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Peer Review Status: Refereed
Title: The Lingering Environmental Impact of Repressive Governance: The Environmental Legacy of the Apartheid Era for the New South Africa
Authors: Steyn, Phia
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Keywords: South African history
Issue Date: Dec-2005
Publisher: Taylor & Francis
Citation: Steyn P (2005) The Lingering Environmental Impact of Repressive Governance: The Environmental Legacy of the Apartheid Era for the New South Africa, Globalizations, 2 (3), pp. 391-402.
Abstract: This article aims to explore the historical link between contemporary environmental problems and the environmental, economic and political policies of the apartheid government. The analysis draws on an examination of the detrimental environmental impacts of the apartheid era and how international isolation impacted on governmental environmental management in the country, before turning attention to the way in which the ANC government has managed the South African natural and human environments in the period after 1994. The article shows that despite many important new developments since 1994, that there are high levels of continuity between the environmental management practices of the old and the new regimes. This state of affairs negatively impacts on the ability of the ANC government to provide every South African citizen with the clean and safe environment guaranteed to all within the 1996 Bill of Rights.
Type: Journal Article
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Rights: Published in Globalizations by Taylor & Francis (Routledge).; This is an electronic version of an article published in Globalizations, Volume 2, Issue 3, December 2005, pp. 391 - 402. Globalizations is available online at:
Notes: This article also appeared unchanged as a chapter in the following edited collection: Jan Oosthoek and Barry K. Gills (eds), _The Globalization of Environmental Crisis_ (Abingdon: Routledge, 2008), pp. 109-120.
Affiliation: History

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