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Africa Day: Could stronger public support move regional integration for Africa from rhetoric to reality? For advocates of regional integration as a path toward economic and political power for Africa, Afrobarometer’s latest survey findings suggest that many citizens still need to be convinced of the benefits of integration. Read more
Travel across borders for work and trade not an easy for Swazis A large majority of Swazis (68%) support free movement across borders particularly for work and trade but significantly about a third (30%) were in favour of limiting movement across borders, according to the most recent Afrobarometer survey held in... Read more
Majority of Swazi’s of the opinion that political parties are divisive and therefore unnecessary Two out of three Swazis were of the opinion that political parties were divisive and therefore not necessary in Swaziland’s democracy. Only (31%) felt that they should exist in order to give them choice when selecting candidates during elections,... Read more
As South Africa’s local elections approach, public confidence underpins a system in turmoil South Africa’s fourth democratic local government elections in August 2016 will be a test for the long-ruling but troubled African National Congress (ANC), for opposition parties hoping to claim some major cities, for an Independent Electoral Commission... Read more
In South Africa, trust in political leaders plunges to near-record low Citizens who trust their government are more willing to listen and render support to government policies aimed at improving the country (Government Communication and Information System, 2014). Read more
Fewer South Africans say opposition parties should focus on monitoring and criticising the government The proportion of South Africans who say that “opposition parties should monitor and criticize the government in order to hold it accountable” has been decreasing since 2008. Read more
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. Read more
South Africans report racial discrimination by employers and courts April 15 marked the 20th anniversary of the first hearings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC), which sought “to provide for the investigation and the establishment of as complete a picture as possible of the nature, causes and extent of... Read more
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. Read more
South Africans rate current political system far better than apartheid but report little change in socioeconomic conditions Since South Africa’s transition from apartheid to democracy in 1994, the government’s development plans have focused on redressing racial inequalities in socioeconomic outcomes. Read more

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