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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Decreasing investment protection

SAM JSE.jpg[Source: http://www.politicsweb.co.za/politicsweb/view/politicsweb/en/page71619?oid=579465&sn=Detail&pid=71616 by Anthea Jeffery.]

Delivering on ‘radical’ change, if not on growth or jobs

In August 2012 the Cabinet adopted the National Development Plan (NDP) as South Africa’s policy blueprint from now until 2030. The plan is supposed to boost the economic growth rate to 5.4% of GDP and help generate 11m jobs. Read more

SAM Anthea Jeffery[Source: http://www.sairr.org.za/sairr-today-1/Liberty%20-%20A%20New%20Expropriation%20Bill%20by%20Another%20Name%20-%2025%20Feb%202014.pdf by Dr Anthea Jeffery.]

Media coverage of the Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill of 2013 (the Investment Bill) has focused on its role in replacing South Africa’s bilateral investment treaties with various European states. Representatives of these countries have broken their usual diplomatic silence to warn against the reduced protection it gives investors from their states. However, the true significance of the Bill goes very much beyond this. Read more

SAM SAIRR[Source: http://www.sairr.org.za/services/submissions-on-proposed-legislation/synopsis-submission-to-the-department-of-trade-and-industry-regarding-the-promotion-and-protection-of-investment-bill-of-2013-johannesburg-31st-january-2014.]

The Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill of 2013 (the Investment Bill) seeks to ‘promote investment’, which it recognises as vital ‘job creation, economic growth, development, and the well-being of the people of South Africa’. However, the provisions of the Investment Bill are so damaging that they are likely to repel, rather than promote, the investment so urgently required. Read more

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[Source: http://www.taxtalkblog.com/?p=10135 by Kay Schröder, Senior Counsel of the German Southern African Chamber of Commerce.]

In an attempt to overhaul its foreign investment protection regime, South Africa gave notice to cancel its Investment Protection Treaty with Germany, one of its most important trading partners. Subsequently, on 23 October 2013 the draft Promotion and Protection of Investment Bill (“the Bill”) was published for public comment. The Bill is set to replace various foreign investment treaties. Read more

SAM R W Johnson

[Source: http://standard.co.uk/comment/rw-johnson-in-south-africa-the-reality-is-debt-and-corruption-8994993.html by RW Johnson]

As we bid farewell to Nelson Mandela, his successors in the ANC have failed to govern a complex country.

Nelson Mandela used to joke that if he got to heaven his first move would be to join the local branch of the African National Congress there. For he was a devoted party man: the ANC was his life. It is perhaps just as well that he is no longer here to see what his party has become. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
5.2% y/y in November 2018 (CPI) & +6.8 y/y in November 2018 (PPI)
2.2% q/q (3rd quarter of 2018)
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