May 9, 1995 |
A mischievous smile spread across the face of producer Kenosi Modisani as the tape of thickly African-accented English began to roll in the studios of SAfm, the revamped flagship radio station of President Nelson Mandela's new South Africa. "The aunties on pensions hate this: a black man talking about economics," the 36-year-old Modisani said in an acid reference to South Africa's English-speaking elite, which made up an avid audience when the state-owned station was known as Radio South Africa.
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March 19, 1995 |
Amy Biehl would have turned 28 next week. Her parents say she would have taken the occasion to look back on her life and consider the miraculous changes she worked toward--before going right back to work helping others. But Biehl's life was cut short 19 months ago by an angry mob in South Africa, just months before the historic elections she worked so hard to see, and years before she accomplished all she could have done.
February 16, 1995 |
Armed with clubs and leashed dogs, white protesters tried to stop black students from attending a high school in their neighborhood Wednesday but were pushed back by riot police. It was the first major confrontation over South Africa's new education policy, which allows black students to attend school with white students as well as use any underutilized schools in white areas.
June 8, 1994 |
An official commission will investigate state-sanctioned murders and the catalogue of other human rights abuses committed under apartheid, this nation's African National Congress-led government decided Tuesday. But eager to allay fears within South Africa's security forces of Nuremberg-style trials, officials also offered a new amnesty for politically motivated crimes to those who are prepared to confess before the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
April 19, 1994 |
Louis, 32, human resources and industrial relations manager Mercia, 30, teacher Juanita, 4 Chris, 2 Kotie, 56, Louis Botha's widowed mother * Home: Amsterdam, Eastern Transvaal * Politics: Leaning toward National Party * Background: Descended from Dutch, German and French Huguenots who arrived in 17th Century. * Louis Botha: "White South Africans, Afrikaans- or English-speaking, are extremely unsure .... about the future....
April 19, 1994
The southern tip of the African continent, a territory of high plateaus, rolling grasslands and the escarpment of the 10,000-foot Drakensberg Range, is a big land, but not big enough for all the peoples who have contended for its resources through the centuries. The San were the indigenous people, and early immigrants were the pastoral Khoikhoi and the Bantu-speakers from the north.