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 largely unabated in the Union of South Africa, which was established in 1910 following a British victory during the Boer War. This racist system was institutionalised…
From The Report: South Africa 2016
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South Africa has long served as the “gateway to Africa”, and while recent years have seen other economies in the regional make up ground, it remains one of the most accessible, dynamic and well-regulated entry points to the continent’s roughly 1bn consumers. The country boasts a wide range of climates and landscapes, from arid semi-desert in Karoo to jagged Alpine landscapes in Ukhahlamba Drakensberg and rich farmland in the Western Cape. South Africa is ringed by water, with more than 2500 km of coastline, and covers 1.22m sq km of land on the southern tip of the African continent, making it the 25th-largest country in the world. According to Statistics South Africa, the country’s official statistical bureau, the country’s population as of July 2015 was 54.96m.
This chapter contains interviews with President Jacob Zuma; and Alexey Ulyukaev, Minister of Economic Development, Russian Federation.