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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Ismail Lagardien.]

Now is probably not the right time or place to say anything positive about President Cyril Ramaphosa. Nevertheless, over the better part of 35 years Ramaphosa has always held a deep belief that he has to do what is right for the country’s future. Over the past two years or so, he has also become acutely aware that he has to ‘correct’ the party he leads, and salvage what he can.

Several months ago, while driving past an informal settlement on the edge of the Stellenbosch business district, I saw a man standing on a brick wall of a dilapidated building that was being stripped for its bricks, door and window frames, and anything else that could be salvaged.

The man on the wall was swinging a long-handled hammer at the wall beneath his feet. It seemed self-defeating, I thought, not very smart, and quite possibly life-threatening, to stand on a structure while you’re breaking it up.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in May 2019 (CPI) & +6.4 y/y in May 2019 (PPI)
-3.2% q/q (1st quarter of 2019)
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