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Jan 6, 2013

Nelson Mandela recovers from surgery, lung infection – official

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former South African President Nelson Mandela has recovered from a lung infection and surgery to remove gallstones that kept him in hospital for nearly three weeks, the government said on Sunday.

Mandela, 94, who has been in frail health for several years, spent most of December in a Pretoria hospital – his longest stay for medical care since his release from prison in 1990.

Jan 6, 2013

Mandela recovers from surgery, lung infection: official

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Former South African President Nelson Mandela has recovered from a lung infection and surgery to remove gallstones that kept him in hospital for nearly three weeks, the government said on Sunday.

Mandela, 94, who has been in frail health for several years, spent most of December in a Pretoria hospital – his longest stay for medical care since his release from prison in 1990.

Dec 27, 2012

Poachers make 2012 a deadly year for Africa’s rhinos, elephants

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Africa’s biggest animals were poached in near record numbers in 2012, with surging demand for horn and ivory from Asia driving the slaughter of rhinos and elephants.

By mid-December, poachers had killed 633 rhinos in South Africa, according to environment ministry figures.

Dec 21, 2012

South Africa’s soothing Ramaphosa leads ANC charm offensive

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling ANC put its new No. 2 Cyril Ramaphosa at the head of a charm offensive on Friday as it sought to reassure both investors and a restless public it would tackle economic inequality without recourse to wholescale nationalization.

Days after his appointment as party deputy to President Jacob Zuma, who was re-elected ANC chief this week, the anti-apartheid hero and businessman laid out the party’s strategic priorities.

Dec 20, 2012

S. Africa’s Zuma pledges ANC renewal to dispel doubts

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, Dec 20 (Reuters) – South African
President Jacob Zuma, fresh from a landslide re-election as head
of the ruling ANC, on Thursday promised to crack down on
corruption and feuding that has shaken confidence in the party’s
leadership of Africa’s top economy.

In a speech to close a week-long ANC elective conference,
Zuma called on the 100-year-old African National Congress to
“root out” faction-fighting and the use of money to buy members
or influence within the party.

Dec 19, 2012

S. Africa pushing for minerals export curbs

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, Dec 19 (Reuters) – South Africa
wants to impose export curbs on minerals such as platinum and
iron ore as part of a drive by the ruling African National
Congress to create more jobs in industry in the continent’s
biggest economy, a top official said on Wednesday.

The policy proposals from the Trade and Industry Ministry
are meant to encourage more processing of minerals domestically
but are unlikely to go down well with mining companies already
being threatened with windfall taxes on their profits.

Dec 18, 2012

Four white S.Africans charged with ANC bomb plot

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa, Dec 18 (Reuters) – Four white
South Africans were charged with treason on Tuesday for plotting
to bomb a conference of the ruling African National Congress
(ANC) and kill President Jacob Zuma “execution style”.

Prosecutor Shaun Abrahams said the men had planned to attack
an ANC meeting, currently under way in the city of Bloemfontein,
as a step towards carving an independent Boer republic out of
Nelson Mandela’s post-apartheid “Rainbow Nation”.

Dec 16, 2012

South Africa is not “falling apart”: Zuma

BLOEMFONTEIN, South Africa (Reuters) – South Africa is not “falling apart” and the ruling African National Congress (ANC) can run the continent’s biggest economy, President Jacob Zuma said on Sunday, as he sought to dispel the concerns of rating agencies and investors about sluggish growth.

In his opening address to an ANC conference to choose its leadership for the next five years, Zuma said two downgrades by international ratings agencies this year did not mean South Africa was in trouble.

Dec 14, 2012

As ANC votes, South African poor feel party has passed them by

BOTSHABELO, South Africa, Dec 14 (Reuters) – A billboard of
a smiling President Jacob Zuma reminds Botshabelo residents his
ruling ANC will hold an important meeting down the road next
week to shape the future of South Africa.

But behind the giant poster, people see little to smile
about: sprawling shanties, dirt roads and rampant unemployment
in the town of 200,000 speak volumes about the party’s failings
since it took over with the end of apartheid in 1994.

Nov 9, 2012

South African court gives Thai rhino poacher record sentence

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A South African court gave a Thai man a record 40-year jail sentence on Friday for an elaborate fraud to ship poached rhinoceros horns to Asia after the animals were killed in fake “hunts”.

Chumlong Lemtongthai took advantage of the fact it is legal for foreigners to hunt rhinos in South Africa and ship horns overseas as personal trophies.