South Africa

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...(full article)

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

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...(full article)

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 ...(full article)

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...(full article)

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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...

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...

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...

Why South Africa Keeps Voting ANC - Kardas-Nelson & Fogel, The Nation

Historically a key channel for anti-apartheid activism, NUMSA claims 338,000 members, and would likely be the most legitimate challenger to the ruling party. Respected South Africa...

South Africa's Never-Ending Party - Roy Robins, Foreign Policy

Jacob Zuma's seemingly invincible ANC is back on top -- but that doesn't mean it will continue to rule “until Jesus comes back.”...

Unrest Stirs in South Africa - The Australian

Ingrained loyalty to the African National Congress, the liberation movement led by Nelson Mandela against apartheid, guaranteed the party another commanding victory in South Africa...

South Africans Still Vote for the Past - Zakes Mda, The Guardian

South Africans still vote for the past. Ultimately the past will fade; only then will they begin to vote for the future....

Is South Africa the Next Zimbabwe? - Andrew Harding, BBC News

Election campaigns are exhausting things. But Mmusi Maimane seemed to be wrestling with more than the usual sore throat, as he considered the opposition's non-existent chances of u...

Why Democracy Wins - Ann Bernstein, RealClearWorld

Democracy won. The Wall fell. Freedom triumphed. Then we blinked and political paralysis, a global financial crisis, economic downgrades and defaults shook our faith. China's pragm...

Pistorius, Zuma: Is This the Best S. Africa Can Do? - Mark Gevisser, LAT

In South Africa today, as the country celebrates the 20th anniversary of its democracy and prepares for elections, two deeply flawed folk heroes — one venal, the other violent ...

The White Tourist's Burden - Rafia Zakaria, Al Jazeera

As admirably altruistic as it sounds, the problem with voluntourism is its singular focus on the volunteer’s quest for experience, as opposed to the recipient community’s actua...

Pistorius & the Fear That Grips White South Africa - Pierre de Vos, Convo

Pistorius needs to convince the court that his alleged fear of an intruder was not irrational and that his response to this alleged fear was reasonable. That is why he has alleged ...

Will Mandela's Party Keep His Nation's Heart? - Peter Mellgard, TAI

In the wake of allegations of corruption under Jacob Zuma, the ANC is no longer able to count on Nelson Mandela’s powerful legacy to maintain a lock on politics in South Afri...

South Africa: The Price of Zuma's Spending - The Guardian

There are few better symbols of the decline in the ANC's popularity than the row over the president's homestead....

Pistorius Trial Highlights Racial Tension - Erin Conway-Smith, Global Post

A well-known athlete, who is white, is charged with murder after shooting and killing his girlfriend, a model and reality show star who also happens to be white....

Four Reasons Oscar Pistorius May Go Free - Eboni Williams, Daily Beast

South Africa’s former Olympic golden boy, Oscar Pistorius, went on trial for murder this week. The entire world was rocked last Valentine’s Day when Pistorius admitted ...

Life, Death & Game Theory in South Africa - Stephen L. Carter, Bloomberg

The threat to arrest men buried deep underground at first blush seems cruel. But the government is on the horns of a dilemma. The Department of Mineral Resources estimates annual l...

When Van Zandt & Paul Simon Debated Mandela - Africa Is a Country

Basically, the set up is this: In the early stages of the project, Van Zandt traveled to South Africa, where he met with black activists and experienced the effects of Apartheid fi...

South Africa: The Nation That Gave Up Its Nukes - F.W. De Klerk, LA Times

It would be a mistake to think that the end of the Cold War also ended the threat posed by nuclear weapons. Nuclear-armed states continue to deploy huge arsenals of nuclear weapons...

Ukraine to S. Africa: End of History (Again)? - Leon Hadar, AmCon Mag

The American media tend to downplay the ethnic and regional strains underlying the political tensions at the core of the color revolutions, not to mention the Arab spring. Recall t...

South Africa Had Already Left Mandela Behind - David Blair, Telegraph

After the funeral, South Africa will remain much as before -- just as its hero would have hoped....

Mandela and the Question of Violence - Ta-Nehisi Coates, The Atlantic

One should never lose sight of why America preaches nonviolence to some people while urging other people to arms....

The ANC After Nelson Mandela - The Guardian

The party as a whole is open to the criticism that its structure reflects the pernicious doctrine of democratic centralism....

Mandela Dies, but Apartheid Lives - Charles Crawford, The Commentator

Why does apartheid logic live on so strongly in so many countries? Because it gives an over-powerful state the power to manipulate citizens and enrich certain powerful dishonest lo...

The Threat to Mandela's Economic Legacy - Mike Cohen, Bloomberg BW

Nelson Mandela, who died on Dec. 5, emerged from 27 years in prison in 1990 pledging to seize South Africa’s mines and banks. Instead, his government slashed spending and cou...

Mandela Sanitized by Hypocrites and Apologists - Seumas Milne, Guardian

The ANC liberation hero has been reinvented as a Kumbaya figure in order to whitewash those who stood behind apartheid....

After Mandela, the Hard Part - The Australian

Governing South Africa after decades of apartheid was never going to be easy. As the country's leaders begin the ceremonies that will culminate in Nelson Mandela's burial in the hu...

The Unsung Legacy of Nelson Mandela - Robert Tracinski, RealClearPolitics

The memorial service for former South African prisoner-turned-president Nelson Mandela cemented the widespread portrayal of Mandela as a kind of secular saint—and the vilificatio...

The Mess in South Africa - R.W. Johnson, London Evening Standard

The country has become utterly corrupt under ANC rule. Government ministers enrich themselves more or less openly. After all, Zuma’s palace at Nkandla tells one how the Presi...

Why Mandela Was Unique - Thomas Friedman, New York Times

We have lost a unique kind of leader on the world stage, but how did Mandela amass so much moral authority?...

A Moment of Praise for F.W. de Klerk - Barbara McDougall, Globe and Mail

Most particularly, I think of F.W. de Klerk, elected leader of South Africa’s National Party and therefore president of the country in 1990. His first act as president was to...

Obama Defies the Dictators at Mandela Service - Frida Ghitis, CNN

It's a pity that so many are focusing on a handshake between President Barack Obama and Cuban President Raul Castro. They are missing the much more poignant events that unfolded du...

Nelson Mandela Sold Out Black South Africans - Noah Feldman, Bloomberg

The international community rightly reveres Nelson Mandela as a man of peace. But he was not a saint -- and for that we should be grateful. He brought peace through his ability to ...

Why Conservatives Struggle with Mandela's Legacy - Isaac Chotiner, TNR

There are several reasons for this Cold War blindness, and some of them are not at all dishonorable. Our system of government is vastly better than the Soviet Union's was. The coll...

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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