Dimanche 24 Septembre 2017
(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...
(AFP (eng) 25/06/13)
JOHANNESBURG, June 25, 2013 (AFP) - South Africa's upstart labour union, the Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union on Tuesday demanded a 100 percent hike in sectoral wages. The militant union filed its tough demand ahead of annual wage negotiations, also requiring increased housing allowances, nine months paid maternity leave for women and medical care. "We have submitted our demands to the chamber and we are hoping for a fruitful dialogue to afford the workers a living wage," said AMCU deputy leader Jimmy Gama. South Africa's mining sector has been rattled by a series of violent labour disputes over the last year, including one day of carnage that saw 34 striking miners killed by police last August. Many fear this...
(BBC News Africa 25/06/13)
Land reform is a thorny issue in South Africa; for some it conjures up images of Zimbabwe-like land grabs and raises tensions in small farming communities. The 1913 Natives Land Act divided the country into white and black areas and a century later, most of the country's best land remains in the hands of a few thousand white commercial farmers, while tens of thousands of black peasants are crammed together in less fertile areas. Read more here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-africa-22967906
(The Sowetan 19/06/13)
The Democratic Alliance was very quiet about the suspension of its Eastern Cape councillor who circulated a racist e-mail, the ANC said. "It has not issued even a single statement condemning [Stanford] Slabbert for his racially offensive remarks," Chief Whip Mathole Motshekga said in a statement. "But this should not be a surprise, as the party did not condemn another racist insult made recently by its MEC in the Western Cape, Theuns Botha." During a debate in the Western Cape legislature Botha had reportedly shouted "'n bobbejaan sê hoe" (a baboon says how) to ANC MPL Ntombizodwa Magwaza. Botha was asked to withdraw the remarks and apologise. Motshekga demanded action be taken against Botha. Stanford Slabbert was suspended from the...
(Bloomberg 19/06/13)
Sibanye Gold Ltd. (SGL), which mines all of its metal in South Africa, said it will trim 305 million rand ($31 million) of annual costs in addition to plans set out before its spinoff from Gold Fields Ltd. (GFI) in February. The gold producer will make the savings from job cuts, reducing overtime and lowering power usage, the Westonaria-based company said in a presentation published on its website today. The savings are in addition to 499 million rand of cost reductions already in its 2013 plans, it said. The company will tackle the “inappropriate organizational structures” and “low operational effectiveness” that it inherited from Gold Fields, Sibanye said in the presentation. Sibanye was spun off from Gold Fields in February...
(Mail & Guardian 18/06/13)
Russia and Turkey have joined SA in expressing outrage over revelations that the UK and the US spied on foreign delegates at G20 meetings in 2009. Turkey's government summoned Britain's charge d'affaires on Monday to explain a newspaper report that London put its finance minister, Mehmet Simsek, under surveillance during the talks. Moscow, meanwhile, expressed concern that US spies intercepted communications made by then president Dmitry Medvedev while he was in Britain, and some Russian lawmakers warned it could harm US-Russian ties. South Africa's government on Monday demanded that allegations of South African computers also being singled out for special attention must be investigated. International relations and cooperation department spokesperson Clayson Monyela said on Monday the government noted with concern...
(Mail & Guardian 17/06/13)
Former president Nelson Mandela's wife Graça Machel has thanked SA for the outpouring of "love and generosity" during Madiba's stay in hospital. Machel issued a statement via the Nelson Mandela Centre for Memory on Monday morning, as Mandela entered his tenth day in a Pretoria hospital, where he is being treated for a lung infection. "Madiba once said, 'What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made in the lives of others.' I have thought of his words on each occasion the world stood with him, making a difference to him, in his healing," Machel said. She said the outpouring of affection and support had come from South Africans,...
(AFP (eng) 12/06/13)
Nelson Mandela is responding better to treatment, South African President Jacob Zuma said Wednesday as the frail anti-apartheid hero spent a fifth day in hospital. His family said they were "deeply touched" by the outpouring of support from around the world for the 94-year-old Mandela since he was admitted to a private clinic in Pretoria on Saturday with a recurring lung infection. "I am happy to report that Madiba is responding better to treatment from this morning," Zuma told parliament, using the Mandela's clan name. His announcement was greeted with loud cheers from lawmakers, who, like millions of South Africans, have been on edge over Mandela's latest health scare. Until now, the government had described his condition as "serious but...

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