Wednesday, April 14, 2004

South Africa Goes to the Polls

So today is the day South Africa votes. Wish I was there. Looks like the ANC is on its way to a landslide victory, here is a link to a BBC report following a recent interview with Thabo Mbeki who, by all accounts, seems to have done a good job of selling the ANC at the grassroots once again. The site also gives a potted little box of achievements and challenges so far, e.g. 70% households now electrified, 1.6 million houses built since the 1994 change of government. It also mentions the challenges such as the estimated 30% unemployment rate and the staggering HIV figures, over 5 million people infected. What a challenge indeed. Politics ZA, a blog always worth the visit, they predict the seats as ANC 65, DA 12, IFP 8, ACDP 5, NNP 3, UDM 2, PAC 1, ID 1, FF+ 1, a little bit different to poll data. We wait and see...