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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.


[Source: Business Day Live – Editorial.]

Social grants have been one of the most successful of the democratic government’s policies, reducing poverty significantly and bringing life and economic activity even to some of SA’s poorest and remote communities.

Yet the government’s proposals to extend the child support grant from 18 to 21-year-olds is, in a sense, an admission of defeat. Read more

[Source: Thoughtleader, Mail & Guardian by Koos Kombuis.] I have never been to Paris, even though my forefathers hail from France. Yes, as my real so-called Christian name (André le Roux du Toit, or André Letoit for short) suggests, I am of exactly 50% French ancestry. This, in spite of the fact that the only few snippets of French I know consist of phrases like je suis, je ‘taime etc, and I’m not even sure if I spelt those phrases correctly. Read more

[Source: IRR by Andrew Kenny.]

Eskom is seldom out of the news these days and always in it for the wrong reasons. South Africa’s precarious electricity supply, for which Eskom is almost entirely responsible, presents a national crisis. The desperate shortage of electricity is crippling our economy. Because of inadequate generation capacity, our existing power stations, now creaking with age and wear, are being run into the ground and failing more and more often. Their availability – ability to produce power at any moment – is dropping dangerously. The new power stations are years behind schedule. Load shedding and blackouts threaten us every month. To explain these problems and to solve them, there is a clamour from our public commentators and ‘experts’, some of it sensible, most silly. This is an attempt to show what went wrong and how it can be remedied. Read more

[Source: allAfrica by Alexander O’Riordan.]

The Southern African Currency Union (SACU) is most easily identifiable in Botswana’s, Lesotho’s, Namibia’s and Swaziland’s (BLNS) use of the South African Rand as the basis for their own currencies, albeit through printing their own versions of the rand. The currency union is now over a century old and the longest standing currency union in the world. 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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