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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.


[This paper was delivered on 9 December 2015 at the conference “Vlaanderen en Zuid-Afrika: nieuwe kansen en vennootschappen?” / “Flanders and South Africa: new opportunities and partnerships?”.  South African Monitor’s Year-end Report of 2015 was also launched on this date.  Translation available on request.]

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[Written by Dr Heinrich Matthee[1] for South African Monitor.]

President Jacob Zuma of South Africa is to attend China’s victory parade on September 2 to celebrate the 70th anniversary of Japan’s surrender at the end of the Second World War.  Meanwhile, the leaders of the US, Japan and the UK said they would not attend because they were concerned about a show of military force at a time of regional tensions.

Zuma’s visit reflects a broader shift in South Africa’s foreign policy in favour of Russia and China.  This approach differs sharply from the more balanced multipolar approach under Nelson Mandela.   Read more

South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.0% y/y in January 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in January 2019 (PPI)
1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2018)
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