Tag: south africa

Dogs eat better than 1 million children

Dogs eat better than 1 million children

| July 27, 2014

By Julianne Malveaux NNPA Columnist The South African charity Feed a Child (http://www.feedachild.co.za/) chose to highlight child poverty in South Africa by portraying a little black boy being fed like a dog by a seemingly affluent white woman. In the ad, the boy has his head on the woman’s lap, at her feet, on his […]

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Black South Africans get new chance to seek redress for stolen land

Black South Africans get new chance to seek redress for stolen land

(GIN)—South Africa will restart the claims process that provides compensation to black families who were illegally removed from their land during white rule. The window for those claims had been shut 16 years ago. In a published statement, President Jacob Zuma assented to the Restitution of Land Rights Amendment Act, which among other things reopens […]

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Mandela revival appears in books, films

Mandela revival appears in books, films

| June 25, 2014

(GIN)—Since the Long Walk to Freedom, the book and the movie, the life of Nelson Mandela continues to inspire a generation of writers and filmmakers. Now, on the heels of “Madiba A to Z,” a book by Danny Schechter in the U.S. and “Nelson Mandela: The Myth and Me,” a film by Khalo Matabane of […]

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War resisters group holds first African confab in Cape Town

War resisters group holds first African confab in Cape Town

| June 14, 2014

(GIN)—War Resisters’ International, founded in 1921 by conscientious objectors to the First World War, will hold their first conference in South Africa from July 4 to July 8. Conference organizers plan to draw attention to the great cost to Africa of the global arms trade which prompted a report by Oxfam International titled “Africa’s Missing […]

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South African miners in historic strike stand firm on pay demand

South African miners in historic strike stand firm on pay demand

| June 12, 2014

(GIN)—South African miners are holding out for a living wage in the longest strike against mining companies in the country’s history. A June 9 deadline set by the government was reached without progress and the talks collapsed. The two sides are far apart on the wage issue with the Association of Miners and Construction Union […]

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African Union to campaign against child marriages

African Union to campaign against child marriages

(GIN)—The West African nation of Niger has one of the highest rates of child marriage. About a quarter of all girls are married by 15 and on the road to child-bearing. That rises to nearly 80 percent by the age of 18. Prominent clerics in Niger staunchly defend the practice. Sheikh Abbas Yahaya at the […]

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South African short stories writer to be reburied after long exile

South African short stories writer to be reburied after long exile

(GIN)—A ruling by the U.S. Supreme Court may decide the final resting place for Ndazana Nathaniel Nakasa, a South African short story writer, now buried in Ferndale Cemetery, Queens, NY. Born May 2, 1937 in Lusikisiki, Eastern Cape, he moved to Johannesburg to work as a journalist for Drum magazine. He was the first black […]

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South Africans return Madiba’s party to lead nation

South Africans return Madiba’s party to lead nation

(GIN)—In a closely watched election, South Africans turned out a decisive “vote for the party,” giving the African National Congress – the party of Mandela – another five years at the nation’s helm. Despite a recent scandal over costly improvements charged to the taxpayer for the private residence of President Jacob Zuma, the former liberation […]

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South African Freedom Day marked by celebration as election nears

South African Freedom Day marked by celebration as election nears

(GIN)—Nationwide celebration on April 27 marked Freedom Day in South Africa. The day marks the 20th anniversary of elections in which all citizens were able to take part. Voters that day sent Nelson Mandela to the presidency with a resounding win that helped end the reign of white supremacists in a system known as apartheid. […]

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South African who fought toxic waste dumping wins major ‘green’ prize

South African who fought toxic waste dumping wins major ‘green’ prize

By Alessandra Scipione (GIN)—South African activist Desmond D’sa has been awarded the 2014 Goldman Environmental Prize. D’Sa, a community leader  and co-founder of  the South Durban Community Environmental Alliance in 1996, campaigned against toxic waste dumping in South Durban, a poor but highly industrialized area, finally successfully obtaining the closure of the chemical dump. In […]

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