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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Economy

SAM Zuma[Source: http://www.news24.com/Live/SouthAfrica/News/Zuma-confirms-land-expropriation-for-2015-20150110.]

Delivering his speech during the ANC’s 103rd birthday celebrations in Cape Town this week, President Jacob Zuma spoke directly on land reform.

Describing the “willing buyer, willing seller” model of land reform as “unsuccessful”, Zuma explained expropriation will be on the cards for South Africa this year. Read more

SAM Till[Source: http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/2015/01/09/new-bills-will-give-hammer-blows-to-economy?cx_tag=bcuf by Dean Macpherson.]

It is very difficult to argue with the fact that last year was an economic disaster for SA. While many of our African counterparts had growth rates of more than 5%, we closed the year off with a measly, job-killing 1.4%, narrowly avoiding a recession. Read more

SAM Vlag 2[Source: http://www.bdlive.co.za/opinion/columnists/2015/01/09/clarity-of-ideas-needed-to-guide-sas-foreign-policy by Mzukisi Qobo.]

On New Year’s Eve International Relations and Co-operation Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane offered some reflections on SA’s foreign policy. She made a number of points, many of which were aspirational. Most notably she affirmed the National Development Plan as a framework that will “guide our actions and set priorities for our international relations mandate aimed at creating the SA we want by 2030”.

Beyond rhetoric it is difficult to find evidence of this being the case. Read more

SAM Munte[Source: http://www.biznews.com/video/2015/01/08/warning-from-keith-engel-sa-seeing-beginnings-of-a-tax-revolt/.]

Unusually, taxation has gotten into the front of the news queue lately. On the one side there is growing taxpayer concern at apparent waste of their contributions through controversial Government spending on things like Gauteng’s eTolls and Nkandla.

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SAM Rande S&W

[Source: http://allafrica.com/stories/201501080786.html by Alan S Alexandroff.]

Without question South Africa remains a vibrant, complicated and seemingly a growing troubled land. My colleagues from the South African Institute of International Affairs (SAIIA) one of the premiere think tanks in South Africa and the University of Pretoria, particularly the Department of Political Science there brought together some of their South African colleagues with experts from a number of countries for a conference (December 4th-5th) titled “Alliances Beyond BRICS: South Africa’s Role in Global Economic Governance”. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in June 2019 (CPI) & +5.8 y/y in June 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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