South Africa politics & government

See also: South African political parties | Unwembi's list of South African Government Internet Sites | South Africa Government On-line |

Acts Online
Locate the full text of current South African legislation. Pages take a while to load. "Acts include amendments, schedules and regulations and are updated whenever an amendment is promulgated in the Government Gazette." One can receive "notification by email of any updates, amendments and additions to the legislation." From FNB Internet Banking Service and Guarantee Trust Hypertext Systems. [KF]

Adam, Heribert and Kogila Moodley - The Opening of the Apartheid Mind. Options for the New South Africa
Full text of the book. Berkeley : University of California Press, c1993. 277 p. Series: (Perspectives on South Africa). Text is keyword searchable. "Adam and Moodley offer a nonpartisan and controversial analysis of the social conditions and political restraints post-Apartheid South Africa, and propose options for a new South Africa and a new foreign policy for all of Southern Africa. They reject purely racial explanations for political violence....", discusses the Black Consciousness Movement.

African Centre for the Constructive Resolution of Disputes (ACCORD)
" international civil-society organisation working throughout Africa to bring appropriate African solutions to the challenges posed by conflict on our continent." Provides full text reports, journals: Conflict Trends magazine, African Journal in Conflict Resolution, Occasional Papers. Has an internship program. Based in Mount Edgecombe, near Durban, South Africa.
Articles from the AJCR include: Conflict Resolution in South Africa.

African Security Review (Pretoria)
Quarterly journal of the Institute for Security Studies, Pretoria, South Africa. Taken over by Taylor and Francis. Subscription access only.

Alternative Information and Development Centre, AIDC (Mowbray, South Africa)
" alternative information centre doing research, education and training, as well as campaigning and lobbying on the macro issues affecting the development process in South Africa." Concerned with reparations, debt relief, the World Trade Org., publishes the Alternatives newsletter.

Anti-Privatisation Forum
"... established in July 2000 by activists and organisations involved in two key anti-privatisation struggles: the struggle against iGoli 2002 in Johannesburg, and the struggle against Wits 2001 at Wits University. The APF has affiliates from the unions, communities, students and the left." Articles, discussion. Water privatisation, evictions, etc. Based in Johannesburg.

Arms Deal
World Socialist web site article March 2001
BBC article April 2001
BBC article June 2001
Parliamentary Monitoring Group.  Report by the Auditor-General. 2003.

Arms Deal Virtual Press Office
"Towards the end of 1999, the South African Government signed contracts totalling US$4,8 billion (R30 billion in 1999 rands) to modernise its defence equipment, which included the purchase of corvettes, submarines, light utility helicopters, lead-in fighter trainers and advanced light fighter aircraft. The purpose of this Virtual Press Office (VPO) is to follow the thread of certain questions being raised and investigations being undertaken into this controversial arms deal." Based in Cape Town, South Africa. [KF]

Bond, Patrick - "Zimbabwe, South Africa, and the Power Politics of Bourgeois Democracy"
In The Monthly Review magazine, Volume 54, Number 1, May 2002. Bond "teaches political economy at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa."

Cape Town. City.

Centre for Policy Studies (Johannesburg)
Site has closed. " independent policy research institution committed to producing .....research on South Africa's most pressing political and social issues." Has online executive summaries of recent CPS research reports and the complete texts of their most recent policy briefs. Topics include foreign workers, the ANC xenophobia, urban decay, etc.
Publishes - Synopsis, Newsletter of the Governance programme. Has the table of contents.  Covers election, political party issues. 

Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation
The Centre is a South African NGO which began operations in 1989. Has many full-text articles on prisons, crime, rape, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, human rights in Zimbabwe, Pagad Killing of Rashaad Staggie, Gangs, Arms Control, Children, Correctional Services, Death Penalty, Development, Elections, Gender, Globalisation, Hostels, Human Rights, Industry, Industry, International Comparisons, Land Issues, Mental Health, Militarisation, Policing, Political Violence, Postmodernism and Social Control, Racism, Reconciliation, Refugees, State Violence, Theory of Violence, Urban Safety, Vigilantism, Xenophobia, Youth.

Community Agency for Social Enquiry (C A S E)
The site has closed. Some content is archived by the Internet Archive. An NGO which conducts research in the socio-economic, political and developmental fields. Based in Braamfontein, South Africa. Has full text reports online such as:

  • "Civil society and the State in South Africa"
  • "Monitoring Socio-economic Rights in South Africa: Public Perceptions"
  • "Gender Opinion Survey"
  • "Pay Equity: Differences between Women and Men Farm Workers"
  • "Fostering Mutual Co-operation: Intergovernmental Relations in South Africa"
  • "Intergovernmental Relations and Provincial Government"
  • "Health Care in South Africa: The Second Kaiser Family Foundation Survey"
  • "Sustainable livelihoods: Towards a Research Agenda"
  • "Socio-economic and Political Analysis of the Gauteng Province"
  • "Infrastructure Delivery in South Africa: A NEDLAC Project"
  • "The Budgetary Implications of the Implementation of the Domestic Violence Act"
  • "Access to Justice in South Africa: Legal Aid Transformation and the Paralegal Movement."

