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South Africa

The Centre for Constitutional Rights takes pleasure in presenting its sixth annual Human Rights Report Card indicating where, in our opinion, South Africa has been making progress with regard to human rights and where it has been regressing.

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2014 marks 20 years since South Africa’s first democratic elections and a constitutional era underpinned by the values of human dignity, the achievement of equality and the advancement of human rights and freedoms; non-racialism and non-sexism; supremacy of the Constitution and the rule of law; and a multi-party democracy resulting in government that is accountable, responsive and transparent. As a result, South Africa is without doubt a better place to call home.

However, even though it is a functioning multi-party democracy, the growing failure within South Africa to fully appreciate and adhere to all of the aforementioned constitutional values – especially those of accountability, responsiveness and openness, but also non-racialism and non-sexism – is having a direct impact on the realisation of human rights and freedoms. These fundamental rights – as with constitutional values – are interrelated, interdependent and indivisible, meaning that the failure to adhere to one will affect realisation of other rights.

Nonetheless, South Africans enjoy most of the fundamental rights enshrined in the Bill of Rights in one way or another. This includes a fairly wide enjoyment of most political and civil rights, although the same cannot be said about the realisation of socio-economic rights. As a result, inequality in its many manifestations – including persisting poverty, unemployment and access to quality basic education, health services, water and sanitation services – remains a challenge even after 20 years. More communities have access to housing, electricity and water than ever before, although the inability to provide these services in a sustainable manner to all people – especially at local government level – remains the primary cause for ongoing service delivery protests across the country. Similarly, there are indeed more children enrolled in schools than ever before. However, the quality of basic education offered in the majority of South African schools continues to be low.

Read the full article here at The Centre for Constitutional Rights

Black Stars, Black Stars shining bright

Editor July 21, 2010 South Africa

Fellow Africans! My name is Grant, I am from South Africa. The 2010 world cup has been an exciting and joyful time for this country and continent. It has brought a unity that has never been seen in Africa. It has brought brothers and sisters from different, races, cultures, languages and countries together in celebration […]

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Chakalaka – what's in a name?

Alana Bailey July 7, 2010 South Africa

Inspired by a question from Jeffrey Myers from Germany… “I am interested in learning more about the origin of the name “Chakalaka”. Could you please explain the origin (etymology) of the name of this delicious dish from South Africa?  Thanks so much for your time and help!”

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We asked our resident know-the-answer-to-everything person […]

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Riots at the G20 are justifiable – the global village is angry at greed

Lukhona Mnguni July 1, 2010 South Africa

This past weekend, 25-27 June 2010, we witnessed another catastrophe in Toronto, Canada, where global leaders met in the G20 summit and also in the G8 meeting. These riots that took place from angry protesters, which were anticipated, are estimated to have cost $1 billion on security alone; this excludes the damage caused to property. […]

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Work permits for foreign truck drivers

Tarryn Pokroy Rietveld June 8, 2010 Visas & Immigration

It is important to note that as from 1 July 2010, the Department of Home Affairs has advised that they will no longer be permitting entry to foreign truck drivers unless they have work permits.  The Department has advised that any such foreign truck drivers will be required to have work permits, whether or not […]

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Unite Mzansi, this is our time to shine

Lukhona Mnguni June 3, 2010 South Africa

“Ke nako” for us as a country to open up our arms and welcome the world to our shores. The time has come for us to let our homes be  homes to strangers if need be, but we need to open our hearts to generate warmth for our visitors through our undying smiles.

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FW de Klerk speech to Cape Agri Employers

Editor June 1, 2010 South Africa

It would be a mistake to underestimate the emotional commitment of many black South Africans to the need for land reform. For them, the revolutionary struggle will not be complete until a substantial – and perhaps demographically proportional – area of South Africa has been restored to black ownership.
ANC statements on land reform almost invariably […]

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31 May 2010 – the centenary of South Africa

Editor June 1, 2010 South Africa

This from the FW de Klerk Foundation…
We should remember 31 May 2010 because it is the centenary of the day on which South Africa, as we know it, became a country. Whether or not the Union was conceived in sin, whether or not the offspring was legitimate, there can be no doubt that the […]

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South African cities should be encouraged to differentiate themselves

Guy Lundy May 31, 2010 South Africa

South Africans have a rather outdated tendency to think that all of its cities should be the same. As a result we judge Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban and anywhere else in the country by the same criteria, and believe that all our cities should focus on the same industries, compete for the same kind […]

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World Cup visa dispensation announced

Julian Pokroy May 24, 2010 Visas & Immigration

With the the 2010 FIFA World Cup fast approaching, it has become necessary to deal with some of the issues surrounding the entry of foreign nationals into South Africa who are entering the country as spectators of this wonderful event. In order to deal with the “special” dispensation under the Immigration Act, recently announced, it […]

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