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Title:The KwaNatal Indaba and the politics of promising too much
Author:Nattrass, N.ISNI
Book title:Can South Africa survive? Five minutes to midnight / ed. by John D. Brewer
City of publisher:Basingstoke
Geographic terms:South Africa
constitutional reform
Abstract:This chapter investigates certain political and economic questions raised by an evaluation of the KwaZulu-Natal ('KwaNatal') Indaba. The first section deals with the nature and origin of the Indaba, providing both a brief account of what the Indaba is and a forum for discussing the weakness in the methodology of R.W. Johnson (1977), who posits a close alliance between business and the State, and whose approach, while being closer to the radical than the liberal tradition, lacks the flexibility inherent in a Marxist approach which allows for the undermining of political institutions by economic developments. The second section deals very specifically with the fiscal constraints facing any non-racial KwaNatal government which is serious about providing more than mere rhetorical content to the concept of equality. Assuming that current levels of public spending in Natal and KwaZulu are fair approximations of the resources which would be available to an Indaba government in the region, the author analyses the 1983-1984 spending in the Natal-KwaZulu area, in order to illustrate the scale of the problem to be faced. Even if only 'basic needs' are considered, there are severe fiscal constraints to this constitutional exercise. The region will not have nearly enough finance to provide even education of a standard remotely consistent with popular expectations, as the last section shows. Notes, ref.