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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Auxiliary documents

[IRR – Free Facts 3 (2018).]

The data in this short report shows that in 2017 South Africa recorded a merchandise trade deficit of R87.5 billion with China – a deficit almost twice as large as that with oil-exporting Saudi Arabia and equivalent to the bulk of the current account deficit recorded in that year. This should be juxtaposed with merchandise trade surpluses recorded with the United States of America and with the United Kingdom. Read more

[Source: Corruption Watch.]

In 2017 we released our first Analysis of Corruption Trends (ACT) report, which identified five common areas where corruption frequently occurs – in schools, local municipalities, the South African Police Service (SAPS), licensing centres and traffic departments. Read more

[Source: GIGA Working Papers by Sören Scholvin.]

The second‐most powerful states in regional hierarchies – or “secondary powers” – can be expected to contest against hegemons. In this paper, I assess the power that secondary powers in sub‐Saharan Africa wield vis‐à‐vis South Africa and suggest that their intended and unintended contestation can be captured as hard balancing, soft balancing, rejection of followership, and disregard of leadership. Read more

[Source: ISS Africa.]

On Thursday, 8 June, the Institute for Security Studies (ISS) launched a new report titled Life beyond BRICS? South Africa’s Future Foreign Policy Interests. Dr Jakkie Cilliers, author of the report and chairperson of the ISS board, along with Professor Maxi Schoeman of the University of Pretoria, outlined South Africa’s current diplomatic and economic relations as well as what the future of South Africa’s foreign policy will look like with our next president. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
5.1% y/y in October 2018 (CPI) & +6.9 y/y in October 2018 (PPI)
2.2% q/q (3rd quarter of 2018)
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