Constitutional Assembly Project
Contains documents of the legislative body charged with drafting the new South African constitution. Has the full text of various drafts of the constitution and the final constitution. All are also available in zipped form. There is a keyword searchable database.
The final constitution of May 8, 1996 is available in various forms:

  • The full text online (very long file) -
  • Zipped files in Word for Windows 6, Word Perfect 5.1 and plain text -

The amended October 11, 1996 constitution in zip Word Perfect 5.1 form is available.

Constitutional Court
Has the Court Opinions, Constitutional Documents, information about the Court and the judges, links to other sites of legal interest. Maintained by the Univ. of the Witwatersrand Law School.

Corruption & Governance in South Africa : Collection of Marianne Camerer
Guide to a 14 microfilm reel collection on South Africa on corruption and governance related issues, covering Sept. 1995-Mar. 2006. Collected by Marianne Camerer for her doctoral dissertation, "Testing the system -- democracy on trial : corruption and reform in democratic South Africa." Includes political cartoons, newspaper articles, parliamentary records (committee and Hansard), auditor general reports, public protector reports, commissions of inquiry, investigative reports, interviews, conference proceedings, policy documents, survey material, journal articles, court records, and court testimony. Filmed for the Cooperative Africana Microfilming Project, CAMP at the Center for Research Libraries.

C-Span - Cable Television Station Video Library
Free online videos from the U.S. cable television station, C-Span. Very large selection on African figures and topics. Videos may also be purchased.

Democracy Works Foundation
Non profit promoting democracy development. The Executive Chairperson is William Gumede. Online reports - Covid-19 and South Africa, civil society participation in provincial legislatures, Southern Africa electoral reform,etc.  Funders include the Friedrich Ebert Stiftung, National Democratic Institute, European Union, United States Agency for International Development. Based in South Africa. [KF]

Drew, Allison - South African Politics - an Introduction Using Internet Resources
This web course provides a "brief introduction to South African politics and political history using internet-based resources. Students can develop research skills using the web through simple web-based exercises." Includes a historical overview, reading lists, research exercises, two maps. Dr. Drew is with the Dept. of Politics, University of York, U.K.

Election 2009
May 9, 2009 Jacob Zuma was sworn in as South Africa's fourth post-apartheid president.
Patricia de Lille. Independent Democrats.
Pieter Mulder. Freedom Front Plus.
Helen Zille. Democratic Alliance. Ran as the DA candidate for Premier of the Western Cape. Also Facebook page: Helen Zille for President
Independent Electoral Commission.

Electoral Institute of South Africa
Information on South Africa's second democratic election (June 2, 1999). Has voter registration statistics, a directory of all parties registered, results from the 1994 election, results from the 2004 election, etc. The Institute's goals are "the promotion of electoral policies and practices that will produce free and fair elections, and secondly the development of programmes which encourage a civic environment conducive to democratic elections..." Based in Johannesburg.

Email newsletter of political news and analysis, includes a Who's Who section, briefings. Editor: Sean Jacobs. From IDASA, Institute for Democracy in South Africa. To subscribe, send e-mail to:

Facts on File - World News CD-ROM Demo
Extensive information on South Africa's first all-race election, inauguration, and events of April-May 1994 and short biogs of Mandela and De Klerk. To illustrate a cd-rom which sells for $995. South African events April-May 1994:
Inauguration/election results:

Gauteng Legislature
Site for the Gauteng Provincial Legislature. Online are issues of the Hansards, budgets, the full text of bills, the code of conduct, Committee reports. Has historical and recent posters and other art work owned by the Legislature, information on how to initiate petitions, etc. Based in Johannesuburg. [KF]

Global Review of Ethnopolitics
Peer-reviewed online journal which receives additional support from the Specialist Group on Ethnic Politics of the Political Studies Association of the UK. Topics include Kristin Henrard's "Post-Apartheid South Africa's Democratic Transformation Process: Redress of the Past, Reconciliation and 'Unity in Diversity" (in Adobe pdf), and I. William Zartman's "The Timing of Peace Initiatives: Hurting Stalemates and Ripe Moments" (in Adobe pdf). Based at the Department of European Studies, University of Bath, Bath, England. [KF]

Goga, Farhana - "Towards Affirmative Action: Issues of Race and Gender in Media Organisations. A Study on South African Media Organisations (Print and Broadcasting)"
Full text of the study. (Durban: UNESCO / Graduate Programme in Cultural and Media Studies, University of Natal, 2001. 125pp.) The "study offers clear benefits to the industry on constructive ways of implementing the Equity Act, and in bringing about coherent and popularly supported affirmative action and gender sensitivity within media institutions."

