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Stories about South Africa

5 February 2014

8 Irresistible Food Blogs From Sub-Saharan Africa

Looking for a new recipe? Take a look at this sample of eight outstanding food blogs in Africa.

15 December 2013

The Fake Interpreter at Mandela's Memorial Service

The Mandela memorial sign-language interpreter, Thamsanqa Jantjie, didn’t use any known sign language. He is now known all over the world as the "Fake Interpreter".

12 December 2013

Nelson Mandela's Death: ‘Left Us in Body, But His Spirit Is Eternal’

"Mandela was about politics and he was about race and he was about freedom and he was even about force, and he did what he felt he had to do"

6 December 2013

17 Pieces of Wisdom from Nelson Mandela that Everyone Needs to Read

Nelson Mandela, South Africa's first black president, continues to speak to the world through Twitter users who have reacted to the news of his death by sharing his memorable quotes.

Chairman Mao Is Greater Than Nelson Mandela, Chinese Leftists Say

"I don't understand why India's Gandhi and South Africa's Mandela receive so much praise. Of course they were great, that's all. But Chairman Mao surpassed them all."

Nigerians Celebrate Nelson Mandela, ‘A Source of Inspiration for People’ Everywhere

Nelson Mandela, beloved statesman and Nobel Peace Prize laureate, died on December 5, 2013. Nigerians are celebrating the powerful legacy left behind by South Africa's first black president.

27 November 2013

Wealthy Tourists Can Now ‘Experience Poverty’ in Fake South African Slum

For 82 US dollars, you can "experience" poverty in a fake slum in South Africa, the only one in the world "equipped with under-floor heating and wireless Internet access".

26 November 2013

South Africa Doesn't Want You to See the President's Lavish House

The South African government has used $20 million to upgrade President Jacob Zuma's private residence. Government ministers have warned that anyone publishing photos of the home will be arrested.

18 October 2013

South Africa's Ruling Party #ProudlyBroughtByANC Campaign Flops

The campaign was a response to a billboard erected by the opposition poking fun at the electronic tolling system. The billboard reads: “E-tolls. Proudly brought to you by the ANC.”

18 September 2013

Will Madagascar's Upcoming Elections Solve the Island's Crisis?

Madagascar has suffered five political crises in four decades, with the island still reeling from its latest coup d'etat in 2009. Can elections finally pull the country out?

10 August 2013

Does a Malawian Herb Cure HIV? ‘Africa Check’ Knows the Answer

(The answer is no). The website sorts fact from fiction when it comes to claims about the African continent.

1 August 2013

Italian Appeals Court Upholds Guilty Verdict in Historic Eternit Asbestos Case

An appeals court in Turin, Italy has affirmed Swiss billionaire Stephan Schmidheiny, former owner of cement manufacturer Swiss Eternit Group, is responsible for nearly 3,000 asbestos-related deaths.

9 July 2013

Why Can't Madagascar Settle on an Election Date?

Four years since a military takeover plunged the country into political crisis, Madagascar has pushed presidential elections back again and again. What's the hold up, and who's benefiting from the...

4 July 2013

Did Obama's African Tour Help or Hurt?

US President Barack Obama has finished his six-day tour of three African countries, Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. During his visit, Obama announced a new initiative, “Power Africa”, to double...

Obama in Africa: Catching Up with China

President Obama is touring Africa from June 26 to July 3, 2013. He recently visited South Africa after visiting Senegal. After that, moving on to Tanzania. Many commentators believe this...

21 June 2013

Weather, Umpire or Poor Strategy to Blame in West Indies Cricket Elimination?

Caribbean cricket fans are still disappointed over the West Indies Cricket team's elimination from the 2013 Champions Trophy after they drew with South Africa (via the Duckworth-Lewis method) in their...

29 May 2013

VIDEO: How Two Men Worlds Apart Fought Injustice and Won

Mkhuseli "Khusta" Jack and Oscar Olivera led two different non violent civil resistance movements, one in South Africa in 1985, the other in Bolivia in 2000. A video produced in...

1 May 2013

‘Africa Is A Country’ Blog Challenges West's Idea of Africa

This isn't another blog about "famine, Bono, or Barack Obama," blog Africa is a Country warns in its description. We recently interviewed founder Sean Jacobs about how the blog is...

23 April 2013

Video: Shop Assistants Beat South African Woman Accused of Shoplifting

Mother of four Esther Mankge, 49, was filmed begging for mercy while two alleged staff members of a local shop in Limpopo, South Africa, were beating her with ropes, belts,...

19 February 2013

Pope’s Resignation Echoes in Africa

The announcement by Pope Benedict XVI of his intention to resign with effect from February 28, 2013 provoked many reactions in Francophone Africa, both in traditional media and on social...

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