Tag: south africa

South African defense ministry defending hiring of Cuban workers

South African defense ministry defending hiring of Cuban workers

(GIN)—A growing number of Cuban technicians are working in South Africa, refurbishing infantry combat vehicles and South African Military (SAMIL) logistical transport vehicles of the South African National Defense Force (SANDF). Defense Secretary Sam Gulube, in a presentation before Parliament, defended hiring the Cuban workers, saying they had come to train the military to do […]

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Landmark victory for South African gold miners with lung disease

Landmark victory for South African gold miners with lung disease

(GIN)—For years, the dust in South Africa’s gold mines has been accumulating in the lungs of black miners, choking them with silicosis, tuberculosis and other fatal conditions. Yet courts there have refused to hear their cases as a class, forcing their legal teams to take them into the courtroom one by one. Now, in a […]

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Press freedom still a distant right in Africa

Press freedom still a distant right in Africa

(GIN)—At a U.N. sponsored conference in Helsinki last week, Unesco’s director general, Irina Bokova, described World Press Freedom Day as “one of the most inspiring moments on the global calendar…  a moment to shine light on the right to access and share information, and a moment to stand with all journalists to defend their safety.” […]

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Civil disobedience planned worldwide against fossil fuels

Civil disobedience planned worldwide against fossil fuels

(GIN)—The highly-touted Paris Climate talks last year were supposed to produce an agreement among the world’s nations to “keep the oil in the soil” and reduce global greenhouse emissions, thus avoiding the threat of dangerous climate change. Scientists warn that if greenhouse gas emissions continue to rise, the threshold will be passed beyond which global […]

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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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In 2015, hopes of ‘Africa Rising’ bese by global downturns

In 2015, hopes of ‘Africa Rising’ bese by global downturns

| December 29, 2015

(GIN)—This was the year African economies were poised to rise and invest some of their new-found capital in jobs and infrastructure. But, the triple threat of climate change, falling oil prices and ethnic strife has left some heads of state scrambling for alternative ways to fund their ambitious plans. Of the largest economies, South Africa […]

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Africa trip provides opportunity to talk about crucial cultural issues

Africa trip provides opportunity to talk about crucial cultural issues

| December 21, 2015

By Ann McGaw Special to Frost illustrated In September, I again was privileged to spend time in a number of African countries learning about the peoples and their cultures. My 45-day trip consisted of two parts: eastern Africa (Kenya and Tanzania) and southern Africa (South Africa, Botswana, Zambia and Zimbabwe). A very special event occurred […]

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