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Aug 10, 2011

S.Africa’s strike season hitting economy hard

JOHANNESBURG, Aug 10 (Reuters) – A wave of strikes in South
Africa has cost goldminers around $190 million in lost output,
curtailed the already struggling manufacturing sector and could
trim third quarter economic growth by up to 0.6 percent,
analysts said.

Africa’s biggest economy is nearing the tail-end of its
annual “strike season” which saw gold, coal and diamond miners,
and fuel, paper and pharmaceutical workers all downing tools for
higher wages.

Jul 29, 2011

Police raid shows ‘ugly face’ of S.Africa empowerment

JOHANNESBURG, July 29 (Reuters) – A unprecedented police
raid this week on South Africa’s mines department and a firm
linked to President Jacob Zuma’s son has highlighted the use of
political connections to amass wealth and may ease investors’
concerns about shady mining deals.

The police’s special investigations unit, known as the
Hawks, raided the mineral resources department, and offices of
Imperial Crown Trading (ICT) — owned by a business partner of
Zuma’s son Duduzane — on Wednesday over allegations of fraud
related to the issue of prospecting rights.

Jun 21, 2011

LulzSec’s ambition grows, targets secret government data

BOSTON/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The LulzSec group of rogue hackers are threatening to steal classified information from governments, banks and other high-ranking establishments, in what would be an escalation of their cyber attacks.

So far LulzSec’s publicized assaults on Sony Corp, the CIA, News Corp’s Fox TV and other targets have mostly resulted in temporary disruptions of some websites and the release of user credentials.

Jun 21, 2011

LulzSec’s ambition grows, targets secret govt data

BOSTON/JOHANNESBURG, June 21 (Reuters) – The LulzSec group
of rogue hackers are threatening to steal classified
information from governments, banks and other high-ranking
establishments, in what would be an escalation of their cyber
attacks.

So far LulzSec’s publicized assaults on Sony Corp (6758.T: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz),
the CIA, News Corp’s (NWSA.O: Quote, Profile, Research, Stock Buzz) Fox TV and other targets have
mostly resulted in temporary disruptions of some websites and
the release of user credentials.

May 31, 2011

Zuma says Gaddafi refuses to leave Libya

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi is not prepared to leave Libya but will press efforts to find a political solution to the country’s conflict, South African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

In a statement issued after meeting Gaddafi in Tripoli on Monday, Zuma said the Libyan leader had called for an end to NATO bombings “to enable a Libyan dialogue” and renewed a call for a cease-fire.

May 31, 2011

Zuma says Gaddafi refuses to leave Libya

JOHANNESBURG, May 31 (Reuters) – Libyan leader Muammar
Gaddafi is not prepared to leave Libya but will press efforts to
find a political solution to the country’s conflict, South
African President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

In a statement issued after meeting Gaddafi in Tripoli on
Monday, Zuma said the Libyan leader had called for an end to
NATO bombings “to enable a Libyan dialogue” and renewed a call
for a ceasefire.

May 25, 2011

Zuma to visit Libya next week for Gaddafi talks

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma will visit Tripoli next week for talks with Libyan leader Muammar Gaddafi, the presidency said in a statement on Wednesday.

Johannesburg-based Talk Radio 702 earlier reported that the aim of the visit was to discuss an exit strategy for Gaddafi but the presidency statement made no mention of that.

May 20, 2011

South African photographer missing in Libya believed dead

LONDON/JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A South African freelance photographer missing in Libya since April is believed dead after being shot in the stomach and abandoned in the desert by forces loyal to Muammar Gaddafi, his family said on Friday.

Anton Hammerl, 41, who also had Austrian nationality and lived in London, was hit in the stomach after coming under fire on April 5, family friend Bronwyn Friedlander said.

Apr 21, 2011

South Africa’s Malema impresses critics in witness box

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African youth leader Julius Malema, on trial for “hate speech,” surprised critics with a polished performance in the witness box, denting perceptions that he is simply a dangerous militant. “Be warned, this man is not insignificant,” popular radio talk show host John Robbie, a long time critic of Malema, said Thursday after his testimony Wednesday.

Malema faces “hate speech” charges brought by the Afrikaner civil rights group Afriforum over his singing of an anti-apartheid song containing a reference to “shoot the Boer (Afrikaner).”

Mar 17, 2011

Aristide says returning home to Haiti

JOHANNESBURG, March 17 (Reuters) – Haiti’s exiled former
President Jean-Bertrand Aristide said on Thursday he will be
returning home before Sunday’s presidential run-off election,
despite opposition from the United States.

The United States has urged Aristide — in exile in South
Africa since he was ousted in 2004 — to delay his return until
after the March 20 poll. The left-wing populist’s party was
barred from the ballot.