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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: The Times.]

From dawn each day Patrick Kalodi stands at busy intersection holding a scrap of cardboard on which he has scrawled the word “Labourer”. In today’s South Africa it is his best hope for getting paid work.

“If I have nothing by noon, I turn home and hope for better luck tomorrow,” he said, heading into Masiphumelele township in Cape Town, where alleyways teem with young men whiling away the hours over cracked phone screens. The country’s official youth unemployment rate of 52 per cent feels higher here.

“We had hoped for more with Ramaphosa but it’s the same ANC, they always fill their own pockets first,” Mr Kalodi, 19, shrugged.

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South Africa at a Glance
57 700 000 (mid 2018 estimate)
4.5% y/y in December 2018 (CPI) & +5.2 y/y in December 2018 (PPI)
2.2% q/q (3rd quarter of 2018)
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