South African Affairs

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South African Affairs In today's world, everything moves at an extreme pace. Countries are trying to become global powers in the business world. Globalization is the topic of international affairs, and it is either having a positive or negative effect on developing nations. Globalization can be defined as, "the integration of economic, cultural, political, religious, and social systems through international and localization. (Dictionary)" A country that is being effect by these trends is South Africa. South Africa has many different problems including AIDS and HIV, nontariff trade barriers, and also finding skilled workers to help with the demand of a growing business environment. All of these topics are having serious effects on how South Africa's economy is being run. South Africa has a serious problem when it comes to AIDS and HIV. This disease is a killer and is feared throughout the world. When you are diagnosed with this disease, it is all but a death sentence. South Africa will continue to be one of the countries worsted affected by the HIV/AIDS pandemic. According to UNAIDS 2006 Global AIDS report, "39.5 million people in the world have HIV and 28 million of them live in South Africa." With such a large number of individuals affected by this horrible disease it is having a serious effect on the population of the area due to so many deaths caused by AIDS and HIV. An industry that is being impacted by the AIDS virus is the construction industry in particular. With the large impacts of deaths in the industry it is limiting the production level. In South Africa the construction industry is rapidly growing due the growth of new businesses coming into the area and also all the new workers coming in from different area of the world looking for housing. The construction sector is vulnerable to this AIDS epidemic and there is no statistics showing how much this is affecting the economy. "While inward migration from neighboring country populations in search of economic opportunities will continue to bolster its workforce, it will take another generation, until about 2030, before the damage caused by HIV/AIDS starts to fade. (ten year growth rate)" Nontariff trade barriers are becoming a concern economically for South Africa. A recent study of how nontariff trade barriers are affecting South Africa was commissioned by the South African Institute for International Affairs. Gregory Mthembu-Slater an independent economist and political analyst

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