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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Media freedom

[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

[Source: Daily Maverick by Rebecca Davis.]

The burglary at the SABC’s Parliament offices on Friday night is the latest in what appears to be a trend of theft, harassment and intimidation targeted at journalists, activists, dissenting politicians and whistle-blowers in South Africa. This is not new: groups like Right2Know have been raising concerns about this for some years. But the brazenness with which such activities are undertaken appears to be rising. Read more

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South Africa at a Glance
55 910 000 (mid 2016 estimate)
6.1% y/y in March 2017 (CPI) & +5.2% y/y in March 2017 (PPI)
0.3% q/q for the 4th quarter of 2016
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