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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.


SAM Xeno MG[Source: by Rapula Moatshe.  Photo: Paul Botes, M&G.]

Immigrants to South Africa still face an uphill battle, but their neighbours seem happy to live and let live.

A dark-skinned Mozambican man, Dovel Chatlago (24), dusts off the plastic chairs inside the tin shack from which he runs his salon. It is in Brazzaville, the craggy informal settlement near Atteridgeville township, about 15km west of Pretoria. Read more

SAM Shopping[Source:]

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress Party (ANC) announced on Saturday that it would restrict small foreign-owned businesses from being opened in the country’s townships and rural areas so as to give an opportunity to South Africans.

“If you go to Soweto corner shops have been taken over by foreigners. We must do something about it,” ANC Secretary-General Gwede Mantashe told a campaign rally in Eldorado Park South of Johannesburg. Read more

SAM Fear 2[Source: by Tariro Washinyira.]

GroundUp reporter, Tariro Washyinyira, asked immigrants what they thought of the South African elections. Some did not want to say anything, but others gave fascinating perspectives. The views expressed by the people Washinyira interviewed, some of which are racist, obviously do not reflect of those of GroundUp or Washinyira. Read more

SAM ISS Xeno[Report by South African Monitor.]

In South Africa, Human Rights Day is celebrated on 21 March.  However, if incidents of xenophobic violence in the country are anything to go by, the country still has a long way to go where civil liberties are concerned.

In May 2008, a spate of xenophobic attacks took place throughout the country, leaving 62 people dead, hundreds injured and thousands displaced.  Authorities promised to ensure that such incidents would never again take place, but sadly little has changed since then. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in June 2019 (CPI) & +5.8 y/y in June 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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