Goldstone, Richard J. - "Law and the Search for Justice"(April 1997)
"Justice Goldstone is a member of the Constitutional Court of South Africa. He is the former Chief Prosecutor for the International Tribunals for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia." Discusses his background, apartheid, the Goldstone Commission, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, the International Tribunal for Rwanda and the former Yugoslavia, an internet chat with high school students. Part of the Conversations with History series from the Institute of International Studies, Univ. of California, Berkeley.

Henrard, Kristin - "Post Apartheid South Africa’s Democratic Transformation Process: Redress of the Past, Reconciliation and ‘Unity in Diversity’"
Full text article, in Adobe pdf, in The Global Review of Ethnopolitics, Vol. I, no. 3, March 2002, 21 p.

Helen Suzman Foundation
Promotes liberal constitutional democracy, conducts public policy research, founded 1993. Full text documents - memorial lectures, roundtable series, symposium series, the newsletter Focus, briefs, human rights dialogue, pharmaceuticals in South Africa, universal health coverage. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa. [KF]

Hopes on the Horizon; Africa in the 1990s
Website for the two-hour PBS documentary from Blackside, Inc. ("Eyes on the Prize"), which "chronicles the rise of pro-democracy movements and the expansion of civil society" in Benin, Nigeria, Rwanda, Morocco, Mozambique, and South Africa, during the final, decade of the twentieth century. For each country has facts, a brief background to the democracy movement, an essay, questions (for high school / university students), suggested readings, and the complete transcript. [KF]

Human Sciences Research Council, HSRC
South African research organization which sponsors programs in education, human resources, science development, social dynamics.  Has databases such as the South African Data Archive.  Their Modern Constitutions Database enables scholars to compare and analyze constitutions. For Africa has the constitutions for Namibia, Nigeria, South Africa, and  Zimbabwe.

Independent Electoral Commission
"...a permanent body created by the constitution to promote and safeguard representative democracy in South Africa. Although publicly funded and accountable to Parliament, the commission is independent of the government. Its immediate task is the impartial management of free and fair elections at all government levels." Has a directory of registered parties, the full text of the "Electoral Act 73 of 1999" and detailed results of the 1999 election.

Institute for Democracy in South Africa, IDASA
Conducts public policy research. Had brief descriptions of its programs - community policing, local government, education for democracy, economy and development, constitution, media, etc. Has the table of contents for Siyaya! magazine. Produces an e-newsletter, epoliticsSA. To subscribe to the newsletter, contact Sean Jacobs. E-mail:

Institute for Democracy in South Africa (IDASA). Political Information and Monitoring Service:
Supports democracy and promotes good ethical governance in South Africa. Has the full text of its Advocacy Digest on social justice news and alerts and its newsletter, uku-Shela. Has a Democracy 2000 project, publishes ePolitics. Has a subscription only legislation monitoring service, PIMS Monitor.

Institute for Global Dialogue (Johannesburg, South Africa)
Site does not work in older Netscape browsers. An "independent South African NGO public policy institute; "provides analysis on the changing global environment and its impact on South Africa for the benefit of government and civil society." Publishes a journal, Global Dialogue, several series with full text online (Occasional Papers, Global Insight series, African Dialogue series).
African Dialogue (full text)
1.Transition to democracy in Nigeria: how can South Africa assist? Edited by Kato Lambrechts. 1998. 66 p. (MS Word)
2. Crisis in Lesotho: challenges of managing conflict in Southern Africa. 1999. 47 p. (MS World)

International Institute for Democracy and Electoral Assistance (Stockholm, Sweden)
"Created in 1995 by 14 countries,...promotes and advances sustainable democracy..." Its June 2001 forum is on Democracy and the Information Revolution.
Has many full text publications:

Jenkin, Tim - The Story of the Secret Underground Communications Network of Operation Vula
ANC member Jenkin's account of the ANC in exile's communication methods. The account appeared as a series of six articles in the ANC's monthly journal, Mayibuye, from May 1995 to October 1995.

Joburg: A World Class African City
Official site. Johannesburg city government information, suburb / region descriptions and maps, culural events, news, tourism & business sites, tourist tips. How the city is run. City statistics. History. Soweto. Alexandra Township. 2010 World Cup (soccer). Maintained by the City of Johannesburg.

