The dismantling of the apartheid regime in South Africa caused massive transformation in both geographical and economic terms, not only in this country but also in the region as a whole. As the post-apartheid government enters its second term, this captivating volume assesses its progress in unravelling the geography of apartheid, both in South Africa itself and in its relationships with other countries in Southern Africa and Africa. It also considers the ways in which South Africa, now that it is no longer a pariah state, has begun to position itself within the current global economy. Examining South Africa’s land and agriculture, mining and minerals, manufacturing, tourism, corporate finance, the labour market and transport, the volume discusses the challenges of balancing growth and redistribution, the extent and nature of progress, change and relationships within the regional and global economy. A compelling investigation into the economics of South Africa's neighbouring states in relation to their natural resources, colonialism and inter-relationships with themselves and with South Africa leads to a focus on the region as a whole and its relations with the global economy.
’This volume brings together the region’s leading geographers who desegregate the stereotypes about the world's poorest region�. Through authoritative and accessible chapters on the key regional economic sectors and individual country profiles, they enhance our underdeveloped understanding of the complex geography of wealth and poverty in Southern Africa. As a text for Regional Geography, African Studies, Political or Economic Geography this book provides a major contribution. Leading Southern African geographers provide clear and insightful chapters on sectoral and national dynamics that drive the rapidly shifting realities of a region whose vulnerability is of global concern.’ Assistant Professor Susan Parnell, Department of Environmental and Geographical Sciences, University of Cape Town, South Africa ’This is the first comprehensive thematic handling of South Africa's Economic Geography in a long time and will be widely used by geographers, economists, policy analysts and development practitioners. Drawing from the writing of all the leading practitioners in the field the volume also examines the dominant development themes in the neighbouring states and looks at South Africa in terms of regional and global integration. This will be a particularly valuable book for those educators involved in teaching either regional or systematic courses on Southern Africa.’ Professor Roddy Fox, Rhodes University, Grahamstown, South Africa
Contents: Introduction, Anthony Lemon and Christian M. Rogerson; South Africa: Land reform and agriculture, Charles Mather; Leviathan bound: fisheries reform in South Africa, 1994-2001, Lance van Sittert; Mining and minerals, Paul Crankshaw; South Africa’s manufacturing economy: problems and performance, Etienne Nel; Tourism - a new economic driver for South Africa, Christian M. Rogerson; South African finance across time and space, Patrick Bond; South Africa’s information technology economy: directions and key policy issues, Christian M. Rogerson; Public transport in the changing South Africa, 1994-2000, Meshack Khosa. Neighbouring States: Namibia’s economy: from colonial chattel to postcolonial pragmatism, David Simon; Adjustments to globalization: the changing economic geography of Botswana, Agnes Musyoki and Michael Bernard Kwesi Darkoh; Lesotho: peripheral dependence, poverty and political instability, Anthony Lemon; Swaziland: changing economic geography, Miranda Miles-Mafafo; Zimbabwe: in search of spatial and social equality, Lovemore Zinyama and Daniel Tevera; Mozambique: development, inequality and the new market geography, Graham Harrison. South Africa and Beyond: Regional economic integration, Richard Gibb; Trade, aid and foreign investment: South Africa, Southern Africa and the European Union, Anthony Lemon and Richard Gibb; Index.