Assignment 2: Module 3 & Module 4

Consider the list of key questions provided for both Module 3 and Module 4.

Select any key question from Module 3, and any key question from Module 4 (two key questions in total).

Write a short essay in which you explain your own perspectives, thoughts, opinions and ideas about the two key questions that you have selected. In your essay you should refer to the reading material which you have read for these two modules, and discuss some of what you have learned from this reading material. You can also discuss whether you agree or disagree with the positions/views of the authors of each reading, and why.

In your assignment you should clearly state WHICH key questions you have selected to address in your essay. Your essay/assignment should be no shorter than 2 pages, and no longer than 4 pages.

Also, please include the following at the top of the first page:

  • The assignment number (ie. “Assignment 2”)
  • Your full name and surname.

KEY QUESTIONS for Module 3:

  1. The Municipal Systems Act allows local authorities to ‘seize property’ for non-payment for services. How has this been implemented?
  1. How has the composition of the ‘working class’ changed in South Africa over the last 20 years and who/what constitutes the ‘other working class’?
  1. What did the struggle of workers at Marikana tell us about wage inequality in South Africa and the attitudes of the rich/bosses?
  1. What do you think are the main reasons for there being so little redistribution of land despite minority ownership of land being at the centre of the apartheid system?

KEY QUESTIONS for Module 4:

  1. Who are your moral/ethical role models in South Africa today? Explain your choices.
  1. How should a country like South Africa go about creating jobs (and what kind of jobs) that do not rely on capitalists?
  1. Do you think a consensus can and should be reached between labour (workers) and capital (the bosses) on the way forward for South Africa? Explain your answer.

4. Do you feel as though class is a more significant issue than race in present-day South Africa? Make an argument either way.