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[Source: http://www.businessweek.com/news/2015-01-26/zuma-returns-south-africa-resource-law-after-insufficient-talks by Paul Burkhardt.]

South African President Jacob Zuma referred a resource bill criticized by oil companies for being vague back to lawmakers because it bypassed constitutional procedures and had inadequate public consultation. Read more

Fire[Source: http://www.theafricareport.com/Southern-Africa/south-africa-foreign-nationals-criticise-government-over-xenophobic-violence.html by Crystal Oderson.]

Foreigners in South Africa on Monday criticised the government’s response to xhenophobic attacks in the commercial capital of Johannesburg saying a political voice is needed to stop the mayhem. Read more

SAM boxes[Source: http://news.xinhuanet.com/english/africa/2015-01/26/c_133948068.htm by Martin Williams.]

While South African authorities on Monday intensified hunting for instigators of a looting spree that trashed more than 120 foreign-owned shops in the Johannesburg area, there have been calls on the government to acknowledge the xenophobic intent of perpetrators. Read more

SAM Xeno DM[Source: http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2015-01-26-african-diaspora-forum-open-letter-to-president-zuma-attacks-are-xenophobic-not-criminal/#.VMXDZpUcTIV.  Photo: Foreign businessmen flee Soweto following widespread unrest and looting in the area, Friday, 23 January 2015. Picture: Werner Beukes/SAPA.]

The African Diaspora Forum is concerned by what it regards as a lack of an effective response by the South African government to the issue of xenophobia. In an open letter to President Zuma, Minister of Home Afrairs, Malusi Gigaba and Minister of Police, Nkosinathi Nhleko this weekend, the organisation has pleaded for more accountability and for government to recognise attacks on foreign nationals as xenophobia and not to dismiss these as merely criminal. Read more

South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4% y/y in July 2019 (CPI) & +4.9 y/y in July 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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