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.
March 9, 2012 |
Spoek Mathambo grew up in the Johannesburg township of Soweto, where his adolescence was defined by the end of apartheid. Now 27, this South African singer-rapper-producer has emerged as one of the year's most exciting new artists, with a bold sound bent on stylistic desegregation and an unlikely relationship with an American indie-rock label. Mathambo funnels a dizzying number of influences - both musical and cultural - into “Father Creeper,” due out Tuesday on Seattle's Sub Pop. His music is an electro-acoustic melee of swaggering rap verses, scratchy rock guitar, singsong vocal hooks and staticky white noise.
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.
April 3, 2009 |
Three men convicted of murdering an internationally known South African reggae star in a botched carjacking were sentenced by a judge to life in prison. Lucky Dube's 2007 killing drew worldwide attention to crime in South Africa, which has one of the world's highest murder rates. The 43-year-old singer was gunned down in his car in front of his children in suburban Johannesburg. "The accused showed no mercy for the deceased," Judge Seun Moshidi said. "It is difficult for the court to extend any mercy today."
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.