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Weak rand takes toll on petrol price
- Tuesday, 05 January 2016
- By Money Web/ Sungula Nkabinde
Diesel down 78c but rand’s depreciation nullifies what would have been a petrol price drop of about 30c.
South African Foreign Policy And The Global South: From IBSA To BRICS – Analysis
- Thursday, 10 December 2015
- By Eurasia Review/ Chris Alden and Maxi Schoeman
South Africa’s role as an emerging power, and one which overcame apartheid to establish democracy in 1994, as well as its position as an economic leader on the African continent, sets it apart from other countries of the region. Under President Thabo Mbeki, South Africa took on an activist mantle to restructure the continent’s economic practices through the New Economic Partnership for Africa (NEPAD) and its political institutions like the African Union to reflect South Africa’s own democratic values and development aspirations.
SA's current account deficit widens, threatening rand
- Tuesday, 08 December 2015
- By SABC News/ Reuters
South Africa's current account deficit widened sharply in the third quarter of this year, central bank data showed on Tuesday, signaling further pressure on the rand currency as markets brace for higher US interest rates.
Deputy Minister Landers to speak at an AU Youth Volunteers Corps event
- Tuesday, 08 December 2015
- By DIRCO
The Deputy Minister of International Relations and Cooperation, Mr Luwellyn Landers, will deliver a speech an AU Youth Volunteers Corps event jointly hosted by DIRCO, the Nelson Mandela Foundation and the Southern African Liaison Office (SALO).
South Africa gets a rating downgrade
- Monday, 07 December 2015
- By The Economist/ Middle East and Africa
“OUR sovereignty in South Africa was incredibly hard won, steeped in blood and pain,” said Trevor Manuel, the country’s former finance minister, recalling the debt crisis he had inherited at the end of apartheid in 1994. Faced with a contracting economy, rising public debt and spiralling debt-service costs, the new democracy seemed to be heading towards an IMF bail-out that would have entailed it handing over control of its economy to international creditors. Instead, as Mr Manuel recounted in an interview with the Daily Maverick, a news website, in 2014 on the eve of his retirement from politics, South Africa cut state spending to ensure “we weren’t going to become a client state of anybody.”
South Africa's conduct of international relations, especially its role in international organisations like the UN Security Council, its choice of strategic partnerships, its leadership role in Africa, its public engagement and foreign policy decision making, has been intensely debated in the recent past. The FPA programme aims to provide a nuanced analysis and facilitate a structured discussion of South Africa's foreign policy in a changing world environment for purposes of informing its future direction.
The purpose of this focus area is to unpack the extent to which the policy in its making, its nature and its application constitutes a principled and pragmatic response to a complex international environment. In doing so, we hope to be guided by an objective to promote a foreign policy that positions SA as a responsible global citizen committed to building bridges between various power blocs for the benefit of Africa and South Africans.