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    Posted by revision (U15207447) on Saturday, 13th April 2013

    "the role and powers of SA government at national, provincial and local levels"

    Do you need to know this in depth or just the basics of it... I've looked through some past papers and a question on this hasn't come up

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    Posted by Modern Studies Teacher (U15172411) on Saturday, 20th April 2013

    "the role and powers of SA government at national, provincial and local levels"

    Do you need to know this in depth or just the basics of it... I've looked through some past papers and a question on this hasn't come up 
    Hi,

    You'll be able to see from the Arrangements Document on the SQA website that some detail is provided of the areas to be covered in the course. It's always to difficult to predict potential questions and it's therefore best to look over all the material you've covered during the course. It's unlikely you'll need much more that what is covered in the textbooks you'll be using in class.

    The South African political system: the role and powers of the South African government at national, provincial and local levels.

    Political issues:
    participation and representation. Political parties and support from different groups. Political trends.

    Social and economic issues:
    the nature and extent of social and economic inequalities; demands for change; the effectiveness of government responses and the consequences among and within different racial groups.

    Background: South Africa’s land, people, economy and ideology. (This area will not be examined specifically.)

    Relationship between President, National and Provincial assemblies and the Constitutional Court.
    Recent elections: turnout, outcomes and impact; changing political party support; relationships within and between parties.

    The role of the media and pressure groups.

    The Politics of Transformation; the conduct of political parties and the government.

    Social and economic issues: the nature and extent of social and economic inequalities and their consequences, government responses to the effectiveness of these responses in relation to:
    ♦ health; HIV/AIDS
    ♦ education
    ♦ housing
    ♦ crime and the law
    ♦ land distribution
    ♦ employment; Black economic empowerment
    ♦ economic development
    ♦ the creation of a Black elite and the widening gap between rich and poor South Africans
    ♦ problems of the Afrikaner community

    Ongoing issues and proposals for change in respect of all of the above.

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