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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Emerging Trends

SAM Nicola de Jager[Source: http://democracyinafrica.org/elections-bostwana-south-africa-can-free-fair/ by Nicola de Jager.]

In this article, Nicola de Jager argues that we need to take another look at Southern Africa’s ‘democratic darlings’; Botswana and South Africa. These states may have a relatively impressive democratic record on paper within Southern Africa but they are dominant party states. In practice, this dynamic places opposition parties at such a disadvantage that we cannot call the elections that happen in these countries ‘fair’. Dr De Jager is a member of the Department of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch. Read more

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[Source:  http://news.sky.com/story/1194450/south-africa-water-protesters-shot-by-police]

Clashes between South African police and protesters angry at the poor delivery of water supplies have left two people dead.

The killings took place during a demonstration in the northern town of Brits.

Police spokesman Sabata Mokgwabone said: “Two protestors died and two were wounded when they marched to Brits and clashed with police. It is suspected that police fired shots but this is being investigated.” Read more

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[Source: http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2014/01/09/jz-drops-poll-bomb1 by Sibongakonke Shoba.]

President Jacob Zuma yesterday [8 January 2014] called on ANC supporters to ensure that his party wins over two-thirds of the vote in the forthcoming general election, saying this would enable him to change the constitution.

Speaking to hundreds of supporters in KaNyamazane, near Nelspruit, as part of the ANC’s 102nd birthday celebrations, Zuma made it clear that he wanted to change the constitution – without specifying the changes. Read more

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[Source: http://www.taxtalkblog.com/?p=10135 by Kay Schröder, Senior Counsel of the German Southern African Chamber of Commerce.]

In an attempt to overhaul its foreign investment protection regime, South Africa gave notice to cancel its Investment Protection Treaty with Germany, one of its most important trading partners. Subsequently, on 23 October 2013 the draft Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill (“the Bill”) was published for public comment. The Bill is set to replace various foreign investment treaties. Read more

SAM R W Johnson

[Source: http://standard.co.uk/comment/rw-johnson-in-south-africa-the-reality-is-debt-and-corruption-8994993.html by RW Johnson]

As we bid farewell to Nelson Mandela, his successors in the ANC have failed to govern a complex country.

Nelson Mandela used to joke that if he got to heaven his first move would be to join the local branch of the African National Congress there. For he was a devoted party man: the ANC was his life. It is perhaps just as well that he is no longer here to see what his party has become. 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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