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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Anti-minority themes

[Source: The Washington Post by Loren B. Landau.]

Over the past month, South African citizens turned on immigrants and outsiders in a bout of deadly force and political theater. At least seven are dead and thousands more displaced. Although the world woke up to the mix of violence and xenophobia in May 2008, attacks on foreigners and other outsiders neither began nor ended in 2008. Hundreds have been killed since then in isolated incidents and locally organized melees. Only one person has been convicted of murder in connection with these killings. Although the most visible violence has abated, popular and political responses may exacerbate rather than calm the tensions. Such violence betrays hopes of a peaceful “rainbow nation,” but comes as little surprise to anyone who has followed the persistent demonization of foreigners and the micro-politics of the township. Read more

[Source: Moneyweb by Jerry Schuitema (picture).]

My parents were migrants. They fled the great depression in Europe before World War II in pursuit of greener pastures in faraway lands. They were, of course, far better off than today’s migrants because many were not only encouraged but welcomed at destinations seeking skills and a certain ethnicity. But still, it was a tough decision and a tough life with not much milk and honey in their new habitats. Read more

[Source: Business Day Live by Carol Paton.]

THE Department of Trade and Industry sprung a surprise on business, issuing an unexpected “clarification notice” on Tuesday that broad-based empowerment and employee share ownership schemes will no longer count as much as individual share ownership on the black economic empowerment (BEE) scorecard. Read more

[Source: Solidarity.]

South African trade union Solidarity today presented the draft complaint about affirmative action it intends to bring before the United Nations later this year. In terms of the Solidarity complaint, the South African government is contravening a UN convention that prohibits all forms of race discrimination. The complaint focuses on government’s use of the national race demography as a quota policy. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
4.4% y/y in January 2018 (CPI) & +5.1 y/y in January 2018 (PPI)
3,1% q/q for the 4th quarter of 2017
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