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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: The Conversation.]

South Africa’s 2018 State of the Nation address by the president of South Africa has been postponed. This unprecedented step makes it clear that the country is seeing the final days of Jacob Zuma as president although it may take a day or a week or two before things are finalised.

What’s important is that Zuma isn’t allowed to detract from the momentum that newly elected ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa has started to build. This has included a successful trip to Davos where he unequivocally pulled the carpet from under the nuclear power programme favoured by Zuma.

Ramaphosa has been working diligently to corral Zuma’s remaining freedom of action. Zuma was finally persuaded to establish a commission of enquiry into state capture and Ramaphosa started restoring credibility to the management of state owned enterprises.

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South Africa at a Glance
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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