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  • Coughing up for Gold: The Human Face

    By Mark | April 8, 2014

    Read the original article in the Daily Maverick

    By Rebecca Davis

    Twala lives in Qunu, the village in South Africa’s Eastern Cape which raised the country’s most famous citizen. The sprawling property at which Nelson Mandela spent much of his retirement lies only a few kilometres down the hill from Twala’s home. But the promise of a better life for which Mandela fought has not been experienced by Twala, or countless others in this impoverished province. Read the rest of this entry »

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    TUC condemns arrest of trade union lawyer in Swaziland

    By Mark | March 25, 2014

    TUC General Secretary Frances O’Grady has joined trade union leaders from around the world in condemning the arrest in Swaziland of trade union lawyer Thulani Maseko. In her letter to the Swaziland High Commissioner in London, O’Grady argues that the detention of Maseko by armed police officers on 17 March contravenes Read the rest of this entry »

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    Swaziland: editor and human rights lawyer jailed for articles criticising judiciary

    By Katharine | March 19, 2014

    Source: Amnesty International

    The men have been charged with criminal contempt of court over articles that questioned judicial independence in Swaziland.

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    The Anti-Apartheid Movement goes online: a unique archive of the struggle

    By Katharine | March 13, 2014

    Source: The Guardian

    Campaigners in South Africa and Britain look back at the movement’s long and often bitter fight with the help of a moving new web archive chronicling its history.

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    Zimbabwe: Mugabe is 90 on 21 February and has ruled Zimbabwe for 33 years

    By Mark | February 20, 2014

    What the papers say

    Robert Mugabe’s lavish 90th birthday plans decried as Zimbabwe struggles

    Source: The Guardian

    Costly celebration, criticised as cultism and hero worship, comes at a time of heavy job losses and slowing economic growth.

    Plans for a lavish $1m (£600,000) celebration of Zimbabwean president Robert Mugabe’s 90th birthday have been condemned as the country lurches towards another financial crisis.

    The tribute to Africa’s oldest head of state – and second oldest in the world after Israel’s Shimon Peres – is expected to surpass last year’s party, when special gold coins were minted and Mugabe was presented with a cake said to weigh Read the rest of this entry »

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    Robin Hood Tax: New Bill Nighy Film

    By Mark | February 18, 2014

    The Robin Hood Tax is a tiny tax on banks that could give billions to tackle poverty and climate change

    Over 635,000 people have so far leant their voice to make the European Robin Hood Tax the tax we deserve. And with the support of some special friends, the campaign is looking to make the call a Read the rest of this entry »

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    Zimbabwe: EU only Mugabe and his wife remain on travel ban as measures on eight others suspended

    By Mark | February 17, 2014

    Source: Mail and Guardian

    The European Union suspended sanctions on eight of Zimbabwe’s most powerful military and political figures on Monday, but kept them on President Robert Mugabe and his Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: National and Provincial elections to take place on 7 May 2014

    By Mark | February 7, 2014

    Source: The Presidency of South Africa

    Statement by His Excellency President Jacob Zuma announcing the date for the fifth General Elections in South Africa

    Fellow South Africans,

    The electoral term of the present government will come to an end on the Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: At least eight dead in South African gold mine accident

    By Katharine | February 6, 2014

    Source: Reuters

    Rescuers recovered eight bodies and continued to search for another missing worker on Thursday after a fire and rock-fall at a Harmony Gold mine near Johannesburg, the worst Read the rest of this entry »

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    South Africa: Nine gold miners trapped after fire in mine

    By admin | February 5, 2014

    Source: BBC

    Rescue workers in South Africa are trying to free nine miners still trapped underground after a fire at Doornkop mine west of Johannesburg.

    Eight other miners have successfully been brought to the surface, the mine owners Harmony Gold said.

    “Efforts continue to establish the whereabouts of a further Read the rest of this entry »

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