June 6, 2010 |
Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa — Five days ahead of the most significant sporting event ever to take place on the African continent, soccer's 2010 World Cup on Sunday ran slap bang into the reality that is Africa. A tune-up game between Nigeria and North Korea in the northern Johannesburg neighborhood of Tembisa suddenly became a news event when hundreds of fans stampeded twice while trying to enter a small stadium. Before order had been restored, a policeman had been seriously injured when he was crushed against a gate, and 14 fans had to be taken to hospital with assorted injuries, none of them believed serious.
August 20, 2009 |
Day two, it turns out, is the worst. When the power goes off in my neighborhood, it takes awhile for the consequences to seep in. So, OK, no Facebook, no Twitter, no e-mail, no Google, no hourly news check. No computer. No fax, printer or photocopier. Worse: No stove, no reading lights. No bathroom light, which brings me to . . . no hot water. Then, more dire consequences. In one of the world's worst crime cities, no alarm, no lighting around the house. And not to mention that it's cold with no heater on a wintry day in Johannesburg.
December 14, 1997
Regarding "A Romantic's Safari" (Oct. 5) on Botswana, I noticed an omission from your list of ways to travel to Johannesburg, South Africa. I just returned from a trip there via American Airlines. They go through Miami (where you change planes) to Cape Town (stop, but no change of planes) and on to Johannesburg; and through New York (only one change of planes in New York) to Johannesburg. It's a code-share with South African Airways. Great service. Right on time. Much better than going through London as you suggested, I think.
May 23, 1988
A member of South Africa's Parliament was shot to death as he left a church near Johannesburg, police reported. Pieter Jacobs, a Labor Party member of the Colored (mixed-race) chamber of the tricameral legislature, which has separate chambers for whites, Asians and Coloreds, was about to drive away from the church in Alberton when an assailant shot him.
May 2, 1989
A prominent white anti-apartheid activist was shot and killed outside his home in suburban Johannesburg, South Africa, by an assailant firing from a passing car, police said. Colleagues said they believe that David J. Webster, 44, was assassinated because of his political activities. He was shot in the back as he unloaded his van in Troyville after a trip to a garden center and bakery with a companion, who was not hurt. Webster was a lecturer in social anthropology at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg.
June 16, 1986 |
Millions of blacks, confronted with the harshest government crackdown ever, today staged a nationwide strike to mark the 10th anniversary of riots in Soweto that killed 600 people and galvanized the anti-apartheid struggle. Residents in black areas said clashes with security forces increased toward evening. Youths in Soweto and New Brighton near Port Elizabeth blocked streets with blazing tires and threw stones.
July 9, 2009 |
Thousands of South African construction workers went on an indefinite strike at stadiums being built for the 2010 World Cup. Workers are demanding a 13% pay increase while employers are offering 10.4%. The strike could delay completion of projects such as the Soccer City stadium in Johannesburg and stadiums in Cape Town and Durban. The venues must be completed by December to meet deadlines set by the game's ruling body. The tournament kicks off in 2010.
March 11, 1987 |
An American missionary imprisoned in South Africa since Dec. 17 was released early today, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) said the State Department notified him. Father Casimir Paulsen, 51, a Roman Catholic missionary who has worked in Africa since 1966, was released from custody in the black homeland of Transkei and was expected to go to Johannesburg to meet with U.S. officials, Levin's office said. He was given 24 hours to leave the homeland.