This book provides an analysis of the country's political economy in transition. It documents the history of the gold mining industry's involvement in shaping the political landscape of South Africa, and shows the degree to which the political transition was induced to put in place a new mode of regulation for capital accumulation. In the process, the victims of apartheid have now become victims of democracy's neo-liberalism as the government is constrained from being developmental, interventionist and redistributive.
'This admirable study is the first major analysis of the post-apartheid gold mining industry. Tshitereke skillfully shows how an industry in terminal decline continues to exercise an inordinate influence in South Africa.' - Dr. Jonathan Crush, Director Southern African Research Center, Queen's University at Kingston, Ontario ,Canada
Setting the Scene: An Introduction 1. Theoretical Approaches: Modes of Regulation and Accumulation 2. Chamber of Mines and Labor: The Political Economy of South Africa’s Gold Mining Industry, 1886-1987 3. Evaluating GEAR: Labor and Employment Trends in the Chamber Affiliated Gold of Mines 4. From RDP to GEAR: The Political Economy of South Africa’s Transition 5. GEAR, Gold and Labor: The Politics of Redistribution Conclusions: South Africa’s Transition in Retrospect