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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.

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.