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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

Violent protests

SAM Cyril SAPA stringer[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2014-08-11-the-buffalo-prince-and-the-marikana-commission/#.U-sfQ5UcTIX by Greg Nicolson. Photo: SAPA Stringer.]

Two years ago on Monday, Lonmin workers marched on the NUM and were fired upon by union members, starting a spiral of violence that ended in the Marikana massacre. On Monday, NUM founding general secretary and current Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa testified on his role in the murky collaboration between Lonmin and politicians. The ‘buffalo prince’ survived, steadfast and resolute, but human after all. Read more

SAM NUM[Source: http://www.theguardian.com/global-development/poverty-matters/2014/aug/06/civil-society-unions-south-africa-political-landscape.]

Following the election less than three months ago, the politics of South Africa are undergoing a radical transformation. The movement towards a more open, multi-party democracy is stronger than at any time since Nelson Mandela came to power in 1994. At the same time there are growing demands for better governance. Read more

SAM Numsa 2[Source: http://www.polity.org.za/article/numsa-strike-talks-to-go-back-to-bargaining-council-other-sectors-feel-impact-2014-07-16 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

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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