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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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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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Health experts at major AIDS confab cite new infection surge

Health experts at major AIDS confab cite new infection surge

| July 20, 2016

(GIN)—A massive turnout of activists, delegates, doctors and public health experts is settling in for this year’s International AIDS Conference in Durban, South Africa, where the good news is better survival rates thanks to life-saving medications. People living with HIV will be among the more than 18,000 attendees and will figure prominently in many of […]

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South Africa unsettled by U.S. warning of imminent terror attacks

South Africa unsettled by U.S. warning of imminent terror attacks

(GIN)—South Africans were shocked this week to learn that a U.S. travel alert, issued Saturday, predicted a likely attack by terrorist groups at upscale shopping areas and malls in Johannesburg and Cape Town, and had warned Americans to take measures. There had been no such warning from South African authorities. State Security Minister David Mahlobo […]

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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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