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Oct 28, 2013

Insight: Water, wealth and whites – South Africa’s potent anti-fracking mix

NIEU-BETHESDA, South Africa (Reuters) – Stretching across the heart of South Africa, the Karoo has stirred emotions for centuries, a stunning semi-desert wilderness that draws artists, hunters and the toughest of farmers.

It is now rousing less romantic passions.

If energy companies and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) get their way, it will soon be home to scientists and geologists mapping out shale gas fields touted as game-changers for Africa’s biggest economy, and working out whether fracking will work here.

Oct 28, 2013

Water, wealth and whites – S.Africa’s potent anti-fracking mix

NIEU-BETHESDA, South Africa, Oct 28 (Reuters) – Stretching
across the heart of South Africa, the Karoo has stirred emotions
for centuries, a stunning semi-desert wilderness that draws
artists, hunters and the toughest of farmers.

It is now rousing less romantic passions.

If energy companies and the ruling African National Congress
(ANC) get their way, it will soon be home to scientists and
geologists mapping out shale gas fields touted as game-changers
for Africa’s biggest economy, and working out whether fracking
will work here.

Sep 25, 2013

Anglo South Africa settles silicosis case with 23 gold miners

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 25 (Reuters) – Anglo American’s South
African arm has settled a compensation claim by 23 gold miners
with the lung disease silicosis, bringing an industry-wide deal
potentially worth hundreds of millions of dollars closer, a
lawyer said on Wednesday.

Details of the settlement are confidential although Richard
Meeran, the London-based lawyer who first brought the suit
against the global mining giant in 2004, said he and his clients
were “very happy” with the deal.

Sep 13, 2013

Swaziland’s royal ruler squashes reform hopes

LOZITHA, Swaziland (Reuters) – It was described as a divine message received in a thunderstorm, a surprise rebirth of Swaziland’s traditional “Tinkhundla” political system that triggered faint hopes of reform in Africa’s last absolute monarchy.

But a week before voters go to the polls in the landlocked southern African nation, King Mswati III admitted the “Monarchal Democracy” he had presented to an obedient Swazi press this month was merely a name change for foreign consumption.

Aug 2, 2013

Hunting in Harare: Zimbabwe’s elusive voters’ roll

HARARE (Reuters) – It is a list of 6.4 million names and addresses printed on A3 paper and compiled in no fewer than 1,958 binders weighing well over two tons. Or it can be reduced to a slim CD.

Finding, in any format, the Zimbabwean voters’ roll, the document at the center of a disputed landslide election victory claimed by President Robert Mugabe’s ZANU-PF party, is not easy.

Aug 2, 2013

Zimbabwe’s MDC considers protests against Mugabe landslide

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe’s Movement for Democratic Change (MDC) said on Friday it could take to the streets to challenge President Robert Mugabe’s victory in an election it rejects as a farce and which faces skepticism from the West.

No results of the presidential vote on July 31 have been announced. But Mugabe’s ZANU-PF has already claimed a resounding win and interim tallies of the parliamentary count suggest a massive victory for the 89-year-old, Africa’s oldest president, who has ruled since independence from Britain in 1980.

Jul 31, 2013

Zimbabweans face third Mugabe-Tsvangirai showdown

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabweans go to the polls on Wednesday in a fiercely contested election pitting President Robert Mugabe against Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai, who has vowed to push Africa’s oldest leader into retirement after 33 years in power.

With no reliable opinion polls, it is hard to say whether the 61-year-old Tsvangirai will succeed in his third attempt to unseat the 89-year-old Mugabe, who has run the southern African nation since independence from Britain in 1980.

Jul 29, 2013

Zimbabwe campaign ends with PM pushing Mugabe to retirement

HARARE (Reuters) – Zimbabwe Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai vowed to pack entrenched President Robert Mugabe off into retirement at a thunderous final campaign rally on Monday, capping a high-spirited election race that has gone down to the wire.

With no reliable opinion polls, it is hard to say whether 61-year-old Tsvangirai will succeed on Wednesday in his third attempt to unseat his 89-year-old rival, who has run the southern African nation since independence from Britain in 1980.

Jul 23, 2013

Facebook blogger goads Zimbabwe’s ruling party

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A mysterious Facebook blogger purporting to be a disgruntled “Deep Throat” in President Robert Mugabe’s party has become an unlikely election campaign star in Zimbabwe, attracting 275,000 online followers and the fury of the ZANU-PF establishment.

With a daily stream of social tittle-tattle, outrageous personal slurs and explosive – if true – political allegations, “Baba Jukwa” ( here ) has created an unprecedented stir in the run-up to the July 31 poll.

Jun 26, 2013

Mandela still critical, Zuma cancels Mozambique trip

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma canceled a trip to neighboring Mozambique on Thursday, intensifying speculation about a deterioration in the health of anti-apartheid leader Nelson Mandela, who remains critically ill in hospital.

Zuma made his decision not to leave the country after visiting the 94-year-old late on Wednesday in the Pretoria hospital where he has been receiving treatment for a lung infection for nearly three weeks.