Tag: south africa

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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Kenya scores big in Beijing while South Africa faces new claims of rugby racism

Kenya scores big in Beijing while South Africa faces new claims of rugby racism

| September 1, 2015

(GIN)—Kenya claimed its first overall title—topping Jamaica and the U.S.—at the just-ended World Championships in Athletics held in Beijing. Kenya led the medal standing, picking up seven gold, six silver and three bronze. Jamaica was in second place with seven gold, two silver and three bronze followed by the U.S. winning six of each. Russia, […]

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South African Women’s Day highlights need for more change

South African Women’s Day highlights need for more change

| August 11, 2015

(GIN)—Recognition of the indispensable role played by women in defeating apartheid was the focus of countless speeches, film showings and even fashion shows as the country paused this week for National Women’s Day, a public holiday. Women’s Affairs Minister Susan Shabangu kicked off the activities with a speech on Pan African Women’s Day, celebrated on […]

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U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

U.S. presidents barely know Africa, reporter finds

| July 28, 2015

(GIN)—Somebody had to do it. With President Obama reported to be breaking a record in visits to African countries, someone had to ask: “How many presidents have visited Africa while in office? And where exactly have they gone?” A Washington Post blogger popped the question. And, the answers were pitiful. Before Obama’s current trip, American […]

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U.S. should not pressure Africa to embrace same-sex unions

U.S. should not pressure Africa to embrace same-sex unions

| July 16, 2015

By Lekan Oguntoyinbo NNPA Columnist Over a picture of two bearded tuxedo-clad men kissing, a Nigerian-born acquaintance of mine posted the following on Facebook: “May I, my children, grandchildren and great-grandchildren never be part of this abominable act.” A short piece that’s been particularly popular among English-speaking Africans on social media for months, reads: “(Whites), […]

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South Africa loses ‘chicken war’ with U.S., opening way to cheap imports

South Africa loses ‘chicken war’ with U.S., opening way to cheap imports

| June 30, 2015

(GIN)–The reauthorization of the African Growth and Opportunity Act will open the floodgates for U.S. chicken parts and undercut South Africa’s domestic industry with cheaper cuts of meat, local chicken producers fear. AGOA, as the trade pact is known, was just reauthorized after South Africa agreed to remove “anti-dumping” protectionist tariffs in place since 2000. […]

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Charleston church shooting sparks debate on race in South Africa

Charleston church shooting sparks debate on race in South Africa

| June 23, 2015

(GIN)–South Africa’s old guard of separatist whites who supported the racist policy of apartheid have been reading with interest about Dylann Roof, accused assassin in the deaths of nine churchgoers at the Mother Emanuel Church in Charleston, South Carolina. The right-wing Front National party was quoted to say that the photo of shooting suspect Roof, […]

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Cuban Five, freed from U.S. jails, welcomed in South Africa

Cuban Five, freed from U.S. jails, welcomed in South Africa

| June 23, 2015

(GIN)—Five former Cuban intelligence officers, known here as the Cuban Five, arrived in Johannesburg this week, for a visit expressing gratitude for support during their imprisonment in the U.S. “South Africa welcomes to its shores the five Cuban national heroes, namely, Gerardo Hernandez, Ramón Labañino, Fernando Gonzalez, Antonio Guerrero and René Gonzalez,” said Department of […]

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Day of the African child to spotlight child marriages

Day of the African child to spotlight child marriages

| June 16, 2015

(GIN)—On the Day of the African Child—June 16—the African Union estimated that 58 million young women in developing countries will  have been married off before their 18th birthday. At the present trend, by 2020, 143 million girls would be married before age 18, an average of 14.2 million girls every single year. In South Africa, […]

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