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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Elections 2016

[Source: Financial Times.]

South Africa has dodged its moment of truth with Standard & Poor’s, which had threatened on Friday to become the first rating agency to downgrade its sovereign debt to junk. But the bleak assessment of many analysts is that this is a temporary reprieve. Short of a major shift in national politics or change in the global outlook, Africa’s most industrialised nation is on an almost inevitable path to junk status for the first time since the advent of black majority rule in 1994. Read more

[Source: ISS Africa by Judith February.]

Disclaimer: a full stadium does not necessarily translate into votes. Two weekends ago, the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) put on what can only be described as a very impressive show. First to launch its manifesto was the African National Congress (ANC), followed by the Democratic Alliance (DA). The latter fared better in terms of attracting a crowd, but neither managed to fill a stadium. Read more

[Source: Africa Brief by Cees Bruggemans & Willie Esterhuyse.]

Contemporary SA breaks down into two major blocs, for simplicity sake identified as 60% rural traditionalists along with self-serving hangers-on from across the entire societal spectrum, and 40% urban modernists. The real contest for the soul of political, social and economic SA appears to be between these two major sections in society. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
3.6% y/y in November 2019 (CPI) & +2.3 y/y in November 2019 (PPI)
-0.6% q/q (3rd quarter of 2019)
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