Tag: south africa

Zuma’s mining charter—a step up or two steps back for black empowerment

Zuma’s mining charter—a step up or two steps back for black empowerment

| June 29, 2017

(GIN)—BEE. The initials stand for Black Economic Empowerment and the prospect thrilled many South Africans who had seen the wealth of their nation drained away during years of oppressive white rule. Under the codes of BEE, set forth in 2007, the government pledged to redress apartheid’s economic disparities to ensure broader and meaningful participation for […]

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Orders to release white farmers accused in murder of black boy sparks riot

Orders to release white farmers accused in murder of black boy sparks riot

(GIN)—Two South African white farmers accused of causing the death of a 16 year old black teen accused of stealing sunflowers were granted bail and released, sparking a wave of protests that were met with police violence. Anger erupted in the maize producing town of Coligny, North West, after residents learned of the decision on […]

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South Africa must ‘decolonize’ its schools, officials agree

South Africa must ‘decolonize’ its schools, officials agree

| March 28, 2017

(GIN)—Officials of South Africa’s Department of Basic Education told Parliament this week that it’s time to decolonize the school curriculum. Suren Govender, the chief director for curriculum, said the subject came up during a review of the schools’ progress report. “For example, the way in which history has been written suggests that (David) Livingstone discovered […]

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South Africa seeks legal change to allow taking white-owned land

South Africa seeks legal change to allow taking white-owned land

| March 22, 2017

(GIN)—President Jacob Zuma finally addressed the long-unresolved matter of land reform, a demand of thousands of black landless people whose properties were confiscated in the Apartheid era. In his State of the Nation address, President Zuma pledged to break up white ownership of business and land to reduce inequality. He called on parliament to change […]

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Tornado-like winds abort Zuma’s Reconciliation Day address

Tornado-like winds abort Zuma’s Reconciliation Day address

| December 20, 2016

(GIN)—President Jacob Zuma, at the annual Reconciliation Day event in Gopane, region of the North West, had to be rushed out of the venue as tornado-like winds lifted the stage and tent into the air in one terrifying moment. The president had just begun to deliver a prepared address about the history of National Reconciliation […]

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African geologists warn of possible ‘Fukushima’ at site of proposed nuclear reactor

African geologists warn of possible ‘Fukushima’ at site of proposed nuclear reactor

| December 1, 2016

(GIN)—Geologists at the Africa Earth Observatory Network fear that a nuclear power station built over canyons in bedrock, as proposed by South Africa’s state-owned utility Eskom, is at risk of deadly surge storms and tsunamis—not unlike those triggered by the meltdown at the Japanese plant in Fukushima. Eskom disputes the findings. “If you’re going to […]

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Opposition rebuffs ANC plans to withdraw from global court

Opposition rebuffs ANC plans to withdraw from global court

| October 25, 2016

(GIN)—South Africa has taken the first steps toward withdrawing the country’s membership in the Hague-based International Criminal Court (ICC) but it faces a tough fight from the Democratic Alliance (DA), the country’s major opposition party. Parliamentarian James Selfe, a leading member of the DA’s legal affairs group, slammed the move which he said occurred before […]

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South African teen wins Google prize using orange peel against drought

South African teen wins Google prize using orange peel against drought

| October 4, 2016

(GIN)—The grand prize winner at this year’s Google science fair was a 16 year old South African schoolgirl who earned a full scholarship for her project “No More Thirsty Crops” aimed at ending the country’s punishing drought. Kiara Nirghin bested students from around the world with her project that transformed simple orange peels into a […]

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Winnie Mandela—called an ‘everlasting beauty’—turns 80

Winnie Mandela—called an ‘everlasting beauty’—turns 80

| September 20, 2016

(GIN)—Winnie Madikizela-Mandela reached octogenarian status this month and marked it at a celebratory party surrounded by top officials, musicians and family members. She shared her special day with well-wishers at the renowned Belmond Mount Nelson Hotel in Cape Town last Wednesday. Among the guests were first lady Bongi Ngema-Zuma, Winnie’s daughter Zindzi Mandela, Julius Malema […]

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Four years since ‘Marikana Massacre,’ new charges rock British mining giant

Four years since ‘Marikana Massacre,’ new charges rock British mining giant

| August 16, 2016

(GIN)—Prayers are being said this week for 34 men, employees of the UK mining company Lonmin, who were fatally shot Aug. 16, 2012 during a strike and protest action over pay and conditions at the Marikana platinum mine. The shootings, by the South African Police Service, unleashed a national crisis. A Commission, appointed by President […]

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