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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Emerging Trends

Fire[Report by South African Monitor.]

The South African Police Service (SAPS) are maintaining a strong presence in the eastern coastal city Port Elizabeth in reaction to a spate of attacks on shops owned by foreign nationals.  It is the second time this year that foreign shopkeepers have been subjected to looting, arson and evacuation here. Read more

100_3451[Source: by Carol Paton.]

SOUTH Africa last week cancelled its bilateral investment treaty with Germany, one of its most important trading partners, amid protests by German businesses here.

The move comes as part of South Africa’s stated intention to reshape its investment policy framework, ending bilateral treaties with individual countries. Read more

SAM Xenophobia

[Source: by David Cote.]

The recent attacks against foreign nationals, particularly those operating shops in townships and informal settlements, have sent shivers down the spines of many in South Africa and across the continent. It has been five years since coordinated attacks exploded across the country and led to the deaths of 64 people and the displacement of hundreds of thousands more. Read more

SAM revolver[Source: by David Bruce.]

Politically motivated killings have occupied a relatively marginal position as an issue of public concern in South Africa since 1994. This may reflect the provincial nature of the problem, since such killings have mainly occurred in KwaZulu-Natal, with a much smaller number occurring in Mpumalanga and even fewer recorded elsewhere. 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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