April 12, 2013 |
Vuvuzelas might be on the way out during soccer games in South Africa, where Premier Soccer League officials are considering a ban on the plastic horns, but not for the reason one might think. The vuvuzela gained international attention during the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where the blare of the horn was a constant drone during play. As irritating as many found the sound, the fact that the horns have been used as weapons is now of concern to soccer officials. Vuvuzelas were among objects thrown at Orlando Pirates Coach Roger de Sa after a recent game in which fans were unhappy with the home team's draw against AmaZulu.
April 7, 2013 |
Long before Ernest Cole became one of South Africa's first black photojournalists, he had dreams of becoming a doctor, a bold aspiration for a young man coming of age during apartheid rule in the 1950s and 1960s. In an unpublished biography from late 1966 Cole wrote that it was a Baldafix folding camera in a drugstore window that caught his attention and set him on another path. A family friend lent him a twin lens reflex camera and he quickly began making money taking snapshots.
April 4, 2013 |
Less than two months after being charged in the shooting death of his girlfriend, sprinter Oscar Pistorius has been spotted on the track and could soon resume training. A picture of the double-amputee athlete, wearing his famed blades, appeared in the Thursday edition of the Afrikaans-language Beeld newspaper . Pistorius has denied intentionally shooting his girlfriend, Reeva Steenkamp, in the bathroom of his South African home on Valentine's Day, saying that he mistook her for an intruder.
March 29, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela is showing signs of recovery after his second night in a hospital for treatment of a recurring lung infection, President Jacob Zuma said Friday. Mandela was admitted to the hospital in Pretoria shortly before midnight Wednesday. The unexpected late-night admission and reports that the infection had advanced rapidly alarmed many South Africans. However, Zuma issued a statement Friday afternoon that Mandela, South Africa's first black president, "is in good spirits and enjoyed a full breakfast this morning.
March 29, 2013 |
Barely a decade old, the BRICS alliance forged to challenge Western-dominated global economic strategy may already have outlived its purpose. The collaborative five-country bloc that came together to create a counterweight to the Group of 7 rich-nation club failed at its summit in South Africa this week to deliver on promises to pool resources and create a $50-billion development bank to foster growth in developing nations. That countries as diverse as Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa couldn't forge a common blueprint came as little surprise to those who follow the arcane world of multilateral development strategy.
March 28, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- Nelson Mandela was readmitted to a hospital after a worrying recurrence of the lung infection he suffered in December, the South African presidency announced Thursday. It was the third time Mandela, known affectionately to South Africans by his clan name, Madiba, has been hospitalized since December. The unexpected late-night admission rang alarm bells for many. South Africa's first black president went into a hospital in Pretoria just before midnight.