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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Media freedom

[Source: Daily Maverick by amaBhungane & Scorpio.]

Scorpio has previously exposed how the Guptas and their British PR firm Bell Pottinger make use of fake social media profiles to disseminate a counter-narrative of “white monopoly capital” in order to defend their operations in South Africa. For those yet to be convinced, there is direct evidence from the #GuptaLeaks emails of one of the family’s lieutenants composing tweets for broadcast by fabricated Twitter accounts.  Read more

[Source: Daily Maverick by Heidi Swart.]

Cyberspying. Hackers. Drones. Mass interception devices. Row upon row of servers storing millions of conversations. High resolution cameras, and uniformed personnel in war rooms watching our every move on an array of obnoxiously oversized screens. This is what comes to mind when one hears the phrase “government surveillance”. The astounding advances in surveillance tech mean that the all-seeing eye of Big Brother has never been more powerful – or more difficult to regulate. But the biggest threat to our privacy may lie in something completely unglamorous, old school and low-tech: phone bills. Read more

[Source: South African Monitor by Heinrich Matthee.]

South Africa’s state security minister David Mahlobo has accused ratings agencies of forcing regime change after Standard & Poor’s downgraded the government’s credit rating to junk in the beginning of April 2017. His statement was reported by the state-controlled SA Broadcasting Corporation on 9 April. Read more

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South Africa at a Glance
55 910 000 (mid 2016 estimate)
5.3% y/y in April 2017 (CPI) & +4.6% y/y in April 2017 (PPI)
-0.7% q/q for the 1st quarter of 2017
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