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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Elections 2019

[Source: Daily Maverick by Marianne Thamm.]

In her tender, recently published biography ‘Cul de Sac’, penned at the age of 95, Elsa Joubert, considered one of the greatest South African writers of her generation, reflects on the 21st Century existential crisis of Afrikaner identity, inexorably linked to land, language and a putrid history. The electoral gains of the FF+ reflect this mood of some Afrikaans speakers who hope to find a meaningful political heimat in a free South Africa. Read more

[Source: The New York Times by the Editorial Board.]

Cyril Ramaphosa, who retained South Africa’s presidency in national elections last week, faces a serious quandary. His party, the African National Congress — the party of Nelson Mandela, which has governed the country since the end of apartheid — has become profoundly corrupt, as any party would after 25 years of unchallenged power. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in March 2019 (CPI) & +6.2 y/y in March 2019 (PPI)
1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2018)
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