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Assessing and promoting civil and minority rights in South Africa.

[Source: Politicsweb by William Saunderson-Meyer.]

Just for a moment, it seemed that Big Bad Tobacco would, for a change, do something socially useful. It would take on Big Bad Government in a landmark court case that would define to what degree the state can legitimately interfere in the lives of its citizens.

Unfortunately, it then reverted to type and scuttled off. Or as the British American Tobacco South Africa company phrased it when announcing that it was abandoning its legal challenge against the ban on tobacco sales during the COVID-19 pandemic, it would “rather pursue further negotiations with government on the formulation and application of the regulations”.

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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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