Tag: south africa

U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—Somebody had to do it. With President Obama reported to be breaking a record in visits to African countries, someone had to ask: “How many presidents have visited Africa while in office? And where exactly have they gone?” A Washington Post blogger popped the question. And, the answers were pitiful. Before Obama’s current trip, American […]

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U.S. should not pressure Africa to embrace same-sex unions

U.S. should not pressure Africa to embrace same-sex unions

| July 16, 2015

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist Over a picture of two bearded tuxedo-clad men kissing, a Nigerian-born acquaintance of mine posted the following on Facebook: “May I, my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren never be part of this abominable act.” A short piece that’s been particularly popular among English-speaking Africans on social media for months, reads: “(Whites), […]

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South Africa loses ‘chicken war’ with U.S., opening way to cheap imports

South Africa loses ‘chicken war’ with U.S., opening way to cheap imports

| June 30, 2015

(GIN)–The reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act will open the floodgates for U.S. chicken parts and undercut South Africa’s domestic industry with cheaper cuts of meat, local chicken producers fear. AGOA, as the trade pact is known, was just reauthorized after South Africa agreed to remove “anti-dumping” protectionist tariffs in place since 2000. […]

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Charleston church shooting sparks debate on race in South Africa

Charleston church shooting sparks debate on race in South Africa

| June 23, 2015

(GIN)–South Africa’s old guard of separatist whites who supported the racist policy of apartheid have been reading with interest about Dylann Roof, accused assassin in the deaths of nine churchgoers at the Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The right-wing Front National party was quoted to say that the photo of shooting suspect Roof, […]

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Cuban Five, freed from U.S. jails, welcomed in South Africa

Cuban Five, freed from U.S. jails, welcomed in South Africa

| June 23, 2015

(GIN)—Five former Cuban intelligence officers, known here as the Cuban Five, arrived in Johannesburg this week, for a visit expressing gratitude for support during their imprisonment in the U.S. “South Africa welcomes to its shores the five Cuban national heroes, namely, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramón Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and René Gonzalez,” said Department of […]

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Day of the African child to spotlight child marriages

Day of the African child to spotlight child marriages

| June 16, 2015

(GIN)—On the Day of the African Child—June 16—the African Union estimated that 58 million young women in developing countries will  have been married off before their 18th birthday. At the present trend, by 2020, 143 million girls would be married before age 18, an average of 14.2 million girls every single year. In South Africa, […]

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Convicted South African ‘Blade Runner’ to be granted early release

Convicted South African ‘Blade Runner’ to be granted early release

(GIN)–Oscar Pistorius, an Olympic and Paralympic champion convicted of killing his girlfriend during a sleepover, is scheduled for release 10 months into his five=year prison sentence, local media is reporting. News of the early release was first shared with the family of Reeva Steenkamp, Pistorius’ model girlfriend who he claimed to have mistaken for an […]

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South Africa admits $10 million payment to soccer group

South Africa admits $10 million payment to soccer group

| June 2, 2015 | Reply

(GIN)–A bribery and corruption scandal of international proportions broke open last week with the arrest of 14 officials of FIFA—a worldwide football/soccer association that most recently granted World Cup hosting rights to Russia and Qatar. While arrests, under the direction of Loretta E. Lynch, U.S. attorney general, went high up in the organization, the president, […]

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South African voters ‘in a bad mood’ over unemployment, corruption

South African voters ‘in a bad mood’ over unemployment, corruption

| May 28, 2015 | 1 Reply

(GIN)—Unemployment in South Africa is higher than at any time in the past 11 years—reaching 26.4 percent and almost double that for young people under 25 years of age. Joblessness, combined with lurid reports of corruption, have left voters discouraged and dismayed, according to an internal ANC election strategy document. The party will be facing […]

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Nigeria’s anti-corruption pledge resonates in far-off Zambia

Nigeria’s anti-corruption pledge resonates in far-off Zambia

| April 28, 2015

(GIN)–Nigeria’s president-elect is already making waves with his pledge to attack corruption, starting with the missing $20 billion allegedly swiped from the Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation during the previous administration. Muhammadu Buhari pledged to pursue the claim of former Central Bank governor, Lamido Sanusi, who was suspended last year by former president Goodluck Jonathan after […]

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