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Jul 13, 2012

Nineteen dead as coal train hits truck in S.Africa

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – A coal train ploughed into a truck packed with farm workers at a level crossing in eastern South Africa on Friday, cutting it in half and killing 19 people who were on their way to pick fruit, police and emergency services said.

Police spokesman Joseph Mabusa said it appeared the truck driver had miscalculated when crossing the track, leaving his vehicle directly in the path of a freight train carrying coal to neighbouring Mozambique.

Jul 13, 2012

At least 19 dead as train hits truck in S.Africa

JOHANNESBURG, July 13 (Reuters) – A train ploughed into a
truck packed with farm workers at a level crossing in eastern
South Africa on Friday, cutting it in half and killing at least
19 people who were on their way to pick fruit, police and
emergency services said.

Police spokesman Joseph Mabusa said it appeared the truck
driver had badly miscalculated when crossing the track, leaving
his vehicle directly in the path of a freight train carrying
coal to Mozambique. It was too early to say precisely what
happened however, he added.

Jun 26, 2012

South Africa must reform white-dominated economy: Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s economy is still largely under the control of whites who held power under apartheid, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday, and he called for a “dramatic shift” to redress the wealth balance more evenly in favor of the black majority.

Such calls have been a staple of ANC strategy documents for years and Zuma’s policy speech comes months before he will seek re-election as leader of the faction-ridden movement in December. He has also been facing demands from the party’s youth wing to nationalize mines and seize white-owned farmland.

Jun 26, 2012

S. Africa must reform white-dominated economy-Zuma

JOHANNESBURG, June 26 (Reuters) – South Africa’s economy is
still largely under the control of whites who held power under
apartheid, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday, and he called
for a “dramatic shift” to redress the wealth balance more evenly
in favour of the black majority.

Such calls have been a staple of ANC strategy documents for
years and Zuma’s policy speech comes months before he will seek
re-election as leader of the faction-ridden movement in
December. He has also been facing demands from the party’s youth
wing to nationalise mines and seize white-owned farmland.

Jun 26, 2012

Whites still mostly control South Africa economy: Zuma

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s economy is still mostly under the control of whites who held power under apartheid and the government needs to take more drastic steps to make sure the black majority can benefit from its wealth, President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

Zuma, speaking at the start of a major policy meeting of his ruling African National Congress, said the challenges of poverty, unemployment and inequality posed long-term risks for Africa’s richest country 18 years after the end of apartheid.

Jun 26, 2012

Whites still mostly control S.Africa economy -Zuma

JOHANNESBURG, June 26 (Reuters) – South Africa’s economy is
still mostly under the control of whites who held power under
apartheid and the government needs to take more drastic steps to
make sure the black majority can benefit from its wealth,
President Jacob Zuma said on Tuesday.

Zuma, speaking at the start of a major policy meeting of his
ruling African National Congress, said the challenges of
poverty, unemployment and inequality posed long-term risks for
Africa’s richest country 18 years after the end of apartheid.

Jun 24, 2012

Insight: ANC promises ring hollow in home of South Africa greats

ENTSHINGENI, South Africa (Reuters) – First graders huddle to do sums on scraps of paper pressed against a cracked mud wall at Mwezeni Primary School in South Africa’s destitute Eastern Cape province.

The school may be located in Africa’s wealthiest nation, but there are no chairs, no desks and no work books.

Jun 24, 2012

ANC promises ring hollow in home of S.Africa greats

ENTSHINGENI, South Africa, June 24 (Reuters) – First graders
huddle to do sums on scraps of paper pressed against a cracked
mud wall at Mwezeni Primary School in South Africa’s destitute
Eastern Cape province.

The school may be located in Africa’s wealthiest nation, but
there are no chairs, no desks and no work books.

Jun 12, 2012

South Africa’s Zuma fires scandal-hit police chief

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South African President Jacob Zuma sacked scandal-tainted police chief Bheki Cele on Tuesday, a rare dismissal of a senior figure from a government plagued by perceptions of rampant corruption.

The firing comes just a year after Cele’s predecessor Jackie Selebi was convicted of corruption and sentenced to 15 years in prison.

May 18, 2012

Presidential penis portrait riles S.Africa’s ANC

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) – South Africa’s ruling ANC threatened to take legal action against a Johannesburg gallery for displaying art which lampoons President Jacob Zuma and accuses the party of corruption.

The African National Congress wants the Goodman Gallery to remove a painting of Zuma called “The Spear”, which depicts the president with his genitals exposed, and another work that has a “For Sale” sign superimposed over the party logo.