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Vote 3

[Source:  http://sabc.co.za/news/a/7e3c308042d82fd4b15cfb56d5ffbd92/Mixed-reactions-to-election-date.]

The ANC has welcomed President Jacob Zuma’s announcement that May 7th is the 2014 national election date. The party has called on people who have not yet registered to vote in the fifth national general elections to take advantage of the final exercise on Saturday and Sunday.
ANC secretary-general Gwede Mantashe says they are ready to start talking to voters.
Democratic Alliance leader Helen Zille says her party is prepared for the vote and she is looking forward to the election campaign. The Congress of the People (COPE) says President Zuma has timed the holding of the 2014 elections to ensure that challenges dogging his government can be dealt with sooner rather than later.
COPE spokesperson Johann Arbri says, “He obviously did this early to make sure that he can do more damage control in terms of the imminent release of the Nkandla report. The country is burning, we see protests all over the nation. Obviously President Zuma wants to get the election behind him sooner rather than later but we are ready for that. The Congress of the People anticipated that President Zuma will call an early election and we have prepared ourselves according to that and we are most ready to go to the polls on the 7th of May.”

Earlier on Friday Zuma announced that the country’s 5th general elections will take place on May 7. The election date however has not yet been proclaimed and published in the Government Gazette.
The Independent Electoral Commission says South Africans will be able to register to vote until the election date is published in the Government Gazette.
This weekend marks the last special registration weekend with centres open countrywide on Saturday and on Sunday.
Zuma has urged South Africans to take advantage of this weekend to register to vote.

South Africa at a Glance
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4.9% y/y in September 2018 (CPI) & +6.2 y/y in September 2018 (PPI)
-0.7% q/q (2nd quarter of 2018)
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