| Africatime
Lundi 27 Mars 2017
(BBC News Africa 17/07/13)
A white South African teenager has undergone a traditional circumcision, even though dozens of boys die each year in such ceremonies, which are seen as a rite of passage into manhood in some communities. He told the BBC's Pumza Fihlani it had changed him for the better. Seventeen-year-old Brandon de Wet, from South Africa's Eastern Cape province, went through with the ritual, which is not without its risks, with his Xhosa friend of 13 years, Yanelisa Somyo. "It was a really tough road and was like nothing I've ever experienced," Brandon told the BBC about the three-week long experience in the mountains. "It was challenging mentally but it was worth it," he said proudly. The practice of ritual circumcision is...
(La Nouvelle Expression 16/07/13)
Les avis sont partagés sur la question de savoir quel est l’état de santé réel de Nelson Mandela et sur l’opportunité ou non de supprimer l’assistance respiratoire …L’ancien président sud-africain Nelson Mandela est toujours dans un état critique, mais stable dans un hôpital privé de Pretoria où il avait été admis en urgence le samedi 8 juin 2013. Professeur d’histoire et de sciences politiques à l’Université de Witwatersrand de Johannesburg, en Afrique du Sud et auteur de plusieurs ouvrages, Achille Mbembe a récemment donné son point de vue à Rfi sur la gestion politique de la longue agonie de Nelson Mandela : « Selon les dernières nouvelles, il irait un peu mieux. Mais la réalité est que Nelson Mandela est...
(Bloomberg 16/07/13)
Unions across the board have stood firm on wage demands, but employers say giving in to these would have dire consequences for the industry. South African trade unions representing gold mining employees dismissed a proposal to increase wages by 4%, increasing the prospects of a further deterioration in labour relations. “We totally reject it,” Lesiba Seshoka, a spokesperson for the National Union of Mineworkers (NUM), which represents 64% of gold mining employees, said by telephone on Monday. “The chamber is setting the scene for confrontation.” The Chamber of Mines, which negotiates on behalf of gold mining companies including AngloGold Ashanti and Sibanye Gold, offered employees a 4% rise in basic pay and housing allowances that would bring guaranteed wages for...
(Agence Ecofin 16/07/13)
(Agence Ecofin) - Apres avoir consacré 60 millions $ au cours des 12 derniers mois à étendre sa présence en Afrique, Ernst & Young a budgétisé 40 millions $ pour renforcer les compétences de ses collaborateurs, recruter de nouveaux talents et se développer en Angola, Nigeria et Afrique du Sud. « Nous sommes toujours à la recherche d'acquisitions en Afrique du Sud, Nigeria et l'Angola et nous augmentons considérablement nos investissements dans le développement des compétences de nos collaborateurs» a indiqué Ajen Sita, CEO d’Ernst & Young South Africa. Ernst & Young chercherait à acquérir sur ces pays des sociétés de conseil en informatique, en gestion de la chaîne d'approvisionnement et en gestion de la relation client. En Afrique, la...
(AFP (eng) 16/07/13)
Criticism of Nelson Mandela is rare in South Africa, much less so when he is lying in a hospital bed. But a few critics are still willing to break the taboo. The 94-year-old's opposition to apartheid and his role in negotiating a peaceful democratic transition have won him worldwide, but not, it seems, universal adoration. Twenty years after those talks, some still believe the deal he struck with South Africa's white rulers ensured blacks would be disenfranchised for decades to come. Amukelani Ngobeni, a youth leader with the black consciousness party the Azanian People's Organisation, is one such critic. With whites still earning six times more than blacks on average, he recently demanded Mandela apologise before he dies for "selling...
(Reuters (Eng) 15/07/13)
JOHANNESBURG, July 15 (Reuters) - South Africa's Chamber of Mines offered a 4 percent pay rise to gold industry workers on Monday, a fraction of the 60 to 100 percent demanded by trade unions in salary talks billed as the toughest since the end of apartheid in 1994. The Solidarity union, which represents mainly white-collar workers, said the gulf between the two sides was a sign of the "exceptionally challenging" weeks of negotiations that lie ahead. The country produced just 167 tonnes of gold in 2012, down from its zenith in the 1970s, when South Africa was digging up 1,000 tonnes a year. South Africa's mines operate at 4 km or more underground, a depth that imposes huge costs on...
