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Elections, opposition political parties and trust in institutions.

The UJ Centre for the Study of Democracy and the UJ Library in partnership with the Institute for Justice and Reconciliation and Konrad Adenauer Stiftung invite you to attend The fourth release of Afrobarometer’s latest survey data on: Elections, opposition political parties and trust in institutions.


Prof Steven Friedman – Director: Centre for the Study of Democracy, University of Johannesburg / Rhodes University

Dr Holger Dix – Resident Representative: Konrad Adenauer Stiftung

Anyway Chingwete – Afrobarometer


World Press Freedom Day: Strong public support for ‘watchdog’ role backs African news media under attack

Amid growing concerns about government restrictions on media freedom, Africans overwhelmingly support an independent media that holds government accountable, according to new survey findings from Afrobarometer.

The findings, which are being released on World Press Freedom Day (May 3), show that a majority of African citizens support the media’s “watchdog” role, see the media as effective in revealing government mistakes and corruption, and affirm that journalists “rarely” or “never” abuse their freedom by publishing lies.


South Africans unhappy with the economy, see slow progress since 1994

At a glance

  • The economy: South Africans say the economy is headed in the wrong direction and the government is failing to manage it.
  • Socioeconomic changes since 1994: A majority of South Africans believe there has been no change or there has been a deterioration on a range of indicators.
  • Discrimination: A significant proportion of minority race groups believe the government discriminates against them.

Download the media briefing.


Despite decline in lived poverty, South Africans increasingly pessimistic about the economy

Considering the barrage of bad economic news to which South Africans have been subjected, perhaps the most remarkable aspect of 2015 Afrobarometer survey findings on the economy is that on a personal level, citizens seem to be doing slightly better. Furthermore, fewer South Africans in 2015 than in 2011 report having gone without basic necessities during the previous year.


South Africans rate current political system far better than apartheid but report little change in socioeconomic conditions

Key findings

  • South Africans’ ratings of current and past political systems remain largely unchanged since 2011, at an average of 6.1 out of 10 points for the post-1994 regime and 3.4 for the apartheid system. However, optimism about the political system in 10 years’ time has declined significantly (from an average of 8.2 points in 2011 to 6.8).

South Africans report racial discrimination by employers and courts

Key findings

  • Although consistently low since 2006, the proportion of South Africans who believe that the government “always” or “often” discriminates against members of their ethnic community increased by 15 percentage point with a divergence between black and minority race groups.
  • At least three in 10 Coloured, Indian and white respondents now feel discriminated against by the government versus at least one in 10 black citizens.

Reportage Afrobaromètre Ireep, 2016, 01 mars avril sur l'électricité

Les coupures d’électricité rotatives peuvent défrayer la chronique; l’absence complète d'infrastructures électriques pas souvent. Tous ces deux phénomènes découlent du déficit en énergie électrique de l'Afrique, un obstacle important au développement humain et socio-économique avec des effets pernicieux sur la santé (imaginez des cliniques sans équipement de survie et sans médicaments et vaccins réfrigérés), l'éducation, la sécurité, et la croissance des entreprises.


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. 


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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.


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;

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.


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.