Less than half of South Africans currently believe that the country is “a full democracy” or “a democracy with minor problems” (48%) or are satisfied with its implementation (47%), according to the most recent Afrobarometer survey.
New findings from the 2015 Afrobarometer survey suggest there has been little change in South Africans’ unwelcoming attitudes toward foreigners. The Rainbow Nation remains divided: Four in 10 citizens (42%) say that “foreigners should not be allowed to live in South Africa because they take jobs and benefits away from South Africans,” whilst the same proportion disagree. However, half (51%) are in favour of immigration policies that prioritise skilled workers and foreign investors.
Twenty-one years after the African National Congress came to power in South Africa’s transition to democratic institutions and rules, a majority of South Africans would support the creation of a workers’ party to contest elections and fight for workers’ rights, according to findings of the latest Afrobarometer survey.
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Event: Afrobarometer Lunchtime Seminar
Date: Tuesday, February 9
Location: 105 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town City Bowl, parking at Jewish Museum
Contact: Wendy Mpatsi: 021 202 4071; firstname.lastname@example.org
You are cordially invited to attend the second release of Afrobarometer’s 2015 survey data, a lunchtime seminar on the state of South Africa’s democracy at 21. The event will form part of IJR’s Open Weeks.
Lived poverty drops across Africa: Ethiopian Broadcast Corporation coverage report
While adequate food and clean water remain daily challenges for millions of Africans, poverty at the household level – “lived poverty” – has declined in two-thirds of countries surveyed by Afrobarometer, newly released survey findings show.
Despite progress over the past decade, the development of infrastructure for electricity, water, sewerage, and roads remains an enormous challenge across Africa, especially in rural areas, new Afrobarometer survey data indicate. In contrast, cell phone service is approaching universal coverage.
Africans’ most urgent problem is unemployment, and their top priority for more government investment is education, according to Afrobarometer’s latest round of surveys across Africa.
Snapshot of the findings:
Government performance: Government performance rated as poor on key issues, rated positively on welfare distribution.
Leadership performance ratings: Premiers enjoy the highest levels of public approval, while rating those for President Zuma, MPs, and local government councillors have declined since 2011.
Public confidence in President Zuma declines significantly:
Blog post by Jamy Felton
Jamy Felton is the Afrobarometer data quality officer, based at the Democracy in Africa Research Unit in the Centre for Social Science Research at the University of Cape Town, South Africa.
The 2015 conference has the theme – Journalism and the City. The two day event will explore the relationship of journalism and place, specifically the dialectical relationship between the media narratives and the city.
Southern Africa’s longstanding vision is a united, prosperous and integrated region.
Afrobarometer national investigator in Lesotho, Libuseng Malephane will present a paper on ethnic homogeneity, solidarity and social cohesion in Lesotho using the latest Afrobarometer data.
When: Thursday, 3 Sep 2015; All day
Where: Maseru, Lesotho (Lehakoe Recreation Club)
Topic: Conference on solidarity and social cohesion using the latest Afrobarometer data.
Using keynote addresses, plenary sessions, panel discussions, training workshops, book launches and networking dinners, HA 2015 will be yet another occasion for reflection on the role of journalism and the media in society.
The 2015 conference has the theme – Journalism and the City. The two-day event will explore the relationship of journalism and place, specifically the dialectical relationship between the media narratives and the city.
This roundtable dialogue will be undertaken by the Inclusive Economies project of the IJR in partnership with, Inyathelo, InkuluFreeHeid, and ACTIVATE Change Drivers.
Speaker: Prof Vusi Gumede, Head: Thabo Mbeki African Leadership Institute
Afrobarometer's Communications Coordinator/ Southern Africa, Sibusiso Nkomo will present on youth civic engagement in Africa and South African youth patriotism and social cohesion.
1. Afrobarometer has collected data on the perceptions and attitudes of African citizens since 1999.
2. Our data are collected from nationally representative samples.
3. All respondents are randomly selected; every adult citizen has an equal chance of being selected.
4. Samples are distributed across urban/rural areas in proportion to their share of the national population.
5. We use face-to-face interviews in the language of the respondent’s choice.
South Africa celebrates Youth Day every June 16 to commemorate the students who lost their lives during the Soweto Uprising in 1976. An estimated 3,000-10,000 students marched to protest the apartheid government’s directive to make Afrikaans a compulsory medium of instruction in public education, alongside English. The violent police response to this peaceful protest led to a widespread revolt against the government and exposed the brutality of the apartheid state to the international community.
Questionnaire for the Round 6 survey (2015) in South Africa.
South Africa Round 5 codebook (2011).
South Africa Round 4 codebook (2008).
South Africa Round 4 data (2008).
South Africa Round 3 codebook (2006).
South Africa Round 3 data (2006).
South Africa Round 2 codebook (2002).
South Africa Round 2 data (2002).