February 25, 1994 |
Hundreds of rescuers used dogs and sonar equipment to search Thursday for up to 64 people missing after a wave of poisonous sludge from a burst South African gold mine dam engulfed their homes. Police Col. Joe Malherbe said the bodies of 13 people had been recovered. The number of missing stood at 88 early Thursday but was later dropped to 64. The figure changed as people feared buried alive reported to police or rescuers during the day that they were not caught in the path of the killer wave.
September 9, 2007 |
The two men stared at each other for a long moment, captor and captive: a white game farmer named Andre Nienaber, with mirrored sunglasses, neatly pressed khaki clothes and an aura of military precision; and a 16-year-old Zimbabwean orphan named Peter Jell, wearing a cap marked "Jesus" and the desperate look of someone who knew he was headed back to the country he had risked his life to escape.
October 2, 1987
Devastating floods in South Africa's Natal province have killed 145 people, left 76 missing and damaged up to 50,000 homes, Dr. Willie Van Niekirk, minister of health, said. "I have no doubt this is the biggest natural disaster this country has ever encountered," he added as a five-day deluge abated, at least temporarily. At least 20,000 Zulu villagers are reported homeless, and water rationing is expected to be imposed in Durban. President Pieter W.