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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Achievements Of President's First 100 Days

CAPE TOWN -- South African President Nelson Mandela's critics and backers agree that 100 days is too short a time for him to have erased the legacy of centuries of white supremacy.


Here are some of his achievements since his inauguration:


?2.5 billion rand ($695 million) has been carved out of the budget to finance the first year of a five-year reconstruction and development program, aimed at raising living standards in the black ghettos.


?White, colored (mixed race), Asian and black education departments have been merged into a single authority July 1.


?The government is returning displaced people to traditional homes.


?Former African National Congress guerrilla chief Siphiwe Nyanda has been named chief of staff of a new armed forces and nine other blacks promoted into the previously all-white general staff.


?An estimated 40,000 ANC guerrillas and soldiers from disbanded tribal homelands are being integrated into the new army. Compulsory white military service has been abandoned in favor of a voluntary system.


?Ten tribal homelands created as dumping grounds for blacks have been reintegrated into South Africa.


?Pregnant women, and children under the age of 6 were given free health care from June 1.


?Far-right white Conservative Party leader Ferdi Hartzenberg and the radical black Azanian People's Organization have started talks with Mandela about peaceful coexistence.


?Inflation is in single figures and growth predictions are in the 2.5 to 3 percent zone after four recession years.


?Political violence, much of it between black factions, has subsided.