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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.


SAM Mbeki[Source: by Ranjeni Munusamy.]

It is not an everyday occurrence for a person with the title “President” prefixed to their name to appear before a court or government inquiry. Nelson Mandela has so far been the only sitting head of state to testify in court. On Thursday, former President Thabo Mbeki appeared before the judicial commission of inquiry investigating the arms deal. In years to come, perhaps other incumbents might face a similar fate. Read more

SAM BRICS[Source: by Peter Fabricius.]

The verb ‘shanghai’ is defined by the Oxford dictionary as ‘to put into … an awkward situation by trickery’. Trickery might be putting it a bit strongly. But is South Africa keeping its eyes wide open as it ventures ever further down the BRICS (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) road? Read more

SAM Numsa 2[Source: by Natasha Odendaal.]

Talks to end the three-week strike in the metals and engineering sector will resume this week through formal bargaining council structures after the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of Southern Africa (Seifsa) was unable to secure a wage agreement with the National Union of Mineworkers of South Africa (Numsa). Read more

SAM Hong Kong[Source: by Ufrieda Ho.]

It’s busy and noisy in the fast food joint not far from the old Hong Kong airport where Mak Yin-ting is sipping a cold red bean drink at a corner table. The noise doesn’t bother the journalist, who’s also head of the Hong Kong Journalism Association (HKJA), but the stranger at the next table leaning too far back in his seat, as if straining to hear what she’s saying, does. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
3.7% y/y in October 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in September 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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