As predicted by many analysts at the beginning of the pandemic, South Africa is the country most affected by the SARS-COV-2 virus in Africa. The good news is that the “Rainbow Nation” is the African country with the most testing facilities and the best-equipped hospitals across the continent. As of April 07 2020, South Africa had 1,686 confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus disease, COVID-19, with more than 50,000 tests conducted since 5 March, when the country’s first case was confirmed.
This week’s national election in South Africa will be the sixth in country's history since the end of the apartheid regime in 1994. The last five years have been a politically turbulent time. President Jacob Zuma was forced to resign on the basis of corruption charges. In December 2017, the former anti-apartheid activist Cyril Ramaphosa – a favourite of Nelson Mandela's – was voted in as thkie new head of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).
It has been an exhilarating week for South Africa’s democracy. On Wednesday the 2nd of November, the country was glued to proceedings in the High Court, where the President was seeking to prevent the release of a report by the country’s Public Protector. Ultimately, with the odds stacked against him, the President withdrew his application at the last moment, and the court ordered the release of the report. Within hours, South African’s were scouring the report titled ‘State of Capture’.
La progressiva ascesa di importanza di potenze regionali nel mondo di oggi costituisce la conseguenza diretta della fine del bipolarismo ma anche della crescente globalizzazione di alcuni grandi elementi propulsivi della società contemporanea, come la finanza o l’innovazione tecnologica.