May 1, 2001
The broad premise of the article is that South Africa's national experiences encapsulate the currents and contradictions of the twentieth century across the range of the world's states and societies. Hence, South Africa's transitions and governance are worthy of representative examination. Concentrating on the Province of Mpumalanga, the author seeks to identify the political resources African National Congress/ Umkonto We Sizwe (ANC/MK) cadres now in government bring to the tasks at hand: democratization, development, and dealing with the multiple social, political and economic legacies of apartheid. On the basis of cadre interviews, the article discusses the contradictions, limitations, and challenges of ANC governance after the 1994 election and for the current period. The dimensions of that governance are: South African society and its realities; a capitalist economy and its social values; democratic politics, policy making and policy delivery. It is argued that the governance of transition and the circumstances of governance are in flux, with the overall quality of positive dynamics.