Klaaren, Jonathan - Interview on South African Immigration Law
Klaaren is Professor of Law, University of the Witwatersrand. Interview on South African immigration law. From the SAfm radio program website for Sept. 4, 2000.

Kwa-Zulu National Provincial Government
Official site.

Land Affairs - South African Consulate-General, New York
Information on land policy, land reform.

Limpopo Province
Previously Northern Province. Speeches, press releases, annual reports of the Departments, investment information, tourism, etc. [KF]

Little Black Book
Biographical information on prominent South Africans. Photograph, contact information, short biography. See the pull-down List for an alphabetical list of people or a list by occupation (business, government, media, development, law, medicine, tourism, arts, sports, academia, information technology, labor, etc.). On-line version of the book published by the Financial Mail, Johannesburg. [KF]

"Mad Scientists" - South Africa's Chemical and Biological Warfare Projects
About Dr Wouter Basson who headed a 1980s effort to "develop chemical and biological weapons for the white-minority regime." Has full text articles, transcripts from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, political cartoons, etc.

Magubane, Bernard Makhosezwe - Reflections on the Challenges Confronting Post-Apartheid South Africa
Full text. Magubane is "Professor of Anthropology at the University of Connecticut, USA. He is particularly interested in urban anthropology and problems of social changes..." From the UNESCO website. [KF]

Mbeki, Thabo
Has a biography, speeches and writings, photographs. On the site of the African National Congress.

Mbeki, Thabo - The African Renaissance, South Africa, and the World
Then Deputy President Mbeki speaks at the United Nations University, 9 April 1998.

McFarland, Tracy Ann - Constitutional promises meet political realities: a case study of South African women's groups and their influence on legislation
The full text is online. 275 pages in PDF. Austin, Tex. : University of Texas Libraries, 2006. Dissertation: Thesis (Ph. D.)--University of Texas at Austin, 2006. Ann.

Monterey Institute of International Studies, Center for Nonproliferation Studies. South Africa's Nuclear Weapons Program
Includes a chronology, map of nuclear sites, links to full text articles on the program, photographs, legislation, maps, reports, policy documents, treaties, and an article in Adobe pdf format, "Lessons for US Policy, An analysis" by Frank V. Pabian.

Mpumalanga Provincial Government
Official site. State of the Province address, speeches, press releases, etc.

Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature
"The Legislature is a provincial parliament and has its seat in the provincial capital, Nelspruit. Mpumalanga Provincial Legislature is constituted of 30 Members of the Provincial Legislature (MPLs), who are elected through a proportional representation system..." Member biographies, committee reports, policy and budget speeches, press releases, facts about Mpumalanga Province, etc.[KF]

Municipal Demarcation Board
Provides information on the demarcation of municipal boundaries and the delimitation of wards. Has metropolitan and district council maps, policy documents, detailed statistics on each province.

National Democratic Institute for International Affairs
A nonprofit NGO, based in Washington, D.C., which seeks to promote democratic institutions in new and emerging democracies. Has South African projects and reports on projects.

National Endowment for Democracy. Democratic Consolidation in South Africa: Progress and Pitfalls
"...February 1998, the Centre for Policy Studies (Johannesburg) and the International Forum for Democratic Studies convened a conference in Johannesburg that examined the first three and a half years of South African democracy,..."

Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa - The (Secret) Truth Commission Files
The Netherlands Institute for Southern Africa prepared reports, Nov. 1997, for the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. They investigate the deaths of Olaf Palme, Dulcie September, and Samora Machel. Their report, Chemical Warfare Case concerns "the involvement of the South African apartheid regime and its secret services in chemical and biological warfare."

Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika
South African government site. Has the text of the South African national anthem, in English, Zulu, Xhosa, Sesotho, Afrikaans, and a history of the anthem. An audio file of Nkosi Sikelel' is over 1 MB.

Nobel Prize
Nobel Prize Internet Archive. Not an official site.

North West Provinc
Official Site.

Northern Cape Provincial Government
The legislature, press statements, speeches, news, provincial government departments, ministers' biographies, issues of Northern Cape News, the Official Voice of the Northern Cape Provincial Government, and of Lentswe, the staff newsletter.

Northern Cape Provincial Legislature
Official site. Some files are very large.

Northern Province. Legislature
Has members by party, committee memberships, Site of the Research and Library Services Divisions of the Legislature of the Northern Province.

The Open Democracy Advice Centre
Promotes access to information and advises whistleblowers "so as to build open and accountable public and private institutions." Has the full text, in Adobe PDF, of Promotion of Access to Information Act and of the Protected Disclosures Act. An Idasa project with the Black Sash Trust and the Public Law Department, University of Cape Town.

