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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Business Day by Ben Cousins.]

There is almost zero information on how many people have actually benefited from land reform, or patterns of land use after transfer.

Parliament has passed a resolution to amend the Constitution and allow expropriation without compensation. The decision has generated a storm of gigantic proportions as political parties, citizens, white farmers and commentators anticipate either the moment of salvation (“Real land reform at last!”) or disaster (“The collapse of the market economy!”).

Sadly, few contributions to the public debate are informed by the available evidence. And poorly informed commentators often misrepresent the issues. Compounding this is a serious problem: the absence of reliable national data on many aspects of the land issue.

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South Africa at a Glance
56 500 000 (mid 2017 estimate)
4.4% y/y in January 2018 (CPI) & +5.1 y/y in January 2018 (PPI)
3,1% q/q for the 4th quarter of 2017
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