(The Associated Press 15/07/13)
A former president of South Africa says he expects Nelson Mandela to soon be discharged from the hospital to recuperate at home. South Africa's Eyewitness News reported on Sunday that Thabo Mbeki was speaking at a memorial service Saturday when he predicted that Mandela would be going home. Mandela has been hospitalized for more than five weeks for a recurring lung infection, sparking an outpouring of support in South Africa and internationally. Friends who have visited him say he is on life support in the form of mechanical ventilation. The most recent official update on his health said Mandela was in critical but stable condition. The anti-apartheid hero spent 27 years in prison before becoming South Africa's first black president...
(France 24 13/07/13)
Évincé de l'ANC pour ses multiples provocations, le jeune Julius Malema a annoncé la création de sa propre formation politique. Un parti qui lui permettrait de prendre part aux élections générales de 2014. Exclu du Congrès national africain (ANC) en 2012 pour indiscipline, le jeune leader politique sud-africain Julius Malema s’apprête à lancer son propre parti afin de pouvoir concourir aux élections générales de 2014, dont l'ANC au pouvoir depuis 1994 est grand favori. La formation, appelée Combattants pour la liberté économique (Economic Freedom Fighters, EFF), "serait un mouvement de gauche radicale, anticapitaliste, anti-impérialiste, qui devrait participer aux élections", a déclaré l'ancien chef de la Ligue de jeunesse de l'ANC devant la presse, jeudi 11 juillet. EFF devrait être officiellement...
(The Associated Press 13/07/13)
Initiation ceremonies in South Africa have led to the deaths of 60 young men and the hospitalization of hundreds since May, sparking concern from officials about regulations surrounding a national tradition that determines when a boy becomes a man. The most recent deaths in the Eastern Cape province were caused by illegal schools set up for financial benefits that have undermined cultural traditions in the country, health minister Aaron Motsoaledi said this week. "This practice has been there for ages and was performed by traditional leaders in a very responsible manner," Motsoaledi told state TV. "But now it has turned into a commercial enterprise which has attracted a lot of people who I described as hooligans." Thirty initiates have died...
(AFP 12/07/13)
Graça Machel, l'épouse de Nelson Mandela, a indiqué vendredi qu'elle se sentait "moins anxieuse qu'il y a une semaine" alors que l'ancien président sud-africain âgé de bientôt 95 ans s'apprête à entamer sa sixième semaine d'hôpital dans un état critique mais stationnaire à Pretoria. "Il continue de bien réagir au traitement. Je dirais que je suis aujourd'hui moins anxieuse que je ne l'étais il y a une semaine", a-t-elle dit lors d'une brève déclaration à la chaîne de télévision publique SABC. Hospitalisé le 8 juin, Nelson Mandela est dans un état "critique" depuis le 23 juin. L'annulation le 26 juin d'un voyage du président Jacob Zuma avait fait craindre un décès imminent du héros de la lutte contre l'apartheid, avant...
(BBC News Africa 11/07/13)
Visitors flying into Johannesburg's airports gaze down upon the small, seemingly regular hills that ring the city that is known in Zulu as eGoli, "place of gold". These mine dumps are testament to the millions of tonnes of earth that have been shifted in the search for gold around the city over the past 130 years. But the gold mining industry that gave rise to one of Africa's biggest cities is now in crisis. Costs, including wages, have escalated over the past two decades and the gold itself is getting harder to get to. Some analysts describe the gold sector as in terminal decline - a sunset industry. Crucial wage negotiations start in South Africa's gold mining sector on Thursday,...
(Mail & Guardian 10/07/13)
Five people have been arrested since the start of the initiation season in the Eastern Cape, say police. The arrests were made in different parts of the province since May, Colonel Sibongile Soci said on Tuesday. Thirty initiates had died in the province during the current initiation season, the provincial health department said on Sunday. Department spokesperson Sizwe Kupelo said in the most recent case of botched circumcisions during the initiation season, 10 initiates were rescued from a forest in Mbizana. "The 10 initiates' private parts are rotten. They are badly damaged. Their condition is scary," he said. They were recovering in hospital. A total of 293 initiates are currently in hospitals in the province, and are recovering from dehydration,...
(News24 08/07/13)
Johannesburg - Metrobus workers started an indefinite strike on Monday morning demanding the suspension of the bus service's acting managing director, the SA Municipal Workers' Union (Samwu) said. "We are picketing just in front of the [Metrobus] headquarters," said Samwu chairperson at Metrobus, Phanuel Tshikovha. The union demanded that acting managing director Lawrence Maqekoane be suspended pending an investigation into allegations levelled against him. Metrobus general manager of human resources Ranti Mahlabana said in a statement that only around 44% of the service's buses were running on Monday morning. He said the dispute related to the recruitment of staff through Adecco recruitment services, which the union saw as a violation of a 2008 agreement on permanent staff. Mahlabana said Samwu...
