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Privatizing Hope

African National Congress (ANC) Tries to Sell-Off South African Utilities; Soweto Residents Resist


August 19th, 2004

Ten years after the first democratic elections in South Africa brought the African National Congress to power, critics claim that privatization and neoliberal economic policies have usurped the promise of democracy.

Trevor Ngwane, head of the Soweto Electricity Crisis Committee and member of the Anti-Privatization Forum, tells Walter Turner about the ANC shift from the South African Freedom Charter to accepting World Bank prescriptions for development.
Soweto Resists Privatization Moves

Patrick Bond,
professor of economics at Wits University in Johannesburg, reviews the failures of privatization in water, electricity, telecommunications and transportation.
ANC Privatizations Fail to Deliver in South Africa