November 13, 1997 |
Five soft-spoken youths nod in unison while tasting a 1995 Warwick pinot noir and listening to Jabulani Ntshangase detail its superior qualities over a lesser vintage they already tried. They are the first black students in Stellenbosch University's winemaking program. Ntshangase, who found his calling in the wine business while studying in the United States, pushed the idea and helped raise their tuition money.
November 16, 1991 |
The subject was molasses. As a Swiss business consultant recalls it, her Italian clients were planning a molasses processing plant in Kenya when she was called to a meeting with representatives of several Kenyan Cabinet ministers and their bankers. To approve the project--designed largely to provide work for unemployed Kenyans--the ministers were demanding "commissions" of 10% each.
August 6, 2007 |
NTSIKI Biyela looked curiously at the red liquid in her glass, wondering what to expect. She was listening to a connoisseur who swirled his glass about, passionately extolling the perfumes of blackberries and cigar box that she was supposed to be appreciating. Biyela smelled, as instructed, but there had never been any blackberries or cigar boxes in the Zulu village where she grew up, fetching water from the river and firewood from the forest every day. The liquid smelled alien.
March 12, 2002 |
A Congolese wine lover who has penetrated this country's exclusive wine industry wants to cultivate African palates while marketing what he hopes will be an outstanding product. Telecommunications tycoon Miko Rwayitare bought the small Mont Rochelle vineyard in the premier Western Cape viniculture region of Franschhoek last year. His main objective is to create a variety that will revolutionize the quality of South African wine and the way it is perceived both at home and abroad.
February 4, 1992 |
At least 10 miners were killed and 16 were hurt Monday by falling rocks at a gold mine near Johannesburg, prompting union demands for an investigation. The mine owner, Anglo American Corp. of South Africa Ltd., said the accident occurred 7,800 feet below the surface at the Western Deep Levels mine after an earth temblor. About 700 miners, most of them black, died in accidents in South Africa's mining industry last year.
July 18, 1999
Kenya, suffering a slump in tourist traffic, is waiving visas for short-term visitors. Americans who plan to stay less than 30 days in this East African nation, renowned for its game parks and safaris, will no longer have to pay the $50 visa fee, the Kenyan government announced. Last month, gunmen robbed two dozen American tourists aboard vans en route to the Masai Mara game park.