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Jan 11, 2010

South Africa confident of World Cup security

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Years of security planning for the World Cup in South Africa mean there is little chance of a surprise attack similar to the one on Togo’s soccer team at the African championship in Angola, police and analysts say.

The roadside ambush in a restive region, which killed two of Togo’s soccer delegation, inevitably brought questions over security at the world’s biggest single-sport event, on a continent all too often tarnished by images of chaos.

Nov 20, 2009

S.Africa’s COSATU meets to review strategy

JOHANNESBURG, Nov 20 (Reuters) – South Africa’s powerful
COSATU trade union federation meets next week to take stock of
its relations with the ruling ANC and progress made in economic
restructuring to benefit the country’s poor.

COSATU, which says it has over two million members across
the country, aims to convince President Jacob Zuma to change
economic policies to improve the lives of millions of workers.

Nov 19, 2009

IAAF agrees to Semenya keeping world title

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The International Association of Athletics Federations (IAAF) has agreed that South African runner Caster Semenya will keep her 800 meters world title, the country’s sports ministry said Thursday.

The 18-year-old Semenya, who stormed to victory in August’s world championships in Berlin, underwent gender verification tests this summer in South Africa and Germany and a panel of experts has been studying the results for the IAAF.

Oct 30, 2009

S.Africa’s Zuma dismisses fears of leftist takeover

JOHANNESBURG, Oct 30 (Reuters) – South African President
Jacob Zuma on Friday sought to dispel fears that the ruling
ANC’s labour and communist allies were pushing the country’s
economic policy to the left.

Recent speculation that labour federation COSATU and the
South African Communist Party were pushing policy to the left
was a “feverish pre-occupation with a ‘left takeover’ of the
ANC”, Zuma said in a weekly letter written as ANC president.