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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Huffington Post by Maxi Schoeman.]

One of the first initiatives of South Africa’s new minister of international relations, Lindiwe Sisulu, was to announce a review of the country’s foreign policy. This was a wise move in the wake of the nine years of erosion of national purpose and institutional damage under former president Jacob Zuma.

The country emerged from Zuma’s presidency greatly reduced in international stature, with perhaps the only concrete gains being its membership of the BRICS bloc and its second term on the UN Security Council in 2011/12. (South Africa has just been elected to a third term, to be served during 2019/20.)

The questions that come to mind when reviewing South Africa’s foreign policy are: does the country still have a role on the continent? And is there an opportunity for reviving “the golden decade of African diplomacy” that declined after former president Thabo Mbeki’s demise in 2008.

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South Africa at a Glance
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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