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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Media freedom

Newscaster in Television Studio[Source: http://mg.co.za/article/2014-06-08-sabc-refuses-to-broadcast-city-press-ads.]

The SABC has refused to broadcast a series of City Press advertisements, which were part of a barter agreement, the newspaper reported on Sunday.  The advertisements – which referred to the 2012 Marikana shooting in Rustenburg, e-tolling and the Economic Freedom Fighters – were due to be aired this month. On May 28, however, Cornette Zietsman from the newspaper’s marketing division was informed in an email that the material was “not suitable for transmission” and that the booking request was cancelled “until further notice”.  Read more

SAM ANCYL 2[Source: http://themediaonline.co.za/2014/06/the-sad-state-of-media-anc-relations/ by Glenda Nevill.]

South Africa’s media came under sustained attack this week by ANC-aligned organisations and the party itself. But the party and its youth wing believe their intimidating actions are necessary in light of what they perceive as a ‘biased’ and anti-ANC media.

The ANC has asked the South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) to investigate a cartoon published on the Eyewitness News website, a tweet sent by DA MP that showed dogs lining up to urinate on a poster of President Jacob Zuma and a comment attributed to public protector in which she allegedly likened ANC voters to abused women. Read more

SAM SABC Sunday Times[Source: http://www.bdlive.co.za/national/media/2014/05/27/reconfigured-ministry-raises-worries-over-sabc by Thabiso Mochiko & Khulekani Magubane.]

Industry experts and the opposition have decried the government’s decision to group the public broadcaster and state communication entities under one ministry.

This, they argue, raises concern about the independence of the South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) in particular. Read more

SAM DM Minister[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-05-27-propaganda-makeover-communications-ministry-to-spread-the-good-story-gospel/#.U4VgpLmKDIV  Ranjeni Munusamy.]

Since President Jacob Zuma announced his new executive on Sunday night, there has been wide-ranging criticism of its inordinate size and the fact that it is a hotchpotch team which rewards loyalists and satisfies ANC interests rather than the country’s. Is this the best team to ensure South Africa’s future success? Most definitely not. Still, the country cannot afford this team to fail. Data released by Stats SA on Tuesday shows further shrinking of the economy and the term “recession” has filtered back into parlance. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
5.1% y/y in September 2017 (CPI) & +4.2% y/y in August 2017 (PPI)
2.5% q/q for the 2nd quarter of 2017
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