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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Financial Times by Nic Fildes.]

The chief executive of Bell Pottinger has stood down ahead of the publication of an independent report into its work with South Africa’s Gupta family, which has damaged the reputation of one of the City of London’s best-known public relation firms.

James Henderson, chief executive and a significant shareholder in Bell Pottinger, confirmed that he had left the role over the weekend.

The position of Mr Henderson has been in question since he issued an “unequivocal” apology in July related to allegations that the firm had stirred up racial tensions in South Africa through its messaging on behalf of Oakbay, a company controlled by the Gupta family.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.1% y/y in March 2020 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in February 2020 (PPI)
-1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2019)
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