Gives a personal account of the author’s memories and experiences of apartheid prior to South Africa’s first democratic elections in 1994. Looks at the changes which have taken place in the nature and function of governance in South Africa ‐ from oppression to liberation ‐ and the challenges that this period of transition has presented: rationalizing the many public service administrations; transforming the role of the security forces; demilitarizing the police force; and formulating a final constitution which is a key determinant of the direction that governance in South Africa takes. Notes a substantially improved relationship between the Government and the people on all levels and a new commitment to openness by the South African Parliament. Stresses the importance of establishing democratic principles, institutions and practices to ensure that the democratic changes achieved so far are permanent.
Ramaphosa, C. (1996), "Swords into ploughshares: The challenge of effective governance in a democratic South Africa", International Journal of Public Sector Management, Vol. 9 No. 1, pp. 17-24. https://doi.org/10.1108/09513559610693242Download as .RIS
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