South Africa’s economy shrunk 2.2% in the first quarter of 2018

After growing by 3.1% in the fourth quarter of 2017, the South Africa economy wobbled in the first quarter of 2018, shrinking by 2.2% quarter-on-quarter, according to the latest data from Stats SA.

Agriculture, mining and manufacturing were the main contributors to the slowdown, with the electricity, construction and trade industries also recording negative growth, the group said.

The 2.2% fall is the largest quarter-on-quarter decline since the first quarter of 2009. In that quarter, the economy contracted by 6.1%.
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#Elections2019: Overseas voter registration is open, here’s what you need to know

The Department of International Relations and Cooperation’s (DIRCO) confirmed recently that voter registration for South Africans living abroad has opened.

Registration out of the country will take place at all Embassies, Consulates-General and High Commissions as designated on the DIRCO website.

There are a few things to consider if you’re a South African living abroad wanting to cast your vote – and here are some things to keep in mind.

If you have voted before, it is not necessary to re-register to vote abroad. You can simply check your registration status on the IEC website.
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South Africa, international pressure mounting

While the South African media remains conveniently quiet about international resistance to the current regime in the country, dr Dan Roodt described it as “already bigger than the anti apartheid movement ever was.”

During the apartheid years groups of people regularly protested outside South African embassies. It is however worth remembering that these protests were funded by various liberal governments, amongst others Sweden and the Netherlands. The United Nations also backed the movement. The anti-apartheid movement cannot, therefore, really be regarded as a spontaneous movement, while the current protest movement definitely is exactly that.
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South-Africa is one of the poorest performing regions on the Henley Passport Index

While South Africa remains an under-performer‚ Japan is the best passport to have and the Emirati are capitalising on tourism to diversify their economies‚ according to an index of global travel access. President Cyril Ramaphosa is targeting travel within Africa to improve SA’s future scenario.

Since reaching its highest rank of 35th globally in both the 2008 and 2009 Henley Passport Index listings‚ South Africa has dropped 15 places‚ now occupying 50th place overall‚ offering 102 destinations with visa-free access.
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Over 200 Persecuted White South African Farmers Have Applied for Refuge in Australia

More than 200 farmers from South Africa have applied for humanitarian visas in Australia after suffering attacks for being white, according to the Australian Home Affairs Ministry.
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South Africa to tighten Visa Requirements For Israeli Citizens After Gaza Attack

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba has condemned Monday’s carnage in the Gaza Strip as ‘an act of provocation and a violation of international law’.

Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba says he will raise, in Cabinet, the possibility of tighter visa requirements for Israeli citizens and the question of South Africans with dual citizenship who “fight in wars that South Africa regards as unjust”.
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AfriForum exposes South Africa’s Turn to Communism in U.S.

On a recent trip to the United States, leaders of AfriForum, Africa’s largest civil-rights organization, exposed the South African government’s growing extremism, including official plans to steal land from European-descent farmers as well as escalating calls for violence and murder against minority communities. Indeed, violence, especially against farmers, is already off the charts.
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AfriForum se Kriel en Roets na VSA vir bewusmaking oor plaasmoorde en onteiening

Kallie Kriel, uitvoerende hoof van die burgerregte-organisasie AfriForum, en Ernst Roets, adjunk- uitvoerende hoof, vertrek vandag na die VSA waar hulle Suid-Afrika se situasie rondom plaasmoorde en die ANC se planne vir onteiening sonder vergoeding sal belig.

AfriForum se verskerpte veldtog om die internasionale gemeenskap se aandag op plaasmoorde en onteiening van eiendom sonder vergoeding te vestig, het die afgelope tyd vinnig spoed opgetel, sê Kriel.
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The Wanderers Rugby Club alleges racial abuse after fixture ends in fisticuffs

An under 21 fixture between the Wanderers and Rooderpoort rugby clubs last Wednesday, ended in a brawl when one set of players took exception to the use of the K-word directed at their black players during the match.

The game ended 26-21 in favour of Rooderpoort, but their opponents were not satisfied in the manner in which it was handled, citing hostility from the referee, the players and the crowd in attendance.
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US threatens to cut funding to South Africa

The United States has threatened to cut funding to South Africa, after it emerged that South Africa is among the countries in the United Nations that is most likely to vote against the US.

The US, through its USAID programme, provides funding for South African health services (related to diseases such as HIV/Aids and tuberculosis), basic education, and assistance for small and medium enterprises. In 2016, USAID’s total foreign assistance to South Africa amounted to US$459.7-million.
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