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  • South Africa: Constitutional Court says President Zuma failed to “uphold, defend and respect the Constitution as the supreme law of the Republic.”

    By admin | April 1, 2016

    Nkandla (pictured below) is a private residence of President Zuma in KwazuluNatal. Significant upgrades were made to the property at public expense ostensibly to provide improved security there. A number of complaints were made to the Office of the Public Protector about the costs and scale of the work. The Public Protector, Thuli Madonsela investigated Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: State of Nation Address on 12 February marred by removal of some and jamming of cell phone signal

    By Tony | February 16, 2015

    President Zuma delivered the State of the Nation address on 12 February. It has been a set piece event with no questions but this year was Read the rest of this entry »

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    25th Anniversary of the Release of Nelson Mandela

    By Mark | February 11, 2015

    Message by President Jacob Zuma marking the 25th Anniversary of the release of Madiba

    Source: The Presidency

    Exactly 25 years ago… on the 11th of February, our late former President Nelson Mandela walked out of the Victor Verster prison as a free man after twenty seven years of imprisonment.

    This day therefore marked a giant Read the rest of this entry »

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    Angola Monitor Issue 1/15

    By Tony | February 9, 2015

    The Angola Monitor covers the politics, economics, development, democracy and human rights of Angola. It is published quarterly by Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA).

    This issue covers:
    Political News: MPLA Congress, Independence Day, Angola improving ties with USA and Portugal;
    Economic News: Public Sector Recruitment freeze, Angola perceived as most corrupt country in Southern Africa, Banco Espirito Santo Angola recapitalised;
    Human Rights News: Clampdown on Protests, Migrants arrested, British security guards acquitted over death of Angolan detainee
    Aid and Development News: Mine Clearance, Cunene Dam.

    This issue is also available in Portuguese. Read the rest of this entry »

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    O Monitor de Angola No 1, 2015

    By Tony | February 9, 2015

    O Monitor de Angola aborda política, economia, desenvolvimento, democracia e direitos humanos em Angola. É publicado trimestralmente pela Ação pela África Austral (ACTSA, sigla em inglês).

    Esta edição cobrirá:
    Política: Congresso do MPLA; Dia da Independência; Angola fortalece laços com os Estados Unidos e Portugal.
    Economia: Suspensão dos concursos de admissão para o setor público; Angola é percebida como o país mais corrupto da África austral; Banco Espírito Santo Angola é recapitalizado.
    Direitos humanos: Repressão a protestos; imigrantes presos, seguranças britânicos são absolvidos da morte de detento angolano.
    Ajuda e desenvolvimento: Desminagem; represa de Cunene. Read the rest of this entry »

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    Letter from Hobeni 20: The role of solidarity

    By Mark | December 12, 2014

    In my previous letters, I have tried to avoid making statements about party politics in South Africa.   But when the President of the country says publicly that the ANC, the governing party, is “in trouble”, it does seem that the issue is unavoidable.   I have only one problem.   It is very difficult, in a remote rural area like Hobeni, to keep a track on what exactly is Read the rest of this entry »

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    COSATU Deputy President’s Address to ACTSA Conference

    By Mark | November 3, 2014

    Keynote address by Tyotyo James, 1st Deputy President of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, to Action for Southern Africa (ACTSA), formerly the Anti-Apartheid Movement

    1 November 2014

    Thank you for inviting me to address this important gathering, celebrating the 20th anniversary of democracy in South Africa. I bring greetings and best wishes from the National Office Bearers and 2.2 million members of the Congress of South African Trade Unions – COSATU.

    I must begin by thanking all those in the Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: 20 Years of Freedom

    By Tony | April 26, 2014

    South Africa marks 20 years as a democratic country in 2014. 27 April is Freedom Day, the anniversary of South Africa’s first democratic elections.

    What has happened? What has been achieved? What are the key challenges South Africa faces?

    This new briefing paper from ACTSA to mark the anniversary provides Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: National and Provincial elections to take place on 7 May 2014

    By Mark | February 7, 2014

    Source: The Presidency of South Africa

    Statement by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma announcing the date for the fifth General Elections in South Africa

    Fellow South Africans,

    The electoral term of the present government will come to an end on the Read the rest of this entry »

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    Address to the nation by President Jacob Zuma on the departure of former President Nelson Mandela

    By Mark | December 5, 2013

    The Presidency

    My Fellow South Africans,

    Our beloved Nelson Rolihlahla Mandela, the founding President of our democratic nation has departed. Read the rest of this entry »

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