Open Society Foundation for South Africa
Foundation, established in 1993 in Newlands, South Africa, by financier George Soros. Supports educational, social and legal reform. Projects include community radio and housing.
See also Open Society News - Newsletter about the programs funded by Soros. Mainly on Eastern Europe but includes his programs in South Africa. One can do a keyword search on South Africa to retrieve information.

Open Society Initiative for Southern Africa, OSISA
In English and Portuguese. Non-profit foundation established by George Soros. Provides grants to organizations. Operates in Angola, Mozambique; Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, Swaziland; Zimbabwe, Zambia and Malawi. Programs in Human Rights and Democracy Building; Media; Education; Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs); Economic Justice. Has Guidelines for Proposal Writing and Preparing Budgets. Based in Johannesburg, South Africa. [KF]

Page for the Afrikaner homeland (volkstaat), Orania. In Afrikaans and English.

"The aim of Pagad is to eradicate gangsterism and drugs from our society, thereby restoring morality and social order to the communities..." Has press statements, memoranda, historical background, etc.

Parliament of South Africa
Official site. Has member information, speeches (Mandela, Mbeki, Buthelezi, various ministers, etc.), a directory of groups monitoring Parliament, the full text of the 1996 and 1997 Hansards (Adobe .pdf format), the full text of recent bills (.pdf format), the full text of Acts (plain text), etc.

Parliamentary Monitoring Group
A database of the minutes of parliamentary committees, "together with accompanying documents handed out at meetings such as public submissions, bills and departmental  briefings." Has a list of selected bills before Parliament,  descriptions of the parliament's committees and their members, the schedule of meetings, etc. "...established in 1995 as a partnership between Black Sash, Human Rights Committee and Idasa with the aim of monitoring parliamentary committee meetings." [KF]

PIMS Monitor
Subscription only. Provides information on all bills, acts and policy documents that pass through parliament. Created by Institute for Democracy in South Africa, IDASA. Information is updated weekly. Annual cost is R2,508 or c. U.S. $312.00

Platform to Protect Whistleblowers in Africa
Helps whistleblowers, NGOs, media in exposing corruption. Country information on whistleblower legislation. Case studies reported are from the Democratic Rep. of the Congo, Namibia, South Africa. John Githongo and William Gumede are on its Advisory Board. [KF]
Blog of Farrel Lifson on South African politics, with links to South Africa sites. Lifson is a computer science grad student at the Univ. of Cape Town.
" and politics of Southern Africa.......breaking news, informed comment and opinion, and easy access to key online resources....... a forum for reasoned debate, ..... welcomes comments and contributions." Owned by Moneyweb Holdings Limited. Based in South Africa.

Politikon, South African Journal of Political Studies
"...focuses primarily on South African politics, but not exclusively so." The official journal of the South African Political Studies Association. Published by Carfax Publishing Ltd. (U.K.) Library rate is $164 per year.
Current news from SAPA (South African Press Agency), the full text (in Adobe pdf) of draft bills, bills, acts, policy documents (white papers, green papers, education policy, telecom policy, etc.), government ministers' speeches, budget speeches, expenditures, revenue, older policy documents [KF]
The Recommendations section includes older reports such as Report on Violence Against Women (May 2002) Report of the Minister of Education to the President (May 2002), Education statistics in South Africa (October 2003), Inquiry into human rights violations in farming communities (September 2003), Country Corruption Assessment Report (April 2003). There is some difficulty in determining the author of some of the reports.

Privacy International
"...human rights group formed in 1990 as a watchdog on surveillance by governments and corporations. PI is based in London, England, and has an office in Washington, D.C." Their Privacy & Human Rights 1999 report covers South African privacy laws and protections. Has the full text of South Africa's Promotion of Access to Information Act (45 pp. in Adobe PDF format). [KF]

Public Broadcasting Corporation - Jim Lehrer News Hour
Has transcripts of interviews on South African issues. For those with sound cards has a RealAudio version as well. Has a keyword search facility for the entire site.

Public Service Accountability Monitor (PSAM)
Creates "public awareness around corruption, transparency and accountability." "tracks cases of public sector corruption and maladministration in South Africa's Eastern Cape." "contains regular updates on these cases and includes audio interviews with officials" some court transcripts, and links to online newspaper articles on the cases. Based at Rhodes University. [KF]

Reconciliation Net
Resources on South African and other reconciliation and transition processes. Has full text articles and papers on amnesty, civil society and transition, reparations, list of videos on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission etc. Has a keyword searchable "International Internet Bibliography on Transitional Justice: A selected bibliography with special focus on Germany and South Africa" by Gunnar Theissen. Has extensive links to related sites, a database of researchers, a mailing list. Part of the Centre for the Study of Violence and Reconciliation (Johannesburg).

