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The extent to which South Africa is a deeply divided society

Posted by lednum on October 4, 2006

Divisions within South Africa have been shown in employment.

-unemployment rates by all ages have increased.In 1998, 52% of 16-24 year olds were in full time unemployment.

-unemployment rates in hire provinceshave increased, in Limpopo,in 1995,42% were regarded as unemployed where as in 2005,57% suffered these discrepancies.

Progress made in employment:

-the social and economic developments found in the 2001 census showed that the position of blacks over the previous five years has improved.

-meaning many black middle class children have enrolled in primary or secondary schools.

furthermore, another factor which has lead to divisions within the society is crime.

– in 1995, murder rates had increased from 84.3% to 84.8% in 2003.

-South Africa also maintains the second highest murder rates contribites to divisions in society.

 However, there has been some progress made in crime:

-rape and attempted murder rates have all substantially decreased,in 1995, the attepmted murder rate was at 68.1% dropping to a little  more comfortable 42.7%

-in 1996 South Africa held a high 85 per 100,000 decreasing to 48 per 100,000 in 2001.

the establishment of organsied crime fighting coperation “scorpion”

The Directorate of Special Operations (also,DSO or Scorpions) is a multidisciplinary agency that investigates and prosecutes organized crime and corruption. It is a unit of The National Prosecuting Authority of South Africa. The staff of 2000 Scorpions consist of the best police, financial, forensic and intelligence experts of South Africa.

It is also debated that divisions in healthcare played a major part in answering the question.

– the refusal of Thabo Mbeki to allow the presicription of medical help for HIV victims, resulting in Nationwide problems.

-this was because Mbeki could not personally link HIV to AIDS.

Despite this, progress has been made to distinguish divisions.

-primary healthcare programmes have been set up in both urban and rural areas as an act to provide free care.

-the world health organisation was set up to try and eradicate polio and measels by encouraging shots for all children under five years old.

South Africa’s population in general enjoys good health, compared with other African countries in the 1990s. Rural health care compares favorably with delivery systems in Kenya and in Nigeria, for example. The system reflects the biases of apartheid, in that superior care is available to wealthy urban residents, most of whom were white as of 1995, and inferior services are available to the poor, who are black. These differences began to narrow in the early 1990s, as apartheid was being dismantled. Under the government’s 1994 blueprint for social and economic development, the Reconstruction and Development Programme (RDP), R14 billion (for value of the rand–see Glossary) was set aside for improvements in health care.


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