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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Emerging Trends

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[Source:  http://news.sky.com/story/1194450/south-africa-water-protesters-shot-by-police]

Clashes between South African police and protesters angry at the poor delivery of water supplies have left two people dead.

The killings took place during a demonstration in the northern town of Brits.

Police spokesman Sabata Mokgwabone said: “Two protestors died and two were wounded when they marched to Brits and clashed with police. It is suspected that police fired shots but this is being investigated.” Read more

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[Source: http://www.timeslive.co.za/thetimes/2014/01/09/jz-drops-poll-bomb1 by Sibongakonke Shoba.]

President Jacob Zuma yesterday [8 January 2014] called on ANC supporters to ensure that his party wins over two-thirds of the vote in the forthcoming general election, saying this would enable him to change the constitution.

Speaking to hundreds of supporters in KaNyamazane, near Nelspruit, as part of the ANC’s 102nd birthday celebrations, Zuma made it clear that he wanted to change the constitution – without specifying the changes. 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

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[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

Newspapers[Report by South African Monitor.]

There has been a tidal change in the tenor of media reports on South Africa. The Economist writes on 7 October 2013: The continent’s biggest democracies, South Africa and Nigeria, have not lately been a compelling advertisement for representative government. South Africa, ruled by the African National Congress since 1994, is in danger of becoming a de facto one-party state. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
59 620 000 (mid 2020 estimate)
3.2% y/y in July 2020 (CPI) & +1.9 y/y in July 2020 (PPI)
-51% q/q (2nd quarter of 2020)
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