Rothchild, Donald - Managing Ethnic Conflict in Africa: Pressures and Incentives for Cooperation
Full text of the book, includes chapters on Angola, South Africa, Sudan, Zimbabwe. The entire book is keyword searchable. (Washington, D.C. : Brookings Institution Press, c1997. 343 p.)

" online journal of American and South African comparative studies. This website intends to provide a forum of discussion for scholars and an intellectual public on both American and South African cultures, literature, media, and politics." One can read articles on South African politics, culture, education and post comments about them. Maintained by Andrew Offenburger.

SAIMMIG.CALS - Southern African Migration Discussion Group
Discussion email list started by Jonathan Klaaren, while at the Centre for Applied Legal Studies, Univ. of the Witwatersrand, on legal and policy issues related to Southern African migration/immigration. To subscribe send email to:
In the message area put: subscribe saimmig.cals
Or send email to:

Samoff, Joel - South Africa Contested Transitions
Site to accompany a Stanford University seminar held Winter Quarter, 2001/2002. Includes readings, documents, audio files. An interactive South African map has layers (political, the great trek, gold mines, cities, homelands, terrain). Click on the plus sign to add a layer or the minus sign to remove a layer.

SANGOCO, South African National NGO Coalition
An umbrella body of South African NGOs. Has the tables of contents/selected articles from its newsletter, NGO Matters. Programs include the Apartheid Debt Campaign. "This campaign draws from the international doctrine of 'odious debt', which spells out that lenders who finance totalitarian regimes have no guarantees of protection from international law." "The Speak Out On Poverty and Inequality Campaign aims to give poor people a platform to speak out about their experiences of poverty and to provide their own solutions."

Site for the NGO sector in South Africa. Has an NGO directory, PRODDER. Provides Website Design, Hosting, Database Design for civil society organizations. Offers internet training, information communication technology (ICT) strategic planning, linux local area networks setup. Based in Johannesburg.

Seiler, John - "Transforming Mangope's Bophuthatswana: Towards Democracy in the North West Province"
With chapters by Francine de Clercq and Snuki Zikalala. The full text of five chapters of the 1999 book are on the Mail & Guardian web site.

Usenet discussion group on South Africa formed November 1994. See the FAQ (Frequently Asked Questions) for soc.culture.south-africa for information about South Africa from postings to soc.culture.african and soc.culture.south-africa (c. 1995), compiled by Scott Hazelhurst.

Usenet discussion group for speakers of Afrikaans. The Afrikaans e-mail discussion group will be gatewayed to this newsgroup. Formed October 1995. news:soc.culture.south-africa.afrikaans

South Africa
Blog on contemporary South African politics, business, and other matters.

South Africa. Government (Official Site)
Speeches, the Constitution, biographies and the speeches of government officials, Mandela's biography and speeches, links to government departments, White Papers, Acts and Bills by subject, Green Papers, reports (incl. some commission reports), tender bulletins, forms, provincial government information, local government information with related links, etc.

South Africa. Government Communciation, and Information System
Official site. Has full text chapters from the South Africa Yearbook, interviews, press releases on the media, the budget vote.

South Africa. Government Ministries & Deputy Ministries
1999 directory, name of the Minister, address, phone, fax, media officer, private secretary.

South Africa. Judicial Commission of Inquiry into Allegations of State Capture, Corruption and Fraud
in the Public Sector including Organs of State
The Chairman is Deputy Chief Justice Raymond Zondo. Also called the Zondo Commissio

South Africa. Local Government Information Service
Has the full text of:

Has information on: the financial affairs of South Africa's municipalities, links to South African cities and metropolitan councils, a discussion forum. One can receive an email local government newsletter.

South Africa. Ministry and Department of Provincial and Local Government
Press releases, the full text of white papers, green papers, department annual report, speeches, acts, bills, regulations, links to metropolitcan and local councils, government departments, provincial government websites, etc. [KF]

South Africa. Parliament

South Africa. Parliament. Joint Investigation Report into the Strategic Defence Procurement Packages
Full text of the Nov. 14, 2001 report, in Adobe PDF. Concerns the investigation into the purchase of armaments for the South African National Defence Force.

South Africa in Transition - UC Berkeley, Graduate School of Journalism
Eight students at the University of California, Berkeley Graduate School of Journalism reported from South Africa March 1999 on AIDS, water shortages and supply, Pieter-Dirk Uys' voter education tour, car jacking, domestic abuse against women, crime, hairstyles, gay and lesbian society.

South Africa. White Paper on International Migration

South African Consulate - Los Angeles
Link 2 South Africa is the attractive web page of the South African Consulate-General in Los Angeles, California. Information on visas, immigration, tourism (Captour, Satour, South African Tourism Board, national parks), trade, investment, etc. Has issues of their newsletter, This Day in South Africa.
Offers subscriptions to their Daily News Bulletin which carries one paragraph per article on political, economic, and social topics. Articles are from South African newspapers.
To subscribe, send email to:
On the Subject line, put: subscribe
The message area can be left blank.

