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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Emerging Trends

100_2982[Source: http://www.polity.org.za/article/south-africa-to-call-for-15-year-agoa-extension-at-upcoming-washington-gathering-2014-07-28 by Terence Creamer.]

South Africa will use the upcoming US-Africa Leaders’ Summit, which will also encompass the 2014 edition of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) Forum, to appeal for a 15-year extension of the nonreciprocal trade arrangement, as well as South Africa’s ongoing inclusion as a beneficiary. Read more

?????????????????[Source: http://blogs.wsj.com/frontiers/2014/07/28/south-africa-to-urge-renewal-of-trade-deal-at-us-africa-summit/ by Patrick McGroarty.]

South African officials said on Monday they would use a summit between U.S. President Barack Obama and African leaders next week to lobby for renewal of a trade pact they called an important instrument of U.S. influence on a continent where China and other powers are vying to invest. Read more

WW 16 Paspoorte[Source: http://www.irishtimes.com/business/economy/new-legislation-to-ban-foreign-nationals-from-owning-land-in-south-africa-1.1878447 by Bill Corcoran.]

A new property law that bans foreigners from owning land in South Africa will be fast-tracked through parliament before the end of the current administration, the government confirmed this week. Under the new rules, foreign nationals will be allowed to lease South African land for a minimum of 30 years instead, rural development and land reform minister Gugile Nkwinti told a media briefing in Cape Town on Wednesday. Read more

SAM IMF[Source: http://www.polity.org.za/article/imf-cuts-sas-2014-growth-outlook-again-warns-of-tighter-financial-conditions-2014-07-24 by Terence Creamer.]

The International Monetary Fund (IMF) has once again lowered its 2014 growth forecast for South Africa to 1.7%, having previously forecast that Africa’s second-largest economy would expand by 2.3%. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in March 2019 (CPI) & +6.2 y/y in March 2019 (PPI)
1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2018)
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