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Aug 12, 2014

South Africa’s Ramaphosa says miners’ living conditions ‘inhumane’

PRETORIA (Reuters) – South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday that living conditions for many miners were “inhumane” and that he wished that he had done more as an executive at the platinum producer Lonmin to improve them.

His comments to an inquiry into the police slaying of 34 striking Lonmin miners two years ago were the latest sign of political pressure on mining companies to implement social obligations required by the government but poorly observed.

Aug 12, 2014

S.Africa’s Ramaphosa says miners’ living conditions “inhumane”

PRETORIA, Aug 12 (Reuters) – South African Deputy President
Cyril Ramaphosa said on Tuesday that living conditions for many
miners were “inhumane” and that he wished that he had done more
as an executive at the platinum producer Lonmin to
improve them.

His comments to an inquiry into the police slaying of 34
striking Lonmin miners two years ago were the latest sign of
political pressure on mining companies to implement social
obligations required by the government but poorly observed.

Dec 20, 2013

South Africa’s biggest union cuts political ties with ANC

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 20 (Reuters) – South Africa’s biggest
union will not support the ruling ANC in elections next year,
its general secretary said on Friday, in a blow to President
Jacob Zuma, whose political support with the working class is
fast eroding.

The salvo from the 330,000-member National Union of
Metalworkers of South Africa (NUMSA) is also another sign that
an alliance forged with the African National Congress (ANC) in
the common struggle against apartheid is falling apart.

Dec 19, 2013

South Africa defends Zuma’s security upgrade, including chicken coop

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s government dismissed criticisms on Thursday that a $21 million state-funded security upgrade of President Jacob Zuma’s private home was extravagant, saying features such as a chicken coop and cattle pen were more than “nice to haves”.

The cost of the upgrade has sparked an outcry against Zuma, whose unpopularity as South Africa’s leader since 2009 was highlighted when he was booed at a memorial for anti-apartheid legend Nelson Mandela on December 10.

Dec 13, 2013

Crowd breaks through barrier on Mandela’s last day of lying in state

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Tens of thousands of mourners, some breaking through police barriers, flocked to South Africa’s central government buildings on Friday to say a personal goodbye to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela on the final day of his lying in state.

Such was the crush of people wanting to see Mandela’s body in the Union Buildings in the capital Pretoria, that the government had asked others to stay away from the park-and-ride facilities set up to take mourners to the area.

Dec 13, 2013

Mourners overwhelm Mandela’s lying in state on last day

PRETORIA (Reuters) – Mourners flocked in their tens of thousands to South Africa’s central government buildings on Friday to say a personal goodbye to anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela on the final day of his lying in state in Pretoria.

Such was the crush of people wanting to see Mandela’s body in the Union Buildings, that the government asked others to stay away from the park-and-ride facilities set up to take mourners to the area.

Dec 11, 2013

S. Africa’s Zuma gets ‘rain boo’ wake up, but will tough it out

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The booing of South African President Jacob Zuma at Nelson Mandela’s memorial laid bare popular anger against him, but the thick-skinned ANC leader can call on a powerful political base to carry him and the party through elections next year.

Zuma, who was popular when he took over the presidency of Africa’s largest economy in 2009, suffered public humiliation on Tuesday in front of world leaders when thousands attending the rain-soaked Mandela commemoration booed and jeered him.

Dec 11, 2013

South Africa’s Zuma gets ‘rain boo’ wake up, but will tough it out

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – The booing of South African President Jacob Zuma at Nelson Mandela’s memorial laid bare popular anger against him, but the thick-skinned ANC leader can call on a powerful political base to carry him and the party through elections next year.

Zuma, who was popular when he took over the presidency of Africa’s largest economy in 2009, suffered public humiliation on Tuesday in front of world leaders when thousands attending the rain-soaked Mandela commemoration booed and jeered him.

Dec 8, 2013

Insight: Family, politicians battle over “Brand Mandela”

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – From political posters to bottles of wine and kitchen aprons, the face and name of Nelson Mandela are a potent commercial and political brand in South Africa. Little wonder it’s so sought after – and the source of occasional squabbles.

Following his death on Thursday at the age of 95, the scramble for control of the Mandela legacy – both financial and moral – will involve his family, the ruling African National Congress (ANC), and the Nelson Mandela Foundation he set up to protect his broader message.

Dec 8, 2013

Family, politicians battle over “Brand Mandela”

JOHANNESBURG, Dec 8 (Reuters) – From political posters to
bottles of wine and kitchen aprons, the face and name of Nelson
Mandela is a potent commercial and political brand in South
Africa. Little wonder it’s so sought after – and the source of
occasional squabbles.

Following his death on Thursday at the age of 95, the
scramble for control of the Mandela legacy – both financial and
moral – will involve his family, the ruling African National
Congress (ANC), and the Nelson Mandela Foundation he set up to
protect his broader message.