Last week, a hunter stunned the world by paying $350,000 to kill a black rhino. The deal went went viral and brought death threats against the hunter.
And that was just people trying to protect one endangered rhino. Imagine more than 1,000.
That is how many poachers in South Africa killed last year, authorities said, a harrowing record for the nation with the world’s largest population of the animals. Read more
[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-01-17-north-west-protests-the-politics-of-failure/#.UtrRsppJzIV by Stephen Grootes.]
The demonstrations known as “service delivery protests” have become so commonplace in our fair republic that many news organisations don’t even bother covering them anymore. Nowadays, it takes a death or two for the country to sit up and take notice. But dig a little deeper, and it seems that there are actually structural reasons for the deaths of three people during protests over water this week in the North West’s Mothutlung, rather than somewhere else in the country. Read more
[Source: http://www.spectator.co.uk/features/9116391/the-mandela-files/ by Rian Malan.]
A lost prison manuscript sheds new light on the president’s politics, smoothed over in ‘Long Walk to Freedom’: This is a story about Nelson Mandela, and it begins on Robben Island in 1974. Prisoner number 466/64 is writing up his life story, working all night and sleeping all day. Finished pages go to trusted comrades who write comments and queries in the margins. The text is then passed to one Laloo Chiba, who transcribes it in ‘microscopic’ letters on to sheets of paper which are later inserted into the binding of notebooks and carried off the island by Mac Maharaj when he is released in 1976. Read more
BRITS – The family of a 28-year-old man in Mothotlung in the Brits area have confirmed their relative died after service delivery protests in the area.
Lerato Seema is believed to be the third victim of clashes with police over water shortages.
Colonel Sabata Mokgwabone said the man and his friend were arrested on Tuesday for public violence in the area during a protest about water shortages. Read more
[Source: http://democracyinafrica.org/elections-bostwana-south-africa-can-free-fair/ by Nicola de Jager.]
In this article, Nicola de Jager argues that we need to take another look at Southern Africa’s ‘democratic darlings’; Botswana and South Africa. These states may have a relatively impressive democratic record on paper within Southern Africa but they are dominant party states. In practice, this dynamic places opposition parties at such a disadvantage that we cannot call the elections that happen in these countries ‘fair’. Dr De Jager is a member of the Department of Political Science at the University of Stellenbosch. Read more
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
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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