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Party of Mandela gets beating from voters

Party of Mandela gets beating from voters

| August 9, 2016

(GIN)—It was a long night for the African National Congress party faithful as a popular revolt in the cities of Tshwane (Pretoria) and Port Elizabeth upended the ANC’s long-held power base in those two key municipalities. The ANC was beaten in working-class “black township” areas such as Mamelodi in Tshwane, and Motherwell in Port Elizabeth. […]

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Party of Mandela hears calls for change

Party of Mandela hears calls for change

| August 2, 2016

(GIN)—This week’s municipal polls will reveal the depth of disenchantment with the historic African National Congress. Massive unemployment, failing basic services and corruption have fueled discontent among the ANC’s stalwart base of support. Some voters will be pulling the lever for a different party this week in what was long inconceivable—to abandon the party of […]

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South African leaders insists ‘we are not for sale’

South African leaders insists ‘we are not for sale’

| March 29, 2016

(GIN)—South Africans are rising up against the outsized influence of corporate entities and wealthy individuals allegedly doling out contracts and jobs within the ANC. Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, at a recent event, rebutted the charge, declaring the ANC was not for sale and anyone who wanted to capture the state should “go next door.” Speaking […]

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Anxious ANC elders fear party ‘drifting from its ideals’

Anxious ANC elders fear party ‘drifting from its ideals’

| March 22, 2016

(GIN)—The usual celebrations marking Human Rights Day on March 21 were upstaged this year by an epic scandal that has shaken the party at its highest level. Little else has captured the attention of South Africa’s citizens over the past weeks as much as the story of government job peddling by wealthy friends of the […]

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Pricey upgrades to South African leader’s villa will be repaid

Pricey upgrades to South African leader’s villa will be repaid

| February 9, 2016

(GIN)—A protracted battle over pricey upgrades to the country estate of President Jacob Zuma—charged to the national treasury—appears close to settlement. In an about-face, President Zuma has agreed to pay back state money for some of the upgrades. The president was scheduled to appear this week before South Africa’s Constitutional Court on the issue. Two […]

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South African union shaken by member flight

South African union shaken by member flight

| February 9, 2016

(GIN)—An ill wind of layoffs, company closings and unpopular labor reforms are taking a toll on South Africa’s once powerful labor movement. Membership in the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has slumped from a peak of 2.19 million four years ago to 1.8 million, following the expulsion of its largest affiliate, the National […]

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On ANC anniversary day, resurgence of hate speech noted

On ANC anniversary day, resurgence of hate speech noted

| January 12, 2016

(GIN)—President Jacob Zuma delivered the annual Jan. 8 address marking the birth of the African National Congress movement launched in 1912. Speaking at the Royal Bafokeng Stadium in Rustenburg, he opened with some ANC history: “We are celebrating that which brings us together as South Africans—the ANC and its undying commitment to this country and […]

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China wows African leaders at confab in Johannesburg

China wows African leaders at confab in Johannesburg

| December 9, 2015

(GIN)—At the recently concluded Forum on Africa and China Cooperation, Chinese President Xi Jinping appeared to be everywhere—shaking hands, holding one on ones, watching cultural shows and last but not least, approving generous grants. As the conference in Johannesburg drew to a close, 48 African countries had received pledges, promises and development deals from Asia’s […]

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South African students win school fees cancellation victory

South African students win school fees cancellation victory

| October 27, 2015

(GIN)—In an official response from President Jacob Zuma to massive student protests, the proposed 10 perce t hike in school fees has been cancelled for 2016. It was a major victory for students after protests which began this fall caused the shutdowns of 15 universities. “We agreed that there will be a zero increase in […]

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South African Women’s Day highlights need for more change

South African Women’s Day highlights need for more change

| August 11, 2015

(GIN)—Recognition of the indispensable role played by women in defeating apartheid was the focus of countless speeches, film showings and even fashion shows as the country paused this week for National Women’s Day, a public holiday. Women’s Affairs Minister Susan Shabangu kicked off the activities with a speech on Pan African Women’s Day, celebrated on […]

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