South Africa is not what it used to be. It isn't what it's going to be either. It's stuck somewhere in the middle, in a social and politcal mindwarp of relentless transition and transitional relenting. Either way, confusion and uncertainty rule the day as the familiar signposts that once kept us in our place are erased, painted over, or auctioned off at lavish Ntionaly Party fund-raising dinners. Suddenly South Africans have become tourists in their own country - wandering around with mouths open and eyes boggling at the bizarre customs, practices and beliefs of the diversity of people with whom they share thsi strange and complex inner landscape.
The unlitmate waht's-really-what of the new South Africa, an indispensable handbook and survival manual for old South Africans, new South Africans, slightly shopsoiled South Africans, and South Africans awaiting indemnity. This handy pocket guide will also be of incalculable benefit to foreign investors from Beirut, asylum seekers from Albania, fact-finders from Moiscow, and pick-pockets.