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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Decreasing investment protection

[Source: The Economist.]

At the start of a 4am shift, gold miners scan their fingerprints and squeeze into tiny “mantrap” turnstiles, designed to prevent thieves from slipping through. Then they pile into cages and descend nearly three kilometres (2 miles) underground at Sibanye Gold’s Driefontein mine. A warren of increasingly narrow tunnels leads to the reef, where miners blast a rock face rich with gold. It is gruelling work. Deep in the bedrock, the air feels as hot and humid as a tropical jungle. Read more

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South Africa at a Glance
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
5.1% y/y in June 2017 (CPI) & +4% y/y in June 2017 (PPI)
-0.7% q/q for the 1st quarter of 2017
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