CAPETOWN : Mandela Takes Stock
South Africa’s new black-led government has begun slowly but steadily to grapple with the legacy of apartheid and the complex challenges that lie ahead. On Thursday , President Nelson Mandela will address the new all-race Parliament in Capetown and give himself a report card on the progress achieved during the first 100 days of his administration.
Analysts give him a mixed review so far. The economy has picked up, but foreign investors remain gun-shy. Political violence is down, but labor strikes have led to bloodshed. Mandela concedes he has yet to deliver on his campaign promise of a better life for all. “The wheels of government grind slowly,” he explains.