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June 6, 2010 | By Grahame L. Jones and Kevin Baxter
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 | Robyn Dixon
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.
May 29, 2011 | Richard Cromelin
Gil Scott-Heron, a singer, songwriter, poet and author whose social commentary and combination of spoken words with musical grooves are widely cited as a seminal influence on rap music, died Friday. He was 62. The Associated Press reported that a friend, Doris C. Nolan, who answered the telephone number listed for Scott-Heron's Manhattan recording company, said he died at St. Luke's Hospital in New York after becoming sick upon returning from a trip to Europe. Scott-Heron, who recorded and performed prolifically from the early 1970s until the mid-'80s before being derailed by drug addiction, was a vital link between the percussive polemics of New York's the Last Poets of the 1960s and such politically charged hip-hop forces as Public Enemy and Talib Kweli.
June 16, 1986 | Associated Press
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 | Times Wire Reports
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.
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