Analysis Of The Article ' Neoliberalism And Casualization Of Public Sector Services '

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When the racist Apartheid system in South Africa was ousted in 1994, the new ANC government embraced neoliberal economic theory and set about privatizing virtually everything, they cut taxes for the wealthy, destroyed capital controls and deregulated their financial sector. However after 21 years of neoliberal government, more black South Africans are living in extreme poverty, more people are unemployed and South Africa is an even more unequal society than it was under the racist Apartheid regime. Miraftab explains in the article ‘Neoliberalism and casualization of public sector services’ where the case of waste collection services in Cape Town is used as an example she says that although ‘each have relied on distinctive arguments, discourses and ideologies, both the apartheid and the neoliberal post-apartheid governments of South Africa have actively fostered the same dual labor market of formal and secure, versus casual and insecure jobs’ (Miraftab, 2004: 889). She goes on to suggest that the ‘government in its post-apartheid moment mobilized patriarchal gender ideologies as well as the rhetoric of voluntarism and skill acquisition to justify the cheap or unpaid labor of women as casual laborers or volunteers in waste collection’ (Miraftab, 2004: 874). This is a classic case of pluralism and is indicative of the swift onset of neo-liberalism.

Although one of the prevailing components of neo-liberalism is to liberate the market from governmental intervention and…

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