South Africa

By IAfrica
In South Africa
Oct 23rd, 2014
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They came for Oarabile Motlaleng at 3:06am on 11 September. A few hours later, a neighbour found him in a ditch outside his house – naked, bloodied and left for dead. Motlaleng is running for a council seat in a poor suburb in south Gaborone, under the banner of the opposition Botswana Congress...
By IAfrica
In South Africa
Oct 23rd, 2014
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It may be very difficult for most people – especially those not paying close attention to the up-close, granular effects of racial and ethnic identity in American politics – to see much of a link between Cuban doctors, the Ebola epidemic and US elections, but it is there – if you lo...
By IAfrica
In South Africa
Oct 23rd, 2014
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Laughter feeds off laughter, and while a comic will give us the same patter and jokes and perhaps stick to the same delivery style, there’s a vast difference when you’re playing to a lively crowd. The audience for Funnier Than Them at Sandton’s very elegant theatre wasn’t bad,...
By IAfrica
In South Africa
Oct 23rd, 2014
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There was time when all professional journalists were required to begin their careers in the country’s courts. Apart from providing a wealth of stories that reflected the more sensational aspects of society, court duty teaches journalists patience, accuracy, how to procure documents and, more i...
By IAfrica
In South Africa
Oct 23rd, 2014
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As Numsa general secretary Irwin Jim emerged from Cosatu House on Thursday night, uttering what is now the tired refrain of “Numsa remains an affiliate of Cosatu”, you could be forgiven for thinking it was Groundhog Day. We’ve all been here before. Six months ago, back before the Ma...
By IAfrica
In South Africa
Oct 23rd, 2014
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On Wednesday, when community leaders told Ntombi Mpozolo, 26, and dozens of her neighbours to move out of their shacks in anticipation of receiving new houses, they were happy to oblige. Mpozolo’s section of Langa’s Joe Slovo informal settlement borders the newly completed Phase 3 of the ...
By IAfrica
In South Africa
Oct 23rd, 2014
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Crosses from wood. Markers from stone. Some decorated with plastic flowers, others displaying photographs of the dead. Roadside memorials marking the locations of fatal traffic accidents have become a common sight in South Africa, as in other parts of the world. Suppose a roadside memorial was t...
By IAfrica
In South Africa
Oct 22nd, 2014
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Back in the late 1970s, the author and his family lived in Surabaya, Indonesia. That city was (and still is, of course) a very big town and it had been the big time for so many of Joseph Conrad’s novelistic protagonists back in the 19thcentury. Nevertheless, Surabaya was pretty much at the end ...
By IAfrica
In South Africa
Oct 22nd, 2014
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At the end of this year, when almanacs are cobbled together, annuals are written and awards for sportspeople of the year are bestowed, you can guarantee that cricket administration will be tarred with one thick and filthy brush. The year is not even over yet, but already it has been one of the worst ...
By IAfrica
In South Africa
Oct 22nd, 2014
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There are signs of widespread erosion of trust in decision-making in key institutions. This week the granting of medical parole came into the spotlight. The only person convicted of murdering Anni Dewani – Xolile Mngeni – died in prison. Doctors diagnosed a brain tumour in 2011 and found ...