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How much progress has South Africa made since 1994?

Afrobarometer release on the economy, political system, and discrimination. This is the third release of Afrobarometer’s latest 2015 survey data on the economy, the political system and discrimination.

Event: Afrobarometer Public Briefing

Date: Wednesday, 20 April 2016

Time: 17h30-20h00

Venue: Southern Sun Elangeni, 63 Snell Parade, Durban

This event has been made possible by the generous support of the Konrad Adenauer Stiftung and organised by the Democracy Development Program. 

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World Health Day: Despite gains, barriers keep health care high on Africans’ priority list (Afrobarometer survey)

Almost half of Africans go without needed health care, and one in seven have to pay bribes to obtain needed care, according to new findings from Afrobarometer.

Released on World Health Day (April 7), the survey findings show that citizens across 36 African countries rank health care as their second-most-important national problem and priority for additional government investment. Public ratings of government performance in improving basic health services have worsened over the past decade: Almost half of Africans say their government is doing “fairly” or “very” badly.

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World Water Day: Africans expect governments to do a better job of ensuring safe water and sanitation, survey finds

Almost half of Africans go without enough clean water for home use, and a majority have to leave their compounds in order to access water, according to new findings from Afrobarometer.

Released on World Water Day (March 22), the survey findings give voice to citizens who call on their governments to do a better job of ensuring access to water and sanitation. Public ratings of government performance in providing water and sanitation services have worsened over the past decade: A majority say their government is doing “fairly” or “very” badly.

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Powerless: Lack of grid access, unreliable electricity supply still plague majority of Africans

While more Africans live within reach of an electric grid than a decade ago, only four in 10 enjoy a reliable power supply, according to new survey findings from Afrobarometer. In some countries, that proportion is four in 100.

Based on nearly 54,000 interviews in 36 African countries in 2014/2015, Afrobarometer’s report concludes that more than a century after the invention of the light bulb, a majority of Africans are still in the dark, either intermittently or constantly.

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Africans tolerant on religion, ethnicity, nationality, and HIV, but not on homosexuality, Afrobarometer survey finds

Contrary to common portrayals, Africans express high degrees of tolerance for people from different ethnic groups, people of different religions, immigrants, and people living with HIV/AIDS (PLWHA), newly released Afrobarometer survey findings show.

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Immigration remains a challenge for South Africa’s government and citizens

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.

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Majority of South Africans want a workers’ party as alternative to ANC

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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Snapshots of South Africa's democracy at 21: Afrobarometer 2015 results on democracy, immigration, and trade unions.

Event: Afrobarometer Lunchtime Seminar

Date: Tuesday, February 9

Time: 12:30pm–2pm

Location: 105 Hatfield Street, Gardens, Cape Town City Bowl, parking at Jewish Museum

Contact: Wendy Mpatsi: 021 202 4071; wendy@ijr.org.za

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.

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Government performance and leadership trends in South Africa; trust and accountability of the President

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.

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University of Botswana, Lesotho, and Swaziland (UBLS) Association Conference

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.

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Rhodes University School of Journalism’s Highway Africa 2015 Conference: Journalism and the City

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.

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Post-2015 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) Youth Roundtable: What role can South Africa play to advance welfare of youth?

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.

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10 things to know about Afrobarometer data & methodology.

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.

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Reigniting youth citizenship in South Africa

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.

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