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South African miners in near-death fire as investors eye profits

South African miners in near-death fire as investors eye profits

| February 25, 2015

(GIN)—An early morning fire swept through the Kusasalethu gold mine, southwest of Johannesberg, trapping close to 500 workers on a Sunday shift. The miners were more than 7,500 feet underground when the incident was reported. Three underground fires were reported in October last year and at least one two-week mine closure. Prayers were said and […]

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New African poetry finds voice on the Web

New African poetry finds voice on the Web

| February 19, 2015

(GIN)–From the pages of private notebooks or the dog-eared copies of rare published editions, the works of modern African poets are emerging with great fanfare thanks to a dedicated handful of writers and teachers building a network of libraries and websites on the internet. The South African Badilisha Poetry X-change is one such group which […]

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On eve of highly-watched Africa Cup, mass confusion

On eve of highly-watched Africa Cup, mass confusion

| January 5, 2015

(GIN)–With days to spare before the opening of the Africa Cup of Nations soccer tournament, it might be reasonable to ask “who’s on first?” The host of the games, Equatorial Guinea, just dismissed its coach two weeks before it faces Congo Brazzaville in the tournament opener. The Equatorial Guinea Football Federation fired Spanish coach Andoni Goikoetxea […]

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South Africa cracks down on Zimbabweans without papers

South Africa cracks down on Zimbabweans without papers

| January 5, 2015

(GIN)–Solidarity between South Africa and Zimbabwe seems frayed if not torn as deportations are threatened for thousands of Zimbabwean nationals eking out a living in the more prosperous country to the south. Officials say more than 200,000 Zimbabweans have applied for documents to allow them to remain in South Africa. The deadline expired on Dec. […]

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South African hostage killed by special ops in rescue mix-up

South African hostage killed by special ops in rescue mix-up

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–A South African teacher was killed by U.S. Special Forces in a botched raid on an Al Qaeda hideout just hours before his release in a swap brokered by the South African charity Gift of the Givers. On their website, the relief organization wrote: “We received with sadness the news that Pierre was killed in […]

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Women join hands around world in 16 days of activism

Women join hands around world in 16 days of activism

| December 10, 2014

(GIN)–Women around the world are taking part in 16 Days of Activism Against Gender Violence, an international campaign originating from the first Women’s Global Leadership Institute sponsored by the Center for Women’s Global Leadership at Rutgers University in New Jersey in 1991. Participants chose the dates, Nov. 25, International Day Against Violence Against Women and […]

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Expulsion of ANC union partner creates uproar

Expulsion of ANC union partner creates uproar

| November 25, 2014

(GIN)–The union of metalworkers, a major partner of the African National Congress with more 350,000 members, was expelled in a late night session of members of the Congress of South Africa Trade Unions (Cosatu)—the labor federation of the ANC. The unprecedented expulsion was approved by a select federation committee. Numsa, a militant activist union, was […]

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South Africa veep orders eviction freeze, angering white landowners

South Africa veep orders eviction freeze, angering white landowners

| November 11, 2014

(GIN)–Announcing an immediate ban on legal and illegal farm evictions, Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa set off a firestorm among the mostly white commercial farmers from the fertile Western Cape who threatened retaliation. Ramaphosa announced the freeze after an hours-long meeting with agricultural and farm labor representatives from the area. The talks are part of a […]

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South Africa rejects light sentence for ‘Blade Runner,’ prepares appeal

South Africa rejects light sentence for ‘Blade Runner,’ prepares appeal

| October 30, 2014

(GIN)—South African prosecutors announced plans this week to appeal the conviction and sentence given to athlete Oscar Pistorius for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp, in what was ruled “culpable homicide.” Judge Thokozile Masipa also disappointed close watchers of the trial when she gave the Olympian runner a three year suspended sentence for discharging a firearm […]

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‘Blade Runner’s’ fate on manslaughter charge to be decided soon

‘Blade Runner’s’ fate on manslaughter charge to be decided soon

| October 19, 2014

(GIN)–Prosecution lawyers in the case of South Africa Paralympian Oscar Pistorius are said to be seeking a 15 year jail sentence for the famed athlete who was acquitted of murder but convicted of culpable homicide or negligent killing in the death of his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp. Motor accident cases involving negligence and multiple deaths have […]

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