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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Business Day by Sam Mkokeli.]

The Ramaphosa era has been acutely disappointing to some, who feel the lack of action cannot be blamed on any fightback by allies of Zuma and the public protector. Others say reform is taking place.

To prevail, every powerful myth needs an equally strong contending tale if it wants to enjoy serious longevity — twists, turns, tension, all the materials that keep the protagonist and the antagonist relevant. Cyril Ramaphosa’s New Dawn, sold to South Africans more than two years ago, has proven to be just that: another myth.

It was a promise wrapped in sugary bonbons, and delivered with the slickest of messages, as the answer to all SA’s ills.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
4.1% y/y in March 2020 (CPI) & +4.5 y/y in February 2020 (PPI)
-1.4% q/q (4th quarter of 2019)
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