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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

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[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: South African Monitor.]

Russia wants to promote strategic partnerships and economic cooperation with African countries, President Vladimir Putin said at VTB Capital’s “Russia Calling” Forum on 11 October 2016.

Putin’s statement came at a time of high tensions between Russia and Western forces. President Jacob Zuma and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa are likely to be among Putin’s allies during this period. Read more

[Source: South African Monitor.]

Twee-en-twintig jaar na het einde van de apartheid zijn de taalrechten van Afrikaanssprekende Zuid-Afrikanen de speelbal van de politiek geworden, ten spijte van de ogenschijnlijke bescherming van deze rechten ingevolge de grondwet. Waar de ANC-regering op zowel economisch als politiek gebied zwaar onder druk staat, is het Afrikaans bij uitstek geschikt als zondebok om de aandacht af te leiden van het wanbestuur van de regerende partij. 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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