South Africa Economy

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Where do you see the greatest scope for increasing Russia-South Africa trade and cooperation?


Understanding South Africa’s history is integral to making sense of its current political and economic issues. From the first arrival of Dutch colonists in the 1600s through to the early 1900s, European colonials treated South Africa’s indigenous majority as second-class citizens at best and slave labour at worst. This arrangement continued...


In spite of the domestic challenges the government must navigate, South Africa maintains a robust diplomatic presence. Its transition from apartheid to democracy resulted in a significant readjustment of its foreign relations in 1994, which saw it join the South African Development Community, the Organisation of African Unity – replaced by the...

Interviews & Viewpoints | Jacob Zuma, President: Interview from The Report: South Africa 2016


What steps are being taken to ensure more inclusive economic development in South Africa?


In 2015 South Africa celebrated two decades since the end of the apartheid system, a watershed moment that in many ways marked the rebirth of the country. The 1994 elections – the country’s first multi-racial and fully open polls – were fêted around the world, and such was the momentousness of the occasion that people across the country waited...


ETIQUETTE: South Africa is a diverse, mixed and free society, and there is little in the way of cultural norms or sensitivities which if not adhered to could cause offense. Business etiquette is very much similar to that of Europe and North America.

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