Tuesday, October 04, 2005

official parlimentary rhetoric

My supervisor and I were discussing earlier whether government still subscribes to the "Rainbow nation" rhetoric about SA, or whether the president's "African Renaissance" perspective has taken over. I thought that looking through parlimentary documents like these might lend some insight, and to some extent they do. The Rainbow nation ideology is mentioned in the first paragraph. But does that really say much about the direction of government? The rhetoric has taken on such a life of its own, that it isn't clear whether references to it indicate any sort of statement of intent, or just yet another passing reference to an entrenced discoursive device that has passed its sell-by date.

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