South Africa

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Jeffrey Goldberg, The Atlantic

Angola Amid Apartheid's Last Stand

J. Harding, London Review of Books

The sudden evaporation of support puts Zuma in uncharted waters. William Gumede, chairman of the Democracy Works Foundation, a Johannesburg-based think tank, said that no other Sou...(full article)

It could have been another inspiring immigrant story. Atul Gupta, a young man from Saharanpur in northern India, is sent by his father to find success across the ocean. He looks to...(full article)

Africa has more functioning democracies than at any time in history. The press is at its most free, and only a handful of despots remain, safe in the knowledge that fellow leaders ...(full article)

Mandela’s funeral provided the White House with the opportunity to change the tenor of the talks. “The president was going to the funeral of Nelson Mandela—his pe...(full article)

With the South Africans gone, there was a brief respite for the new government in Luanda, but it couldn’t begin to put its house in order without foreign help. The Cubans wer...(full article)

Most Recent Articles

South Africa Can't Rise Under Zuma's Cloud - Bloomberg View

Unlike the 25 percent of his fellow citizens who are without one, South African President Jacob Zuma doesn’t have to worry about finding a new job -- for now, at least. But S...

Cape Town's Congolese Dandies - Christopher Clark, Narratively

Strutting down the streets of South Africa, a band of dashingly dressed migrants proudly display their loud and colorful subculture in a place that can be less than welcoming to ou...

African Economies Shaken by Chinese Slowdown - N. Onishi, NY Times

Years of rapid economic growth across sub-Saharan Africa fueled hopes of a prosperous new era. To many, the world’s poorest continent was finally emerging, with economies tha...

The Top 10 Victims of the Export Crisis - G. Friedman, Geopolitical Futures

China: With an economy built on manufactured exports, China is reeling from the consequences of decreasing demand and increasing costs of production. The government is struggling t...

The Unraveling of Jacob Zuma - Erin Conway-Smith, Foreign Policy

South Africa’s president just sacked two finance ministers in a week. Now many in his own party are questioning whether he should still be in charge....

South Africa's Political Soldier Fights to Survive - A. England, FT

Doubts arise about the South African president’s style....

S. Africa on 3rd Finance Minister in Less Than a Week - Mohammed, Qz

The drama that has enveloped Africa’s second-largest economy over the past week shows no signs of letting up....

Post-Apartheid, Inequality Still Rules in South Africa - J. Dana, National

While the country is often justly held in high regard for its recent democratic achievements, the process remains unfinished; much work remains to be done in all sectors of society...

Love and Loyalty in a Land of Gangs - Sarah Stacke, Narratively

In a community long known as one of South Africa’s most violent places, faith and fortitude help one determined family look to the future....

Can Developing World Fund Its Own Development? - Mail & Guardian

Financing the United Nations’ sustainable development goals (SDGs), for example, will require more than the combined GDP of Africa’s 30 biggest economies in additional ...

It's All Over For the BRICS Countries - Chris Blackhurst, The Independent

In the past 13 months, almost $1trn has left those "emerging markets", as they’re also called. That’s twice the amount that decamped during the global financial crisis....

David Cameron Is a Hypocrite on Islam - Jane Duncan, Mail and Guardian

British Prime Minister David Cameron is a calculated hypocrite on the question of Muslim radicalisation. In July, in the wake of the attack on British and other tourists in Tunisia...

How Johannesburg Became a Capital of Cool - Charlise Ferguson, Daily Beast

The hostel reputed to be Nelson Mandela’s apartheid-era hideout is now the center of a network of cultural entrepreneurs who have helped revivify the South African city....

Nigeria and South Africa Must Mend Frayed Ties - J. Hamill, WP Review

Both South Africa and Nigeria accept in the abstract that cooperation and partnership is vital. But in practice, issue by issue, more parochial self-serving agendas have generally ...

South Africa's Disgrace - Bloomberg View

South Africa’s failure to detain Sudanese President Umar al-Bashir on charges of war crimes and genocide has renewed doubts about the viability of the International Criminal ...

A Suspected War Criminal Makes an Escape - David Graham, The Atlantic

The conviction of Charles Taylor seems like a signal triumph for international courts. The former Liberian president was caught after fleeing justice, tried in the Hague, convicted...

Outside Europe, the World Loves Sepp Blatter - J. Wilson, New Statesman

Prince Ali failed to offer a credible alternative vision for Caf, the AFC and CONCACAF. If Fifa is to be reformed, the western nations that have targeted Blatter have to understand...

Colonialists Reap Bitter Fruit - Ebrahim Harvey, Business Day

THE xenophobic outrages in this country occurred as European leaders were having to deal with an unprecedented influx of African migrants, especially into southern Europe — S...

Nigeria's South African Mercenaries - John Campbell, CFR

After almost five years of reverses, the Nigerian federal government largely cleared Boko Haram fighters from the territories they occupied in Borno state–in about five weeks...

Judging the Right to Die in South Africa - Mail and Guardian

The Constitutional Court must indeed rule on the matter of doctor-assisted dying, if only because of the need for a national rule....

South Africa's Odd Plan to Fight Xenophobia - Erin Conway, GP

After anti-foreigner attacks last month left at least eight people dead, South Africa’s army was deployed to “hot spots” of xenophobic violence, a high-profile mo...

An Open Letter from South Africa's President - Jacob Zuma, D-Maverick

You are in pain as your letter indicates, because of the deaths of Mozambicans and the general attacks on foreign nationals in parts of our country. South Africans are also in pain...

