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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Economy

SAM Hlubi[Source: http://www.rapport.co.za/Nuus/Nuus/Konings-sit-vas-oor-grond-20140712 by Paddy Harper – translated.]

The struggle for ownership of Durban and Pietermaritzburg has degenerated into a conflict between kings, for the King of the Hlubi nation is adamant: They [= the Hlubi] had never been defeated by Shaka [= Zulu king] and therefore they will not be defeated by a giant land claim either. Read more

SAM Bantustans map[Source: http://mg.co.za/article/2014-07-10-bantustans-are-dead-long-live-the-bantustans by Laura Phillips, Arianna Lissoni & Ivor Chipkin.]

There is a joke in public service circles that goes something like this: “Have you heard what happened to South Africa after 1994? It was colonised by its Bantustans.”

The story is usually accompanied by wry laughs about South Africa’s new “colonialism of a special type”. Read more

SAM NUMSA[Source: http://mg.co.za/article/2014-07-10-the-jury-is-out-on-strike-violence  by Phillip de Wet.]

In Pinetown, a security guard was stoned. In Kimberley, tyres burned in front of a factory entrance.  In Wadeville on the East Rand, women were beaten. In Krugersdorp on the West Rand, workers were told they would face consequences “like Marikana” should they cross the picket line. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.6% y/y in February 2020 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in February 2020 (PPI)
-1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2019)
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