Read President Jacob Zuma’s State of the Nation speech here.
[Source: http://www.moneyweb.co.za/moneyweb-political-economy/zuma-delivers-weak-state-of-the-nation by Kim Cloete.]
President Jacob Zuma has delivered his State of the Nation (SONA) speech to Parliament, focusing very much on the past rather than the future, but raising some burning immediate issues, from the weak rand to strikes in the mining sector and violent protests. Read more
[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-02-12-what-zuma-dare-not-say-the-true-state-of-our-nation/#.UvyE79-WH7k.email by Ranjeni Munusamy.]
On Thursday, President Jacob Zuma will deliver the first of two State of the Nation addresses for 2014. Thursday’s speech is the annual Opening of Parliament address, while the second will take place when a new government is elected after the May elections. So the taxpayer will cough up R5.7 million for the pomp and ceremony of Thursday’s event, for Zuma to announce the year plan for a government whose term comes to an end on 22 April. If there is anything we all need to deal with, it is the true state of our nation – not the one the president will present as his valedictory State of the Nation address for his first term of office. Read more
[Source: http://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/world/african-refugees-in-south/988484.html by Hayley Slier.]
In South Africa, xenophobia is a growing problem, and it is manifesting itself against Africans who are seeking refuge in the country. Read more
[Source: http://issafrica.org/iss-today/getting-to-the-bottom-of-what-really-drives-public-violence-in-south-africaby Lizette Lancaster, Project Manager, Crime and Justice Information Hub and Mpho Mtshali, Intern, Governance, Crime and Justice Division, ISS Pretoria.]
This year started badly for the South African Police Service (SAPS) given that by the end of January 2014, more than ten people had been shot dead during violent public incidents. Read more
[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-02-07-corruption-watch-sa-erosion-of-trust-in-numbers/#.Uvcx-5pWHIU by J. Brooks Spector.]
In its newest report, Corruption Watch, a public advocacy NGO, has painted a picture of the endemic corruption in South Africa and it is not a particularly pretty one. Taken together with the most recent Auditor General’s annual report, the description of South Africa’s moral landscape is troubling. Read more
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
4.7% y/y in December 2017 (CPI) & +5.2% y/y in December 2017 (PPI)
2% q/q for the 3rd quarter of 2017
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