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Dec 9, 2010

South Africa’s Zuma controversial but smart: WikiLeaks

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The rise of Jacob Zuma to South Africa’s presidency was an “astonishing achievement,” according to U.S. diplomatic cables released by WikiLeaks.

Zuma became South African president in May 2009 after a bruising battle for the leadership of the African National Congress with former President Thabo Mbeki, who was forced by the ruling party to step down in late 2008.

Dec 7, 2010

Citigroup CEO Pandit says to look at expanding in Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Citigroup Inc(C.N: Quote, Profile, Research) will look at expanding its presence in Africa by focusing on investment and corporate banking, Chief Executive Vikram Pandit said on Tuesday.

Citigroup, which has a presence in 16 countries on the fast-growing continent and a history there dating back to the 1950s, faces increased competition in Africa as more of its rivals target rising trade between emerging markets.

Dec 7, 2010

Citigroup CEO says to look at expanding in Africa

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 7 (Reuters) – Citigroup Inc (C.N: Quote, Profile, Research) will
look at expanding its presence in Africa by focusing on
investment and corporate banking, Chief Executive Vikram Pandit
said on Tuesday.

Citigroup, which has a presence in 16 countries on the
fast-growing continent and a history there dating back to the
1950s, faces increased competition in Africa as more of its
rivals target rising trade between emerging markets.

Oct 11, 2010

Mandela says in book he didn’t want to be president

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 11 (Reuters) – Nelson Mandela never wanted
to become South African president and would have preferred a
younger person to become the country’s first black ruler,
according to a new book.

Mandela says in the book “Conversations with Myself”, due to
be launched on Tuesday, that he only accepted after senior
leaders of the African National Congress put pressure on him.

Sep 22, 2010

Analysis – Motlanthe leading S.Africa’s ANC succession stakes

JOHANNESBURG/DURBAN (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling ANC elects a new leader in 2012 but positioning for the country’s top job has already begun with Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe seen as favourite.

Although the question of who will become the next party leader — and almost certainly South African president in 2014 — is not on the agenda of the ANC’s week-long policy review National General Council this week, African National Congress officials and party sources say lobbying has already started.

Sep 7, 2010

S.African state workers return to posts after strike

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Hundreds of thousands of South African state workers returned to their jobs on Tuesday after suspending a disruptive three-week strike which hit schools and hospitals.

Union officials were giving themselves 21 days to finalise a draft agreement with their members that could end the conflict over wages that prompted 1.3 million workers to walk off their jobs, affecting public services across Africa’s biggest economy.

Aug 20, 2010

South Africa unions and gov’t talk on public workers’ strike

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Unions representing more than 1 million striking South African civil servants began talks with the government on Friday to end a stoppage that could damage Africa’s largest economy if it drags on into next month.

The state workers’ strike started on Wednesday — the latest in a wave of labor protests since May — and quickly turned violent, with police firing rubber bullets to disperse protesters blocking roads and preventing patients from entering hospitals.

Aug 17, 2010

SAfrica new media law mirrors that of apartheid: CPJ

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – New media rules planned by the South African government are reminiscent of draconian apartheid-era press laws and could stunt democracy in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.

The New York-based media freedom group said in a letter to President Jacob Zuma, posted on the CPJ website (www.cpj.org), that the proposed laws would severely curtail the independent media.

Aug 17, 2010

South Africa new media laws mirrors that of apartheid – CPJ

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – New media rules planned by the South African government are reminiscent of draconian apartheid-era press laws and could stunt democracy in the country, the Committee to Protect Journalists said.

The New York-based media freedom group said in a letter to President Jacob Zuma, posted on the CPJ website (www.cpj.org), that the proposed laws would severely curtail the independent media.

Jul 12, 2010

Cup leaves no quick wins for the poor

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s image may have changed after it successfully hosted the World Cup but the billions spent on the event had little impact on improving the life of poor South Africans.

Analysts said the real benefits of the World Cup — hosted in Africa for the first time — will only be seen in years to come.