oa Africa Insight - Top management's perceptions of strategic goals in Bophuthatswana: A comparison

Volume 17, Issue 2
  • ISSN : 0256-2804



The Republic of Bophuthatswana became the fifty-third independent state on the continent of Africa on 6 December 1977.1 Its territories comprise some 40 000 km2 and according to the 1980 census support a population of approximately 1,3 million people. The total number of Tswana-speaking people in southern Africa is well over three million. The traditional approach to the economy characterized by a reliance on a day to day subsistence basis has almost completely disappeared in Bophuthatswana. Traditional land-tenure systems have been reviewed in favour of economically viable units, as individual efforts make room for co-operative production. The old order has been changed and the people are confronted by the challenge that has followed in the wake of independence and nationhood.

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