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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Daily Maverick by Ufrieda Ho.]

The public hearings into government’s proposed National Health Insurance (NHI) Bill had a rocky start in Mpumalanga recently as civil society organisations and some opposition parties slammed the process. Some raised questions over poor planning and possible hidden agendas. Others raised concerns that the hearings may be a missed opportunity to meaningfully bring the public into the conversation about the bill that is meant to outline the funding of universal healthcare.

A local newspaper, The Bulletin, in the days before the scheduled meetings criticised the Parliamentary Portfolio Committee on Health for failing to communicate the hearing details properly to the public and to media.

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South Africa at a Glance
58 780 000 (mid 2019 estimate)
3.7% y/y in October 2019 (CPI) & +4.1 y/y in September 2019 (PPI)
3.1% q/q (2nd quarter of 2019)
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