The South African Economy: Coping with the Legacy of Apartheid

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Case Length : 19 Pages
Period : 1994-2007
Pub Date : 2007
Teaching Note : Not Available
Organization : -
Industry : -
Countries : South Africa


The South African economy is characterized by extreme income disparity along racial lines. Many blacks are unemployed and poor, while most whites are better off. This uneven distribution of wealth is the direct result of the apartheid system that was followed by the government between 1948 and 1994. The case chronicles the state of the South African economy from the 1950s, when many apartheid laws were passed, till the mid-2000s, when the economy was showing good growth. It discusses some of the policy initiatives taken by the ANC government after coming to power in 1994 and the implications of these policies for the South African economy.

It also discusses the criticisms against the government's policies. The case ends with a discussion on the future prospects of the South African economy.


Learn more about the apartheid system that was practiced in South Africa and the effects of the system on the country's economy

Learn more about the problem of economic disparity between population groups in South Africa

Understand the significance of governmental policy initiatives and their effect on an economy

Critically analyze the various policy initiatives taken by the South African government to address the economic disparities

Evaluate the future prospects of the South African economy


  Page No.
Introduction 1
Background Note 2
The South African Economy in the Apartheid Era 3
The Economy in the Post-Apartheid Era 5
The Policy Initiatives 6
Subsequent Policy Initiatives 10
Outlook 11
Exhibits 13


South African economy, Income disparities, Macroeconomic policy , Apartheid, Reconstruction and Development Programme, Growth, Employment and Redistribution Policy, Inflation , Government policy

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