South Africa's Poor Turn on the Downtrodden - Economist

A STREET vendor from Mozambique, Emmanuel Sithole, lay begging for his life in a gutter as four men beat him and stabbed him in the heart with a long knife. Images of his murder ha...

350 Foreigners Killed in S. Africa Since 2008 - E. Conway-Smith, GP

JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — Those who attack and kill foreigners in South Africa have little to fear: such crimes are rarely punished....

How to Show that Apartheid Was Defeated - Mail and Guardian

Symbols are important. They represent something, that’s why we have them. When someone says a symbol means nothing, they’re just fooling themselves....

Poaching the Animal Worth More than Gold - Leana Hosea, BBC

Last year a record 1,215 rhinos were slaughtered for their horns in South Africa - and at the same time, 42 poachers were killed by rangers and police. This bloody conflict is fuel...

South Africa's Epic Leadership Crisis - John Campbell, CFR

Some thoughtful South Africans argue that the fundamental problem is with the electoral system, whereby ballots are cast for a political party, not for specific candidates. Holomis...

The Changing Somalian Diaspora - Samadia Sadouni, Mail and Guardian

Migrants face uncertainty and, to survive, they forge identities through business and religion....

Losing Patience with Zuma's Government - Mail and Guardian

To invite the public to suggest on Twitter what President Jacob Zuma should say in his State of the Nation address on Thursday night was perhaps not the presidency’s wisest m...

The Lights Go out in South Africa - Adrian Ephraim, Mail and Guardian

It’s tough being middle class when circumstances conspire to deprive you of basics such as running water and electricity....

Russian Econ Planners Cite Apartheid-Era S. Africa - S. Bendett, RCWorld

He remained defiant on the sanctions against Russia, insisting that they will not impede economic activity and development: "We already have the experience of South Africa (which f...

South Africa's Age of Reconciliation Fades - V. Pillay, Mail & Guardian

There are a number of social commentators thrashing out the great South African race debate in columns, blogs, tweets and on long Facebook posts. They largely reflect the changing...

A Record Year for Rhino Poaching in South Africa - B. Clark Howard, NG

South Africa, home to the overwhelming majority of the world's wild rhinos, saw more of the animals poached last year than ever before, its government announced on Thursday. There ...

South Africa's Economy Needs Urgent Relief - Business Day

We may think we didn’t come out of the financial crisis too badly. But, says the IMF, while several emerging markets are facing growth challenges, SA’s slowdown seems t...

The Democracy Promotion Gap - Sarah Repucci, The American Interest

A group of highly influential democracies of the global south—Brazil, India, Indonesia, and South Africa—have reinforced their democratic credentials in recent months t...

South Africa's Dysfunctional Parliament - Business Day

THE collapse of the fragile truce between the African National Congress (ANC) and opposition parties in Parliament after only a few hours was entirely unsurprising. Both Cyril Rama...

South Africa's Decade of Lost Leadership - J. Hamill, World Politics Review

The past two years have also witnessed a grave deterioration in labor relations, an ongoing energy crisis and worsening performances by a raft of state-owned enterprises from South...

South Africa's Subprime Crisis - T.O. Molefe, New York Times

When America’s housing bubble burst and the subprime loan market tanked in 2007, banks around the world found themselves exposed to subprime debt through an array of complex ...

African Politics Exacerbate Continent's Struggles - M. Adam, Ottawa Cit.

Many South Africans would never have imagined Ramaphosa calling for a crackdown on workers. But his story is not just a South African narrative but one that reinforces the belief t...

Don't Free South Africa's Apartheid Assassins - T.O. Molefe, NY Times

During South Africa’s transition to democracy, a bafflingly small number of people were actually held accountable for crimes committed in defense of apartheid; of those who came ...

Nonviolence Worked for Mandela -- Why Not Gaza? - Ray de Souza, NP

Leaving aside the particularities of this latest Gaza war, a different question arises when observing the situation from Eastern Europe, where I have spent the past few weeks: Why ...

Why Cheap Chicken Is Bad News for S. Africa - Joonji Mdyogolo, Quartz

It’s the proverbial chicken and egg story: Are South African chicken farmers unable to supply their market with a basic and affordable source of meat or are some European coun...

How to Be a Good World Cup Host - Erin Conway-Smith, Global Post

Feel it, Brazil. The soccer World Cup is here. The world is watching, the fans are pumped and the Brazilian people are — well, not exactly at fever pitch with excitement. An...

South Africa Needs To-Do List on Economy - Business Day

The World Bank expects China’s growth to fall to 7.6% this year and 7.5% in the next one, from 7.7% in 2013. The "rebalancing" of China’s economy away from investment t...

World Cup Should Belong to the World, Not FIFA - Business Day

As SA experienced, the Fifa stranglehold means the benefits flow disproportionately to Fifa and the Blatter family, not to entrepreneurs in the host nation. And that is just the ab...

About South Africa

  • Republic of South Africa
  • Population: 49,052,489 (24th)
  • Area Size: 471,445 sq mi (25th)
  • GDP: $492.2 billion (26th)
  • Currency: Rand (ZAR)
  • Official Language: Afrikaans, English, Ndebele, Northern Sotho, Sotho, Swazi, Tsonga, Tswana, Venda, Xhosa, Zulu
  • Capital City: Pretoria
  • Largest City: Johannesburg

South Africa Prosperity Rank: 69

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