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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.


SAM Noel Kututwa[Source: by Noel Kututwa.]

The attainment of democracy was also a victory for the rest of Africa. Many Africans saw the developments in South Africa, in particular the way that people of all races are living in harmony, as truly inspirational. And yet as the 20th anniversary of democracy drew near, there was much debate here as to whether South Africa should be celebrating at all, given the enduring challenges. Read more

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

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.1% y/y in March 2020 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in February 2020 (PPI)
-1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2019)
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