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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Elections 2014

SAM Vote 3[Source:  http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-06-02-iss-analysis-digging-deeper-into-the-2014-election-results/#.U5AFRbmKDIU with notes by J Brooks Spector.]

The Institute for Security Studies and Daily Maverick came together for a seminar to digest the deeper meaning of the recent election – besides the obvious point that one Jacob Zuma’s party won this round.

See the entire presentation by Collette Shulz-Herzenberg here and the entire presentation by Jonathan Faull here.

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SAM Parliament[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-05-26-zuma-reloaded-gigantic-new-team-ambiguous-mission-same-mirages/#.U4MyR7mKDIU by Ranjeni Munusamy.]

The one thing President Jacob Zuma needed to do through the appointment of his new Cabinet was create the impression that he was starting his second term with a clean slate. There is certainly enough big news in the announcement to produce that impression – South Africa’s first black African Finance Minister, a new ministry for Small Business Development, two separate ministries for communications and new occupants in most portfolios. Zuma is also sharing his office space in the West Wing of the Union Buildings with four new people – Cyril Ramaphosa, Jeff Radebe, Susan Shabangu and Buti Manamela. But is Zuma’s second term going to be different from his dreadful first administration? Read more

SAM Parliament 2SAM Zuma 2[Source: http://mg.co.za/article/2014-05-26-propaganda-ministry-is-a-go-without-mac by Phillip de Wet.]

What used to be communications becomes good old post and telecommunications again – while what should be “new communications” is simply propaganda.

The whispers that started weeks ago were wrong, as they so often are: presidential spokesperson Mac Maharaj will not be the minister for propaganda after all.  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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