one and a half million people are infected with HIV, and it is estimated that about 4.8 million people in South Africa will be infected by 2005. Another ten thousand die each year because of Tuberculosis.
Also, the infant mortality rate is twice what is normally expected for a country with South Africa’s income. Not many people have access to doctors or a national health plan. In cities there is only one doctor for every seven hundred people, and the ratio is even worse in rual areas. Most whites receive much better health care than blacks, mainly because they are able to afford private health care. Few people are able to afford private health care because of the extremely high prices.

The treatment of women in South Africa is worsening. Little attention is given to the problems of women, even though all people are supposed to be treated equally. Abuse and rape of women is very common, but usually nothing is done about it. Fifty-eight percent of the women in
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