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    Default Selling our future for a BRIC: time to rethink South Africa's foreign policy

    Scathing review of South Africa's foreign policy, not only the international aspect, but at home too. Here is an example:
    In exchange for its membership of the BRICS, South Africa appears to have also given China a licence to de-industrialise the country despite the fact that the EU, as a bloc, is South Africa’s major trading partner. No country has developed without a solid manufacturing sector. Instead of supporting South Africa’s manufacturing exports to Africa and protecting our market, the South African government misses no opportunity to ‘buy Chinese’, importing anything from scarfs and caps for the African National Congress to cheap consumer goods, which should be made in South Africa.
    Link:https://www.issafrica.org/iss-today/...foreign-policy
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    Default A committed commie badass: people are afraid.

    Ronnie Kasrils, a former ANC leader and minister, has a bleak outlook on the future as the ANC under President Zuma face new challenges:http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/article/2016-04-14-trainspotter-ronnie-kasrils-the-killing-game-has-already-started/?
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    Default Pressure building

    The 'Rainbow Nation' is sadly and for some not unexpected becoming even more divided, not by race / ethnicity and this passage is one symptom:
    Our own government’s human bean-counter-in-chief – not an agent from America but a mild-mannered specialist in population studies – told us last week that young South Africans today are less educated than their parents were twenty years ago, and we were not outraged.....increasingly unemployable...
    Link to the actual comment:http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/artic.../#.Vx_Qf0dPxYM

    Link to the cited article:http://www.dailymaverick.co.za/opini.../#.Vx_Co0dPxYP

    I am old enough to recall it was education that was at the root of the "Soweto Uprising", in June 1976. See:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Soweto_uprising
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    Default Despair

    A rare commentary on the SANDF, which is scathing and asks why is 80% of the budget spent on personnel (now including veterans). The one comment ends with - on all public services:
    unfit, overweight, overpaid, complacent, inefficient and hopeless
    Link:https://theconversation.com/money-has-little-to-do-with-why-south-africas-military-is-failing-to-do-its-job-81216?

    Not that the SANDF are alone, the ANC's rule increasingly looks like "snouts in the trough". See this week's BBC Newsnight report:https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2KSHC6UPUgA
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