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Category Archives: South Africa
New Train – The Shongolo The Shongololo is part of a 201 billion-rand ($18.8 billion) rail overhaul and expansion plan aimed at boosting exports of coal, manganese and other commodities from Africa’s biggest economy. The train, whose name means millipede in Zulu, carries 200 coal wagons and can haul 16,800 metric tons of coal at… Continue reading
South Africa is one of the strongest supporters and members of the African Union. Because of their strong belief in the right to self-determination and their history with regards to this issue, South Africa will support the secession of Katanga from the DRC to Tanzania. South Africa advises that a vote be held in the… Continue reading
The government of South Sudan, in keeping with the principles outlined in the constitution of South Sudan, and in keeping with the principles that guided the founding of the republic, fully supports the union of Katanga Province and the United Republic of Tanzania. The government of South Sudan believes in the right of self-determination for… Continue reading
Platinum Strike Continues The platinum strike will soon be the biggest stoppage in the country’s mining sector since the end of apartheid in 1994, and it now threatens the viability of the industry. The strike has economic implications as well as political implications. Shareholders are growing concerned at the prospect of losses as almost half… Continue reading
South Africa and Nigeria The South African police have been accused of brutality against a Nigerian man in Capetown. Video of the attack was recorded and posted on several social media sites, angering the Nigerian government. The Nigerian government has said they will make sure justice is served and has contacted the South African government…. Continue reading
1. Mandela suffers many setbacks when it comes to education. Who are some other famous examples from history that suffered similarly and why do you think this is so? 2. We see several examples of struggle between British and African culture, such as Mandela’s taking of both an English and traditional name. What are some… Continue reading
DNA Law A new law in South Africa will expand a state DNA database used to fight crime. The new law will force police to take samples from convicted offenders as well as suspects in crimes ranging from homicide to theft. Police are receiving training in this new method of collecting genetic evidence. There is… Continue reading
Broken Promises The first election after the death of Nelson Mandela will be held May 7th. As the nation reflects on its history and the promises made by Mandela’s own party, the African National Congress, which has ruled since independence and never lost an election. However, the culture of protest has returned to South Africa… Continue reading
South Africa Gold Mine A fire took place in a gold mine west of Johannesburg. Eight miners were found dead, another eight were found unharmed, but one miner is still missing. The cause of the fire is still not clear. South Africa is the world’s fourth largest gold exporter and the largest platinum exporter. Platinum… Continue reading