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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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