Tag: south africa

Church leaders defend ‘Public Protector’ vilified over Zuma report

Church leaders defend ‘Public Protector’ vilified over Zuma report

| September 10, 2014

(GIN)—A blizzard of brickbats, insults and other aspersions aimed at South Africa’s Public Protector assigned to investigate the taxpayer-financed country estate of President Jacob Zuma, have roused the Diakonia Council of Churches, a social justice faith-based group, which this week came to her defense in an open letter. The council said it wished there were […]

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Greenpeace takes aim at South Africa’s Eskom over airborne killer coal dust

Greenpeace takes aim at South Africa’s Eskom over airborne killer coal dust

| September 10, 2014

(GIN)—Environmental activists at Greenpeace Africa have launched a global campaign to block efforts by Eskom, South Africa’s public power utility, to release more polluting coal dust in the air. The dust has been linked to an uptick in premature deaths now estimated at 2,700 every year. Greenpeace is pushing its campaign in the wake of […]

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Special treatment for whites led to Marikana bloodbath, inquiry told

Special treatment for whites led to Marikana bloodbath, inquiry told

| August 21, 2014

(GIN)–A commission hearing testimony on last year’s deadly miners’ strike, heard that white employees at the Lonmin mine got preferential treatment at the expense of their black counterparts, provoking anger and resentment. “There is still segregation in the mines based on race,” rockdrill operator Shadrack Zandisile Mtshamba told the commission in Pretoria. “All white people […]

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French firm loses bid to own Africa’s ‘Roobios’ trademark

French firm loses bid to own Africa’s ‘Roobios’ trademark

| August 1, 2014

(GIN)—South African tea planters won a major victory over European and U.S. tea dealers this week. They defeated efforts by a French firm to gain control of the name “Rooibos”—a popular tea that grows in South Africa—by trademarking it abroad. Under the agreement, Rooibos, which means “red bush” in Afrikaans, will refer to tea grown […]

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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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