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Cleric Defends Mandela from Winnie Attack in South Africa

A visiting South African archbishop on Friday defended the leadership record of former President Nelson Mandela against accusations of betrayal by his estranged wife Winnie Mandela. The Most Reverend Njongo Ndungane said Mr Mandela brought the country to a democratic dispensation and averted bloodshed which could have torn the country apart....

The President And HIV Prevention in South Africa

The President And HIV Prevention in South Africa HIV prevention is based on getting people to change their sexual habits - but this is a very difficult process as President Zuma has shown. Although South Africa has almost a million HIV positive people on treatment, actuaries tell us that over 300,000 citizens are still being infected with the virus every year. This prompted health economist...

Two Million World Cup Tickets Sold in South Africa

Two Million World Cup Tickets Sold in South Africa Two million 2010 FIFA World Cup tickets were sold in the first three sales phases, according to FIFA. "We are content with the ticket sales results so far. We still have two more ticketing phases to sell out the event," said Horst Schmidt, Chairman of the FIFA World Cup Ticketing Sub-Committee. The announcement comes after the fourth phase of...

South African President Jacob Zuma Gets Emphatic Nod From Cosatu

South African President Jacob Zuma Gets Emphatic Nod From Cosatu AFTER a week of censure over his sexual indiscretions, President Jacob Zuma yesterday got the first public show of support from political ally the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu). But the African National Congress (ANC) Youth League was lukewarm in its support for a second term for Zuma, indicating the coalition that thrust him...

South African Arms Deal Details Consigned to Dark

South African Arms Deal Details Consigned to Dark THE murky details of SA's multibillion-rand arms deal are unlikely ever to come to light after weapons maker BAE Systems last week cut a deal with UK and US officials to plead guilty and pay fines on some charges in exchange for the dropping of probes on others. Europe's biggest weapons maker pleaded guilty to gross control failures in its...

Region Rejects Malagasy leader Andry Rajoelina's Election Plans

Region Rejects Malagasy leader Andry Rajoelina's Election Plans Southern African leaders have dismissed plans by Malagasy leader Andry Rajoelina to hold unilaterally-organized elections in March. A summit of heads of state and government attending the inauguration of President Armando Guebuza of Mozambique, who was re-elected in October, called on Rajoelina to return to internationally-supervised talks aimed...

South Africa's Presidency Educates Jounalists on Zuma's Wives

The rise to power of South Africa's first polygamous head of state in the modern era* is causing confusion in the media, and the office of President Jacob Zuma is now trying to set them straight. Responding to a rash of reports arising from Zuma's wedding last week to his newest wife, Tobeka Madiba-Zuma, the presidency issued a statement on...

President Jacob Zuma Outraged at Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa

President Jacob Zuma Outraged at Xenophobic Attacks in South Africa President Jacob Zuma has used South Africa's Day of Reconciliation to denounce attacks on migrants from elsewhere in Africa who are living in the country. "We are outraged by the reports of ill-treatment of foreign nationals in some parts of the country," Zuma told a celebration in Tshwane, the capital. "Such attacks go against the spirit and...

2010 World Cup - Nigeria Draws Argentina, South Korea and Greece

In what appears to be a repeat of the 1994 and 2002 editions of the FIFA World Cup, Nigeria last night was drawn alongside Argentina, South Korea and Greece in Group B for the global football fiesta to be hosted by South Africa next year. The grouping means the Super Eagles will once again battle the Argentines following the 1994 and 2002 group...

Police Do Not Have a Licence to Kill - President Jacob Zuma

President Jacob Zuma on Friday reiterated that no police officer has permission to shoot suspects in circumstances other than those provided for by law. "The law does not give the police a licence to kill," the President said in a statement. He said he had noted the continuing media reports about the use of force by the police, which had at times...

Southern Africa Development Community Troika to Hold Summit On Zimbabwe

The Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) Organ on Politics, Defense and Security is to hold a Heads of State summit of to iron out sticking points in Zimbabwe's Global Political Agreement (GPA). The sticking points are threatening the future of the country's inclusive government, after Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai announced recently he...

Southern African Development Community Election Observers Applaud Elections

Election observers from southern Africa have said Botswana's elections were in conformity with regional standards and principles. The Southern African Development Community (SADC) Election Observer Mission (SEOM) said the elections were conducted in compliance with the SADC Principles and Guidelines Governing Democratic Elections adopted by SADC...

Southern African Development Community Crisis Talks As Mugabe, Prime Minister Morgan Tsvangirai Fall Out

THE Southern African Development Community (Sadc) will this week intervene in Zimbabwe's crisis to avert a collapse of its shaky government of unity. Diplomatic sources said yesterday that Sadc would task the chairman of its organ on politics, defence and security, Mozambican President Armando Guebuza, to hold emergency talks with Zimbabwean...

South Africa Wants to Use More Solar Energy

A large scale "Solar Park" that will encourage an extensive use of solar energy is on the cards for South Africa. Energy Minister Dipuo Peters, on Friday, signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the United States-based Clinton Climate Initiative (CCI). The agreement will pave the way for the creation of a Solar Park aimed at curbing the use of...

Effort Afoot to Save Rickety Southern African Customs Union

Southern African countries have buried the hatchet in an effort to preserve the Southern African Customs Union (SACU), one of the few building blocks of regional integration. Its chiefs vehemently denied reports that Pretoria wants to pull out of the customs union. "It's interesting that outsiders have that perception," marvelled Namibian...