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Mar 21, 2013

South Africa, the tiny BRIC in the wall

JOHANNESBURG, March 21 (Reuters) – The hearty
self-congratulation with which South Africa welcomed its
accession to the BRIC grouping of major emerging countries has
been met with a deafening silence from global investors.

Since Pretoria joined more than two years ago and changed
the group’s name to BRICS, almost all of the major BRIC funds
have maintained zero exposure to South Africa. If there is an
“S” country in their portfolios, it is more likely to be South
Korea or Singapore.

Mar 7, 2013

Apartheid death squad commander Coetzee dies in South Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Dirk Coetzee, who led an apartheid-era death squad and later sought protection from the resistance movement that brought down South Africa’s white minority government, has died, a hospital said on Thursday.

Coetzee, 57, was a former police captain who blew the lid on his hit squad and fled the country in 1989, unleashing revelations that deepened the global isolation of the apartheid regime.

Mar 4, 2013

Anti-AIDS pill, vaginal gel unsuitable for Africa: study

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Trying to prevent HIV infection through vaginal gels or daily tablets has proven ineffective in the southern African region ravaged by the disease because people failed to use the medicines as required, a study released on Monday said.

A ground breaking study issued in 2010 indicated a vaginal gel containing a prescription drug can sharply reduce HIV infections in women who use it before and after sex, raising the possibility to slow the spread of the disease by giving women a way to protect themselves.

Mar 1, 2013

South African policemen arrested, to face murder charges

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Eight South African policemen have been arrested on suspicion of murder after dragging a man tied to the back of a police truck through a busy Johannesburg street in an incident broadcast around the world, a government watchdog said on Friday.

The video-recorded treatment of the Mozambican taxi driver has further damaged the reputation of the police force in South Africa where more than 1,200 people a year die in police custody.

Feb 28, 2013

Man dragged by South Africa police dies in custody

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African police were caught on video dragging a man hundreds of meters from the back of a pick-up truck, hours before he died in custody, drawing a storm of protest against a force accused of routine brutality.

The 27-year-old Mozambican taxi driver, Mido Macia, was found dead in detention with signs of head injuries and internal bleeding, according to an initial post mortem report released by the country’s police watchdog.

Feb 18, 2013

South Africa’s Ramphele launches new party to challenge ANC

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Respected anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele launched a new political party on Monday to challenge South Africa’s ruling ANC, saying self-interested and corrupt leaders were threatening the continent’s biggest economy.

Invoking the spirit of Nelson Mandela and the optimism that prevailed at South Africa’s first all-race elections in 1994, Ramphele said the dream of the “Rainbow Nation” was dying under the African National Congress (ANC).

Feb 18, 2013

South Africa’s Ramphele launches new political party

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Respected anti-apartheid activist Mamphela Ramphele launched a new political party on Monday to challenge South Africa’s ruling ANC, saying self-interested and corrupt leaders were threatening the continent’s biggest economy.

Invoking the spirit of Nelson Mandela and the optimism that prevailed at South Africa’s first all-race elections in 1994, Ramphele said the dream of the “Rainbow Nation” was dying under the African National Congress (ANC).

Feb 13, 2013

S.Africa’s Ramphele quits Gold Fields for politics

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 13 (Reuters) – Respected anti-apartheid
activist Mamphela Ramphele resigned as chairwoman of Gold Fields
on Wednesday, intensifying speculation she is about to
launch a political party to challenge the ruling African
National Congress (ANC).

The medical doctor and former World Bank managing director
will make a statement about her “political plans” on
Johannesburg’s Constitution Hill on Monday, a public relations
consultancy working for her said this week.

Jan 28, 2013

Analysis: ANC risks losing South Africa’s “born free” voters

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – When Nelson Mandela and his ANC party dreamed of South Africa’s future after apartheid, they probably imagined someone like Fulufhelo Davhana, a young black who has seen the doors of opportunity opened wide and is destined for achievement.

But Davhana, a 23-year-old accounting student at the University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus, is dreaming of a future when the African National Congress elders who ended white minority rule no longer call the shots.

Jan 28, 2013

ANC risks losing South Africa’s “born free” voters

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 28 (Reuters) – When Nelson Mandela and his
ANC party dreamed of South Africa’s future after apartheid, they
probably imagined someone like Fulufhelo Davhana, a young black
who has seen the doors of opportunity opened wide and is
destined for achievement.

But Davhana, a 23-year-old accounting student at the
University of Johannesburg’s Soweto Campus, is dreaming of a
future when the African National Congress elders who ended white
minority rule no longer call the shots.