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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

[Written by Dawie Roodt for South African Monitor.]

The current policy of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in South Africa to target property rights, also that of foreigners, will eventually threaten other civil and private rights. That is the conclusion of Dawie Roodt, the chief economist at Efficient Group, in this article: Read more

South Africa at a Glance
59 620 000 (mid 2020 estimate)
3.2% y/y in July 2020 (CPI) & +1.9 y/y in July 2020 (PPI)
-51% q/q (2nd quarter of 2020)
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