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By Pierre Beaudet, Nancy Thede, Alice Ridout, Greggor Mattson

The booklet takes a difficult examine inner advancements and sophistication formation within the area and explores the advanced dynamics underlying the 'failure' of socialist transformation, demystifying the highly-simplified 'destabilisation' thesis and pointing to a couple of the issues that forces for switch in South Africa itself could have to stand within the Nineties. The chapters make major connection with altering current and destiny kinfolk with South Africa, and to the influence of inner alterations at the improvement of neighbouring countries.

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The tripartite alliance in the ruling bloc (military, National Party elite, monopoly capital), originally structured by P. W. Botha on his accession to power, has always been an uneasy one. This bloc has been unable to resolve the crisis - at best, it was able to hold off total collapse of the apartheid system. The crisis continued to deepen with the 1984- 86 internal uprisings and the increasing international sanctions pressure. 11 The military setback at Cuito Cuanavale thus was the prelude to a shift in dominance and internal restructuring of the ruling bloc, with a reduction - but not elimination - of the influence of the military in favour of monopoly capital under the new State President de Klerk.

20 The 'thaw' has meant a freer rein for US policy and interests in the region. 'In Africa, the USSR appears to have effectively renounced SADCC: Autonomy or Submission? 39 attempts to influence events in those countries in which it does not have a long-standing interest. Where it does have such an interest, it is now unwilling to back its diplomacy with the threat of force. US diplomacy in Africa is now the only one backed by the threat of military action. ' 21 In the Southern African Region The devastation wrought on the countries of the region, and particularly Angola and Mozambique, has led them to compromise with South Africa in the hopes of being able to buy a measure of peace and stability enabling them to rebuild their economies.

41 The chapters on Zimbabwe and Namibia in this volume evaluate the political and developmental implications of choices made by the independent governments in the field of land policy, and find that the meagre advances made are quickly being eroded by new structural-adjustment-inspired agricultural policies. South Africa, of course, offers again the most disparate portrait, with a large part of its rural areas (and in particular, the bantustans) unable to support their population, and largely deprived of basic health and education services.

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