(Reuters (Eng) 07/07/13)
America's wealthiest universities are venturing into Africa's fast-growing frontier markets in search of outsized investment returns that will allow them to offer scholarships, lure star professors and fund research. For Sub-Saharan Africa, recognition from these deep-pocketed U.S. institutions, who have often earned envy among fellow global investors for their strong returns, marks a significant shift. American university endowments - permanent funds of educational institutions - pride themselves on spotting new investment opportunities early, such as venture capital, private equity and natural resources such as timber. Combined, they manage assets of over $400 billion. A study of 831 endowments by the Commonfund Institute and the National Association of College and University Business Officers published this year showed their annual net returns...
(The Associated Press 06/07/13)
There was no official update Saturday morning on the condition of the 94-year-old former president, who is in critical but stable condition after being diagnosed with a recurring lung infection. He was taken to a hospital in Pretoria, the capital, on June 8. The government has said Mandela is not in a vegetative state, contrary to recent court documents. A close friend told Sky News that the anti-apartheid leader was conscious and responsive earlier this week. There has been an outpouring of concern in South Africa and around the world for Mandela, a transformative figure who led the tense shift from white rule to democracy two decades ago in a spirit of reconciliation.
(The Guardian 03/07/13)
Exhumation and reburial of former leader's three late children under way following unseemly family feud. The exhumation and reburial of Nelson Mandela's three late children was under way on Wednesday, after the courts stepped into an unseemly family feud that has shocked South Africa. The gates of grandson Mandla Mandela's homestead in Mvezo village were forced open by men with pickaxes and shovels so three black hearses could gain access. The bones of Mandela's deceased children were set to be returned from Mvezo to Qunu, where Mandela wants to be laid to rest. The civil war engulfing South Africa's most famous family has been condemned by the governing African National Congress (ANC) at a time when the statesman, known for...
( 02/07/13)
Former president Nelson Mandela continues to unite South Africa, even from his hospital bed, says Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. "Even stricken as he is in hospital, Madiba is uniting the nation again - this time in prayer," Tutu said at the opening of the Nelson Mandela Legacy Exhibition at the Cape Town Civic Centre on Sunday. Messages of support and prayers have been pouring in since the elder statesman was admitted to hospital in Pretoria on 8 June with a recurring lung infection. His doctors say his condition is stable but critical. Tutu said: "We come here not to lament ... but to remember some of our most precious moments. We come here to honour." Thanking God for the incredible...
(CNN 28/06/13)
(CNN) -- U.S. President Barack Obama headed to South Africa on Friday for the second leg of a trip overshadowed by the deteriorating health of anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela. Obama did not appear to rule out a visit to see the ailing former president, but said he will leave it up to the family. "We'll see what the situation is when we land," he said en route to Johannesburg. "I don't need a photo op, and the last thing I want to do is to be in any way obtrusive at a time when the family is concerned with Nelson Mandela's condition." The president left the United States on Wednesday for Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania -- his second visit...
(Ventures-Africa 26/06/13)
VENTURES AFRICA – South Africa’s Associated Mineworkers & Construction Union (AMCU) has made demands of more than 100 percent for all unskilled and semi-skilled employees in the gold sector. In a statement submitted to the gold industry (Chamber of Mines) on Tuesday, AMCU demanded a minimum entry level wage of $1,500 (R11, 500) for surface workers and $1,250 (R12, 500) for underground workers. The National Union of Mineworkers (NUM) submitted its wage demands around May 19 in which it said it was seeking an entry-level minimum monthly wage of $700 (R7, 000) for surface workers and $800 (R8,000) for underground miners. Elize Strydom, the industrial relations adviser at the CoM, said the minimum wage for surface workers is currently $470...
(Bloomberg 26/06/13)
No one has more to lose from gold’s bear market than South African producers as workers digging in the world’s deepest, costliest mines threaten to bring them to a standstill unless pay is more than doubled. Today the metal slipped to as low as $1,245 an ounce, a record quarterly drop and below production and capital spending expenses at Sibanye Gold Ltd. (SGL), Harmony Gold Mining Co. and Gold Fields Ltd. (GFI), figures compiled by Bloomberg show. Harmony’s South African output costs are the highest of the world’s 12 biggest producers by volume, according to Bloomberg Industries. “Anything below $1,400 an ounce is sort of a red line” for South African gold producers, said David Davis, a Johannesburg-based analyst at...

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