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Mar 15, 2012

Goldman banker always stuck to principles – former teacher

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Greg Smith was a principled and competitive student, the kind of person whose strong sense of right and wrong probably pushed him to resign from Goldman Sachs in a scathing letter to an international newspaper, his former teacher and coach said.

A quiet, unassuming child, the South African first attended the private Jewish King David’s High School in suburban Johannesburg before winning a scholarship to Stanford University in the United States.

Mar 15, 2012

SAfrican Goldman banker always stuck to principles

JOHANNESBURG, March 15 (Reuters) – Greg Smith was a
principled and competitive student, the kind of person whose
strong sense of right and wrong probably pushed him to resign
from Goldman Sachs in a scathing letter to an international
newspaper, his former teacher and coach said.

A quiet, unassuming child, the South African first attended
the private Jewish King David’s High School in suburban
Johannesburg before winning a scholarship to Stanford University
in the United States.

Mar 13, 2012

Senegal: holding back Africa “democracy recession”

DAKAR (Reuters) – Asked what might happen if Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade is declared winner of the West African country’s elections, student Nando da Silva mouths the sound of an explosion: “Boom!”

Casting his first round ballot last month in Grand Yoff, a dusty Dakar suburb which is a labyrinth of sandy streets and crowded homes, da Silva is one of many young Senegalese who want to see an end to the octogenarian president’s 12-year rule.

Feb 27, 2012

Voters show faith in health of Senegal’s democracy

DAKAR, Feb 27 (Reuters) – In one polling station in
Senegal’s dusty capital Dakar, election officials counted votes
in a civic health bureau, surrounded by peeling posters giving
advice on how to avoid malaria and have a healthy pregnancy.

The West African state went into Sunday’s presidential
election overshadowed by dire warnings that its precious
democracy and stability, unsullied by coups or civil war since
independence from France in 1960, was sick and in mortal danger.

Feb 27, 2012

Senegal’s Wade in tight race for new term

DAKAR (Reuters) – Senegal President Abdoulaye Wade is in a tight race with chief rival Macky Sall, according to early unofficial tallies from the West African state’s most contentious poll in recent history, signaling a possible run-off between the former allies.

The election follows weeks of violent street protests against the 85-year-old Wade’s bid for a third term in office despite a two-term limit, and warnings that Senegal’s reputation as an established democracy hangs in the balance.

Feb 25, 2012

Senegalese to vote in test of nation’s stability

DAKAR (Reuters) – Senegal’s President Abdoulaye Wade faces re-election on Sunday, having defied opposition efforts to block him from standing and warnings that his candidacy risked destabilizing the usually tranquil West African state.

Overshadowing voting is a row over whether the octogenarian leader should be able to run for a third term. It has sparked violent street protests and a stream of warnings that Senegal’s reputation as an established democracy now hangs in the balance.

Feb 23, 2012

Insight: Limpopo “looting” tests South Africa’s ANC on graft

POLOKWANE, South Africa (Reuters) – When the premier of South Africa’s Limpopo province gave his “state of the province” speech this month, he announced that his region led the nation in good financial record keeping.

It left some in his audience blinking in disbelief.

Was he talking about the same platinum- and coal-producing northern province that is the target of corruption probes by a posse of South African law enforcement agencies after being declared “technically bankrupt” by the national treasury?

Feb 23, 2012

Limpopo “looting” tests S. Africa’s ANC on graft

POLOKWANE, South Africa, Feb 23 (Reuters) – When the
premier of South Africa’s Limpopo province gave his “state of
the province” speech this month, he announced that his region
led the nation in good financial record keeping.

It left some in his audience blinking in disbelief.

Was he talking about the same platinum- and coal-producing
northern province that is the target of corruption probes by a
posse of South African law enforcement agencies after being
declared “technically bankrupt” by the national treasury?

Feb 4, 2012

Fallen firebrand Malema ignited S.African politics

JOHANNESBURG, Feb 4 (Reuters) – In less than four
years, ANC youth leader Julius Malema turned himself into an
outspoken irritant for South Africa’s ruling party as he
regularly and pointedly reminded its leaders how they had failed
the country’s poor majority.

On Saturday, after an African National Congress appeals
panel upheld his suspension for bringing Africa’s oldest
liberation movement into disrepute, the banishment of the
youthful rebel from party ranks seemed complete.

Feb 1, 2012

“Sit-tight” rulers risk African Spring: Nobel Laureate Soyinka

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – Aging African presidents who try to cling to power by manipulating constitutions and judiciaries risk the same popular rebellions that toppled rulers in last year’s Arab Spring, Nigerian Nobel Laureate Wole Soyinka said Wednesday.

Citing as examples Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe and Senegalese President Abdoulaye Wade, who are both well in their eighties, Soyinka criticized “sit-tight rulers” who sought to hang on in office despite being “obviously beyond their prime.”

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