If all goes according to plan, South Africans should have the Constitution they have been waiting for since 1990, by 9 May this year. Despite this, some hard bargaining still lies ahead in some areas, particularly those relating to provincial power (or lack thereof). The Constitution is the essence of the emerging South African democracy. It will provide the framework for all other legislation, for interaction between citizens and the government, and for South Africa's relations with its neighbours and the international community. It will undoubtedly be the single most important document that will emerge from the transformation process in the country.