BUILDING THE NEW SOUTH AFRICA South Africa's election celebrations continue -- but the challenges of clearing away apartheid's legacy and reconstructing the country have now moved center stage. This issue of CrossRoads focuses on evaluating what has and has not been accomplished by the ANC's landslide victory, and what dilemmas lie ahead. The centerpiece articles are in- depth pieces by Raymond Suttner and Jeremy Cronin, leading figures in the ANC and South African Communist Party. We are deeply grateful to these authors for carving out time from their tremendously demanding schedules to provide CrossRoads readers with such extensive and timely analyses. This issue was edited CrossRoads Board member Frances M. Beal and Myesha Jenkins, an anti-apartheid activist in the U.S. for 20-plus years who is now South Africa Coordinator of the U.S.-South Africa Sister Community Project. Special thanks to our Myesha: her work on the ground in South Africa on this issue has been indispensable. Nesbit Crutchfield, coordinator of the Bay Area Southern Africa Network, points out in his contribution to this issue that there is still a vital role for solidarity activism in the U.S. If you are not already hooked up with one of the following sources of information or involvement, we urge you to contact: African National Congress, PO Box 61884, Marshalltown, 2107, South Africa; The African Communist, PO Box 1027 Johannesburg, 2000, South Africa (subscription information on page 15); Washington Office on Africa, 110 Maryland Ave. NE, Washington, DC 20002, 202-546- 7961; TransAfrica, 1744 "R" Street NW, Washington, DC 20009, 202-797-2301; Bay Area Southern Africa Network, PO Box 98, Oakland, CA 94604, 510-444-5009; U.S.-South Africa Sister Community Project, 3254 Adeline St., Berkeley, CA 94703, 510-601-7635; South Africa Political Update -- a biweekly news summary from South Africa, a free service welcoming (and dependent upon) donations; to be added to the Update's e-mail or fax list, or to contribute, write to the Institute for a New South Africa/U.S.-South Africa Sister Community Project at the previous address; South Africa Exchange Program on Environmental Justice, 6 Goodrich Road #2, Jamaica Plain, MA 02130, 617-983-2239. WELCOME WENDY, AIMIE, TAHAN, NARI, SESSHU We're happy to announce that Wendy Smyer Yu will be joining CrossRoads for the next few months as an art/design intern. Wendy is a 1994 graduate of New College of California (San Francisco) where she majored in environmental studies. She has a strong background in environmental ethics and is particularly interested in our cultural and artistic expressions of nature. She has been experimenting in book arts and recently published two books of her poetry. We're also enthusiastic about welcoming four new Contributing Editors to CrossRoads: Aimie Gresham, Tahan Jones, and Nari Rhee guest edited CrossRoads' "Solutions from a Dissed Generation" April issue; Sesshu Foster has contributed several pieces to CrossRoads on worker writers and cultural activism. SOUTH AFRICA REPORT-BACK Bay Area participants in the South Africa Media Project -- including this issue's co-editor Fran Beal -- will report on their experience in South Africa and lead a discussion on the complex political realities facing the country this July 9. The event will be a benefit for CrossRoads 1994 Fund Drive; donations of $10-25 (sliding scale) will be appreciated: Saturday, July 9, 2-5 p.m., 805 57th St. (at Martin Luther King) in Oakland; refreshments will be served. Call 510-843-7495 for more information.