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Title:New South Africa: prospects for regional cooperation
Author:Gupta, VijayISNI
Periodical:Indian Journal of African Studies
Geographic terms:Southern Africa
South Africa
Subjects:foreign policy
Abstract:While some visualize South Africa's new role in the development of southern Africa as providing new potential for development, others fear the dominance of the Republic and the marginalization of the poorer countries of the region. The apartheid regime saw regional cooperation in terms of maintaining its own political and economic hegemony in the region, amongst others through its failed attempt to form a Constellation of Southern African States (Consas), and its subsequent adoption of a policy of destabilization. In defence, the southern African countries set up the SADCC, aiming to minimize their dependence on racist South Africa, both in the field of economy and the infrastructure. However, despite sanctions and political isolation, South Africa continued to dominate the region. No southern African regional organization can survive by excluding South Africa. Now the changed political situation demands that the SADCC member States induct South Africa into various regional organizations, while continuing to attempt to end their dependence on South Africa and create relationships of mutual benefit. Ref.