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A new cabinet with internal rifts faces major challenges in the coming parliamentary term.

South Africa takes its seat on the UN Security Council this week for the third time since its founding elections in 1994.  

Project Director, Southern Africa

The administration’s first moves have raised hopes that the corruption and neglect of the Zuma era are truly coming to an end.

Cyril Ramaphosa was elected as president of South Africa by the National Assembly, following resignation of Jacob Zuma. 

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Strengthening participation of young people in South Africa's electoral and democratic processes

The political parties vary in impressions as to the specificity (or not) of issues that concern the youth. The issues are both substantive (concerning aspects of public policy and government action) and procedural (relevant to participation in elections and politics). Parties strive to expand their use of social media. However, the diverse demographic backgrounds of their supporters dictate that they will use a mix of traditional media (pamphlets, newsletters, speeches, door-to-door grassroots visits), intermediary electronic media (SMS and email), and social or new media (Twitter, Facebook, Mxit, WhatsApp, Google broadcasts, podcasts).

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Freedom House undertook rapid conflict assessments in 16 at-risk communities in six provinces throughout South Africa. 

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