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Title:The impact of sanctions upon concepts of evolutionary and revolutionary change
Author:Uys, S.
Periodical:RSA 2000: gesprek met die toekoms
Geographic term:South Africa
economic conditions
Abstract:A major discussion is now going on in Cosatu, among other South African trade unions and in the black liberation movement generally, on the effect of disinvestment and sanctions on the South African economy in general and black employment in particular. The international sanctions campaign is a continuum with two polarities: those who favour selective pressures to encourage the South African government to change its apartheid policies (a view shared by South Africa's major trading partners, the US, UK, West Germany and Japan); and those who perceive sanctions as an instrument to bring about the downfall of the South African government (a version endorsed by the ANC, PAC, UDF, Anti-Apartheid Movement, OAU, etc.). The paper shows that a process of rethinking is taking place in Cosatu, the biggest trade union federation in South Africa. Although it accepts the political leadership of the ANC, Cosatu's members are more and more advocates of disinvestment. As their discussion paper states: the effect of disinvestment on employment is more limited than that of economic sanctions. Ref.