South African Council of Churches (SACC) Public Policy Unit
"...monitors legislation and government policy, engages in advocacy around issues of concern to the church, ...and offers pastoral support to members of parliament." Has Public Policy Updates, SACC Submissions to Government, press statements, etc.

South African Embassy, Washington, D.C.
The Embassy in Washington, D.C. has an extensive site with a daily news bulletin, investment and trade information, South African products for sale, maps, information on U.S. - South Africa relations, South Africa and the Olympics, arts and culture including an exhibit of South African artists, tourism, etc. The past 6-7 months of the Daily News Bulletin are online. The site has a search engine. Provides an e-mail address for questions.
Daily News Bulletin Archives:

South African Exiles Home Page
"...welcomes all South African and Rhodesian expatriates (as well as other friends of the countries) who wish to see the re-establishment of civilised rule in Southern Africa." Meeting reports, news, links to related sites. Based in London.

South African Government Information - Unwembi
Excellent site with full text primary documents. Bills, acts, commissions, discussion documents, green papers, notices, policy documents, press statements, reports, RDP documents, white papers, cabinet, parliament, provincial legislatures, statutory bodies, graphics, etc. From Unwembi Communications, a Cape Town new media publisher / web design firm.

South African Institute of Race Relations (Braamfontein, South Africa)
Well-known public policy research institute founded in 1929. Has selected full text articles from their publications. Has, for members only, the full text of the highly regarded, South Africa Survey (formerly Race Relations Survey). Members can also receive their journals, Fast Facts, and Frontiers of Freedom by email.

South African Local Government Elections
From the Electoral Institute of Southern Africa. Has results of the 2000 election, election reports, essays such as on political party web sites, the December 2000 local government elections, etc. Has an e-mail mailing list. [KF]

South African Police
The annual police plan, crime information/statistics, crime prevention, a kiddies corner, etc.

South African Political Information Exchange- Daniel Silke
Commentary on South African politics, political parties, political history, reviews of new books.

South African Public Administration Site - Johan Groenewald
Links to public administration teaching/research sources including South African University Departments of Public Administration.

South African Students' Congress, SASCO
"The South African Students' Congress was formed in 1991. SASCO was formed as a merger between SANSCO [predominantly black] and NUSAS [predominantly white]." Supports the African National Congress, Congress of South African Trade Unions, and South African Communist Party. Based in Johannesburg. [KF]

Southern African Migration Project
A research programme to facilitate the formulation of new policy initiatives on migration in Southern Africa and to promote awareness of the role/contributions of foreign immigrants of African origin in South Africa. The project is funded by the Canadian International Development Agency, CIDA. Partners include Queen's University (Canada) and the Institute for Democracy in South Africa, IDASA. Has the full text of some articles and reports and its newsletter, Crossings.

Southern Cross
Blog on South African and British political, economic, cultural issues. By Murray Wesson & Andrew Black, South African Rhodes Scholars, writing from Oxford. [KF]

Southscan (London)
E-version of the respected print bulletin of Southern African affairs. Has contents listing for recent issues and contents lisitng for issues from 1994 +

State of the Nation
Full text of this important annual reference source beginning with the 2003/2004 volume. The 2007 edition, State of the Nation: South Africa 2007, is edited by Sakhela Buhlungu; John Daniel; Roger Southall; Jessica Lutchman. Published by the HSRC Press. Use the Search box to locate the title. Access may be slow.

Transparency International - South Africa
"TI-SA commits itself to combating corruption in the public and private sector and in civil society." Has a test version of its Corruption Monitor database which provides abstracts and citations to articles. Publishes the TI-SA Newsletter. Has cartoons (takes a long time to load).

Truth and Reconciliation Commission
Has the full-text of the 5-vol. Final Report, background documents, photos of the 17 commissioners, press releases from Nov. 30, 1995 to date, wire stories from the South African Press Assoc. (SAPA) from April 22, 1996 to date. One can register to receive their updates by e-mail. Has submissions from political parties, transcripts concerning Stephen Biko, Ahmed Timol, Amy Biehl, the Mandela United Football Club, and others.  Hosted by the South Africa Dept. of Justice and Constitutional Development.

