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- Monday, 28 September 2015
- By Lona Gqiza
The Deputy President of South Africa Cyril Ramaphosa accompanied by a ministerial delegation, senior government officials and a trade delegation, went to Japan in August to promote South Africa as an ideal country for trade and foreign direct investment. South Africa is currently facing the highest level of unemployment since the apartheid era; the visit was primarily an effort from the South African government to reduce the high level of unemployment in the country. The economy of South Africa has declined therefore innovative and fresh ideas to grow the economy are needed.
- Wednesday, 23 September 2015
- By Naledi Plaatjies
Two-thirds of the African population dwell in rural areas. These areas house some of the poorest people of the continent and a general lack of infrastructure development. The inadequate focus on rural infrastructure development has led to the continued growth of the African urban population, as rural citizens migrate to urban-city centres in hopes of finding employment and improved access to public services. This is reflected in the projected increase of the urban population from 36% in 2010 to 50% by 2030. Thus the effects of urbanization in Africa, in particular the lack of policy focus in rural development and how the formation of the BRICS New Development Bank (NDB) could assist with financing rural development in Africa, will be discussed herewith.
- Tuesday, 22 September 2015
- By Kenny Dlamini
In the past few months, the South African government made significant visits to a number of Asian countries in a quest to strengthen strategic bilateral relations. This also includes hosting some of the Asian countries’ representatives from business and civil society sectors, to the level of Ministerial meetings and Head of States conventions.
- Friday, 18 September 2015
- By Wayne J. Jumat
South Africa and Mexico are considered as “Pivotal” states in the Central American and Southern African regions, and formally established relations on 27 October 1993, with the subsequent opening of the South African Embassy in Mexico City on 10 January 1994. Respectively, these states are members to various international and regional organisations such as BRICS, G20, G77, MIKTA, and this supports the views of these states as prominent ‘emerging powers’ within the Global System of Actors. This may be due to these states’ access to these important platforms of political and economic discussions and negotiations, but they also have “voices” within these structures that carries quite some significance, whether in the Global South or Global North. Furthermore, a solid trade and political relationship has come about from interaction between these states, however more can and needs to be done to ensure the condition of this relationship remains mutually beneficial particularly as South Africa is Mexico’s biggest African trade partner.