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Feb 7, 2014

South Africa’s townships blaze with anti-ANC anger

HEBRON, South Africa (Reuters) – It has become an almost daily ritual in the townships ringing Johannesburg and Pretoria – disaffected youths burning tires, looting shops and throwing rocks in a furious demand for jobs, electricity and, increasingly, political change.

Police respond with everything from rubber bullets and live ammunition – nine people have been shot dead so far this year – to shrugs of the shoulders, reflecting the pressure on officers faced with a seemingly unending flow of black anger two decades after the end of apartheid.

Feb 6, 2014

At least eight dead in S.African gold mine accident

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 6 (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 accident in South Africa’s
mines in nearly five years.

Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu ordered an
investigation into the incident at the Doornkop mine, 30 km west
(20 miles) of the city, after initial reports that the fire was
triggered by a small earthquake on Tuesday evening.

Dec 16, 2013

Mandela gone, South Africa must look to itself

QUNU, South Africa (Reuters) – Only a few hours after Nelson Mandela’s burial, the skies over South Africa’s Eastern Cape grew dark as a storm rolled in, a powerful but, according to locals, positive omen for a young democracy deprived of its founding father.

Whereas in the West lowering clouds portend trouble, in traditional South African culture they are seen as a blessing, the bearers of rain and good fortune, especially at a funeral, where they signify an elder passing peacefully into the bosom of his ancestors.

Dec 16, 2013

Analysis: Mandela gone, South Africa must look to itself

QUNU, South Africa (Reuters) – Only a few hours after Nelson Mandela’s burial, the skies over South Africa’s Eastern Cape grew dark as a storm rolled in, a powerful but, according to locals, positive omen for a young democracy deprived of its founding father.

Whereas in the West lowering clouds portend trouble, in traditional South African culture they are seen as a blessing, the bearers of rain and good fortune, especially at a funeral, where they signify an elder passing peacefully into the bosom of his ancestors.

Dec 16, 2013

South Africa buries ‘greatest son’ Mandela

QUNU, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa buried Nelson Mandela on Sunday, leaving the multi-racial democracy he founded without its living inspiration and still striving for the “Rainbow Nation” ideal of shared prosperity he had dreamed of.

The Nobel peace laureate, who was held in apartheid prisons for 27 years before emerging to preach forgiveness and reconciliation, was laid to rest at his ancestral home in Qunu after a send-off combining military pomp with the traditional rites of his Xhosa abaThembu clan.

Dec 15, 2013

With a hole in its heart, South Africa buries Mandela

QUNU, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa buries Nelson Mandela on Sunday, closing one momentous chapter in its tortured history and opening another in which the multi-racial democracy he founded will have to discover if it can thrive without its central pillar.

The Nobel peace laureate, who suffered 27 years in apartheid prisons before emerging to preach forgiveness and reconciliation, will be laid to rest after a state funeral mixing military pomp with the traditional rites of his Xhosa abaThembu clan.

Dec 15, 2013

Mandela’s long walk nears journey’s end

QUNU, South Africa (Reuters) – The body of Nelson Mandela arrived on Saturday at his ancestral home in the rolling hills of South Africa’s Eastern Cape and was greeted by singing, dancing locals ahead of the anti-apartheid leader’s state funeral set for the following day.

As the hearse bearing South Africa’s first black president appeared on the horizon, crowds by the road broke into “Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika” (God Bless Africa), the evocative national anthem adopted after the end of apartheid in 1994.

Dec 14, 2013

Mandela’s body cheered at Qunu ahead of Sunday burial

QUNU, South Africa (Reuters) – The body of Nelson Mandela arrived on Saturday at his ancestral home of Qunu in South Africa’s Eastern Cape, where it was greeted by singing, dancing local residents ahead of the anti-apartheid leader’s state funeral set for the following day.

As police and military helicopters buzzed overheard, the hearse carrying the remains of South Africa’s first black president rolled with a police escort into the hamlet of scattered homes lying between green pastures.

Dec 13, 2013

South Africa keeps media at bay for Mandela burial

QUNU, South Africa (Reuters) – The arrival of an army of reporters, photographers and television crews for Nelson Mandela’s funeral on Sunday has created a security nightmare for South African authorities – and the chance to make a quick buck for enterprising locals.

Police and soldiers have sealed off the center of the anti-apartheid hero’s ancestral village of Qunu, lying in rolling hills 700 km (450 miles) south of Johannesburg, and banished media to a field on top of a hill a kilometer from the cemetery.

Dec 12, 2013

jinyiwen/Mandela mimer hits back: I’m sign language champion

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 12 (Reuters) – A South African sign language interpreter accused of gesticulating gibberish during a memorial to Nelson Mandela defended his “champion” performance on Thursday, but said he may have suffered a schizophrenic episode while on stage.

The interpreter, identified as 34-year-old Thamsanqa Jantjie, told Johannesburg’s Star newspaper he started hearing voices in his head and hallucinating, resulting in gestures that made no sense to outraged deaf people around the world.