The Global Economic and Political Implications of the South African 2014 General Elections

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Introduction The year 2014 is an important year for South Africa. The first elections after the death of South African ex-president Nelson Mandela will take place and after twenty years of democracy, the world will be watching us again. The world holds much interest in the economy and politics of South Africa as was discussed in Appendix A and Appendix B and it is safe to assume that the world is a stakeholder in the politics and economy of South Africa. The purpose of this essay is to explore the world’s stake in South Africa, its nature and what implications the 2014 elections has on it. I will be exploring the South African mining industry by looking at the current platinum strikes and its implications on foreign investors. I will be…show more content…
Introduction The year 2014 is an important year for South Africa. The first elections after the death of South African ex-president Nelson Mandela will take place and after twenty years of democracy, the world will be watching us again. The world holds much interest in the economy and politics of South Africa as was discussed in Appendix A and Appendix B and it is safe to assume that the world is a stakeholder in the politics and economy of South Africa. The purpose of this essay is to explore the world’s stake in South Africa, its nature and what implications the 2014 elections has on it. I will be exploring the South African mining industry by looking at the current platinum strikes and its implications on foreign investors. I will be showing the effects of the South African economy and politics on South Africa’s biggest import and export partner China. I will go further by examining the President’s state of the nation address with the purpose viewing South Africa’s plans regarding the recent strikes in the mining sector if any such plans exist. I will move on to discuss South Africa’s political standings overseas by looking at BRICS, South Africa’s contribution to BRICS and politics surrounding this relationship. Further to Appendix B regarding South Africa’s involvement in international trade agreement, I will be describing some of these agreements to further understand South Africa’s political and economic standings abroad. In Appendix B, I discussed South Africa’s

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