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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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Gas, oil draw hungry frackers to Southern Africa

Gas, oil draw hungry frackers to Southern Africa

| December 15, 2015

(GIN)—The Kgalagadi Transfrontier Peace Park is a rich ecosystem where one finds the gemsbok desert antelope, black-maned Kalahari lions and pygmy falcons. It’s known far and wide for its breathtaking wilderness, wildlife and rest camps. Welcome to the new home of gas exploration and fracking. Last year, natural gas frackers from the UK—Karoo Energy formerly […]

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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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Climate confab will be ‘a walkover for polluters,’ Nigerian activists warn

Climate confab will be ‘a walkover for polluters,’ Nigerian activists warn

| November 10, 2015

(GIN)—The upcoming climate talks in Paris—opening Nov. 30—are already firing up climate activists who fear it will do little to avert climate disaster. Nigerian environmentalist Nnimmo Bassey questioned the confab’s lofty goals when it was empowering corporations at the same time. “It’s another walkover for polluters,” he said dismissively. “The outcome is already known,” said […]

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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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All female anti-poaching team acclaimed for saving lives

All female anti-poaching team acclaimed for saving lives

| September 29, 2015

(GIN)—Saving the rhinos was probably farthest from the imagination of Collet Ngobeni and Felicia Mogakane when they were making their career choices. Yet an offer to join South Africa’s first all-female anti-poaching team won them over instantly. Ngobeni, 30, and Mogakane, 27, are two of the original members of the 24-strong Black Mambas, a group […]

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Nations using child soldiers among guests at UK arms fair

Nations using child soldiers among guests at UK arms fair

| September 15, 2015

(GIN)—One of the world’s largest arms bazaars opened at London’s Docklands this week and invitees to this “gala” affair included some of the most disgraced authoritarian regimes worldwide. War makers and human rights violators Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Angola and Algeria are among 61 countries coming to the Defense and Security Equipment International (DSEI) biennial event. […]

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