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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.



On behalf of all contributors to South African Monitor we would like to convey our condolences to the family of Nelson Mandela and all of those close to him.

In his speech upon his release from prison in 1990, Nelson Mandela repeated: “I have fought against white domination, and I have fought against black domination. I have cherished the ideal of a democratic and free society in which all persons will live together in harmony with equal opportunities.” He opened a window of opportunity for peaceful co-existence amongst South Africa’s citizens, in which mutual recognition and respect are promoted amongst all cultural communities. Read more

Thuli Madonsela[Source:]

She speaks in the hushed, unthreatening tones of a primary school teacher explaining a bad school report to some indignant parents.  But Thuli Madonsela’s conciliatory demeanour is misleading.

As South Africa’s chief corruption-buster – officially known as the Public Protector – the dignified 51-year-old lawyer has earned a reputation for ferocious resolve in a country increasingly swamped by allegations of official graft.

And right now Ms Madonsela’s resolve is being tested like never before. Read more

Newspapers[Report by South African Monitor.]

There has been a tidal change in the tenor of media reports on South Africa. The Economist writes on 7 October 2013: The continent’s biggest democracies, South Africa and Nigeria, have not lately been a compelling advertisement for representative government. South Africa, ruled by the African National Congress since 1994, is in danger of becoming a de facto one-party state. Read more

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

South Africa at a Glance
59 620 000 (mid 2020 estimate)
2.2% y/y in June 2020 (CPI) & +0.5 y/y in June 2020 (PPI)
-2.0% q/q (1st quarter of 2020)
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