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Elections 2014

SAM Poster[Source: http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2014/02/20/does-the-anc-have-a-good-story-to-tell by Gareth van Onselen.]

PRESIDENT Jacob Zuma established what will be the defining African National Congress (ANC) pitch to the electorate come May 7, when he said at several points in his state of the nation address last week that “we have a good story to tell”. Read more

SAM R W Johnson[Source: http://politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71639?oid=538848&sn=Detail&pid=71639 by RW Johnson.]

The announcement of South Africa’s fifth democratic election for May 7 is a bold stroke by Jacob Zuma – and quite possibly a canny one. The easy explanation of the date is, of course, that it comes shortly after the 20th anniversary celebrations of April 27, when the first democratic elections were held. Some people have even taken to talking of that date as South Africa’s independence day, forgetting that that was actually on 31 May 1910. Read more

Vote 3

[Source:  http://sabc.co.za/news/a/7e3c308042d82fd4b15cfb56d5ffbd92/Mixed-reactions-to-election-date.]

The ANC has welcomed President Jacob Zuma’s announcement that May 7th is the 2014 national election date. The party has called on people who have not yet registered to vote in the fifth national general elections to take advantage of the final exercise on Saturday and Sunday.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe says they are ready to start talking to voters.
Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille says her party is prepared for the vote and she is looking forward to the election campaign. Read more

SAM IEC

[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-01-06-2014-a-year-when-governments-big-guns-head-for-the-exit/#.UsqFNZrxvIU by Ranjeni Munusamy.]

While the elections will be the big political event of 2014 – provided of course that we do not have another presidential recall or an unfortunate incident at the Nkandla firepool which would require a new Number One to be installed (or Kgalema Motlanthe to come off the reserve bench again). But what happens after the elections? Who will be on the team at the top of the political food chain, and who will join the ranks of sad opinion writers and grumpy old men and women lamenting their glory days? Read more

South Africa at a Glance
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
5.1% y/y in September 2017 (CPI) & +4.2% y/y in August 2017 (PPI)
2.5% q/q for the 2nd quarter of 2017
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