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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Politicsweb by Collen Dlamini.]

Today, the Coalition for Effective Copyright joined the Musicians Association of South Africa (MASA) and the Trade Union for Musicians of South Africa (TUMSA) in their march to call on President Ramaphosa to reject the Copyright Amendment Bill in its current form.

The purpose of the march is to reopen engagement with the government on this critical legislation. We handed over a memorandum detailing not only the inconsistencies between the bill and the constitution and the expected negative impacts of the bill, but also proposed amendments which would strengthen the bill.

In passing the bill, the legislature failed to conduct the most basic due diligence to ascertain the socio-economic impact of the bill. They also failed to hold meaningful public consultations on the impact of the bill on creators and on the industry.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.1% y/y in September 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in September 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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