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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Elections 2016

[Source: Bruggemans & Associates by Cees Bruggemans.]

And then, after a long gestation, the world suddenly changed somewhat, as with a real birth and new life intruding anew. The ANC government party entered into an active yeasting process from within; the DA/EFF combo along with smaller splinter support got hold of three major metros and many smaller municipalities scattered through the land and have become focused on delivery transformation; the economy is under own steam to find its way as best it can. And all this against a very dynamic global backdrop, hopefully accommodating and devoid of major shocks roiling us, too. Read more

[Source: Business Day Live by Gareth van Onselen.]

The period following an election is a good time to reflect on the national condition. Generally, national elections are better suited for this kind of analysis but, increasingly, local government elections are run like national elections and are, thus, perhaps a little more revealing than they might be in, say, the UK. Read more

[Source: Daily Maverick by Paul Hoffman.]

If the 2016 municipal elections go down in history as a referendum on the person whose face was used by the ANC on its election posters in them, the question is whether Jacob Zuma must be blamed for its poor showing or whether the choices made by the organisation itself are the real cause of the fall in its popularity at the polls.

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[Source: Business Day Live by Anthony Butler.]

The renewed assault on Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan has President Jacob Zuma’s fingerprints all over it. Given that the creation of an investigative unit inside the South African Revenue Service does not, under any existing law, constitute a criminal offence, and given that the failure of the Hawks to specify the nature of the crime for which the finance minister is supposedly being investigated, it is difficult to avoid the conclusion that we are witnessing a ham-fisted attack on Gordhan’s reputation. 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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