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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Declining democracy

[Source: Daily Maverick by Stephen Grootes.]

In the space of a 24-hour period on Tuesday, the ANC in Limpopo announced that its mayors implicated in the VBS scandal must resign, the national ANC’s spokesperson Pule Mabe went on special leave after being accused of sexual harassment, and the National Working Committee told Qedani Mahlangu to resign. Each of these instances has different dynamics. But they all have one thing in common: there is an election in 2019. Read more

[Source: Daily Maverick by Marianne Merten.]

Load shedding. That’s the stark public reminder of the dire straights Eskom finds itself in. Whether the recent rolling power outages were because of unexpected breakdowns, or were the stick Eskom used to hit home the need for a government bailout, depends on who is asked. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
5.1% y/y in October 2018 (CPI) & +6.9 y/y in October 2018 (PPI)
2.2% q/q (3rd quarter of 2018)
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