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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: WasteWatcher by Deborah Collier. ]

It apparently takes a long time for legislation to be signed into law in South Africa.  Since December 5, 2018, President Cyril Ramaphosa has had before him for his approval the Copyright Amendment Bill, which would significantly reduce the protection of intellectual property (IP) like the copyright of songs, books, and movies.

Renewed attention to this legislation came on February 24, 2020, when South African artistsprotested outside the U.S. Embassy in South Africa to object to U.S. demands that President Ramaphosa not sign the copyright bill into law.  The U.S. objections were first raised in an April 18, 2019 letter to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) from the International Intellectual Property Alliance (IIPA), alleging that South Africa was failing to meet eligibility requirements for the Generalized System of Preferences (GSP) because of the country’s weak copyright laws and enforcement capabilities, including the provisions of the Copyright Amendment Bill.

On October 25, 2019, the USTR opened an investigation into South Africa’s GSP eligibility due to concerns over IP protection and enforcement concerns.  The GSP was established by the Trade Act of 1974 to promote economic development through reduction or elimination of import duties on goods imported from one of the 119 designated beneficiary countries and territories.

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South Africa at a Glance
59 620 000 (mid 2020 estimate)
2.2% y/y in June 2020 (CPI) & +0.5 y/y in June 2020 (PPI)
-2.0% q/q (1st quarter of 2020)
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