Tshwane (City)
Official site. The administrative capital of South Africa. Formerly Pretoria. Has many full text documents (development plan, annual reports, municipal regulations, maps of shopping centers, Plant Ecological study of Rietvlei Nature Reserve), city budget, visitor information, detailed street maps, maps in ArcIMS Viewer, street address search, bus routes/timetables, schools, recipes, link to Wonderbroom Airport, etc. [KF]

Print and online magazine of the African National Congress. The full text from issue No. 1 to the latest issue is online. Topics covered include the ANC leadership, women's movement, alliance with COSATU, SACP, Zimbabwe - South Africa relations, etc. [KF]

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. Chiefs of State & Cabinet Members - South Africa
Provides a list of the South African President, Cabinet members, the Governor of the Central Bank, the country's Ambassador to the U.S., and its U.N. Representative.

U.S. Central Intelligence Agency. World Factbook
Has a map, information on geography, people, government, economy, transportation, communication, defense.

United States Mission to South Africa
Official site.

United States. Strategic Studies Institute
The SSI is part of the U.S. Army War College, Carlisle, PA. Has the full-text in Adobe .pdf format, ASCII, or WordPerfect 5.1 of studies on sub-Saharan Africa. Topics include The African Crisis Response, Military Medical Operations in Sub-Saharan Africa, Armies and Democracy...Nigeria and South Africa.

United States-South Africa Leadership Development Programme
USSALEP has offices in Washington, D.C. and Johannesburg. Brief description of programes they fund.

University of Cape Town. Centre for Conflict Resolution
Has the full text of staff papers and of recent articles from their journal, Track Two, the full text of Working Papers from the Southern African Centre for Defence Information.

University of Cape Town. Centre for Social Science Research
"The Centre for Social Science Research is made up of ...... The Aids and Society Research Unit; the Data First Resource Unit; the Democracy in Africa Research Unit; the Social Surveys Unit and the Southern Africa Labour and Development Research Unit." Has full text Working Papers.
Working Paper topics include:
the Labour Market in South Africa
Surviving unemployment without state support
South African press reporting on children affected by AIDS
Media coverage and the election
Race, class and justice in post-apartheid South Africa
Inequality and diversity in Cape Town
Relationships between adolescents and adults
Labour force withdrawal of the elderly
Health seeking behaviour in Northern KwaZulu Natal
The School day in South Africa
Economic infrastructure investment in South AfricaInformal savings groups in South Africa
Results of election '04
Corruption in......Nigeria
Role of social grants in.......HIV/AIDS
Understanding black households
KHAYELITSHA / MITCHELL’S PLAIN SURVEY 2000; Survey Report and Baseline Information (98 p. in PDF)

University of Manchester. Institute for Development Policy & Management
Has summaries and the full text of Working Papers on "Land, water and local governance in South Africa" and "Information Management, IT and Government Transformation: Innovative Approaches in the new South Africa."

University of KwaZulu - Natal. Centre for Civil Society (Durban)
"to advance socio-economic and environmental justice" Based in Durban, South Africa. [KF]

University of Pretoria
Has full text (in Adobe PDF) of the South African government acts for 1997 and up to mid-1998. [KF]

University of Stellenbosch. Department of Political Science
Has a directory of faculty / staff, courses, links to South African politics sites.

University of Sussex. Institute of Development Studies. (Brighton, U.K.)
Its Civil Society and Governance Programme has country reports for South Africa. and case studies on Kenya, Nigeria, South Africa, Tanzania, and Uganda.

Western Cape. Government

Western Cape. Provincial Parliament

[Wolpe] Harold Wolpe Forum
A series of discussions on crucial issues facing South Africa held in Cape Town, South Africa. Full text of:
"Thinking Theoretically? Afrikaner nationalism and the comparative theory of the politics of identity. A tribute to Harold Wolpe," by Dan O'Meara.
"The Engaged Intellectual and the Struggle for a Democratic South Africa. The Life and Work of Harold Wolpe. Address to the Inaugural Conference of the Harold Wolpe Memorial Trust" by Dan O'Meara
Notes from a May 2000 discussion "After the election, what way forward: the future of the Alliance."

Zuma, Jacob - Friends of Jacob Zuma
"The media has, over a protracted period, persecuted Jacob Zuma for his alleged involvement in the arms deal, subjecting him to all manner of humiliation and severely compromising his dignity." Biography, support messages, photographs. Based in Durban, South Africa.


Print sources



Lyons, Campbell and Tanya Lyons. "Challenges posed by information and communication technologies for parliamentary democracy in South Africa." In Parliament in the age of the Internet, edited by Stephen Coleman, John Taylor and Wim van de Donk, 80-88. Oxford : Oxford University Press in association with the Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government, 1999.


Taylor, J.A. and Eleanor Burt. "Parliaments on the Web: Learning through Innovation." In Parliament in the age of the Internet, edited by Stephen Coleman, John Taylor and Wim van de Donk, 141-155. Oxford : Oxford University Press in association with the Hansard Society for Parliamentary Government, 1999.

"The strongest site for the declaration of members' interests was the South African site."