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South Africa Probes Deadly Bus Crash – Voice of America

South African police are going through the wreckage of a double-decker bus to find the cause of a crash that killed 24 people Friday in a mountain pass near Cape Town. Authorities say the bus veered off a road 140 kilometers northeast of the city in the Hex River pass and landed on […]

For South Africa’s Via Katlehong dancers, life isn’t only a cabaret – The Star-Ledger – NJ.com

Members of Via Katlehong in “Katlehong Cabaret” Laurent Paillier   Survival is still the No. 1 issue in the poverty-stricken townships of South Africa. Yet according to the artists of Via Katlehong Dance, a company based in the township of the same name near Johannesburg, the nightlife in the honky-tonk bars known as “shebeens” is […]

Head of US Africa command warns of Islamic threat – Huffington Post

WASHINGTON — The chief of the U.S. Africa Command warned on Friday that threats from Islamic extremists in Africa are increasing and if unchecked could pose a greater danger to American interests and allies. Army Gen. Carter Ham faced some wary members of the House Armed Services Committee, who questioned a robust U.S. military involvement […]

Fire leave thousands homeless in South Africa – Aljazeera.com

Two people have died and 600 informal homes have been destroyed in South Africa’s winelands after a fire razed a shantytown, according to a fire services official. The blaze spread rapidly across a large area in Kayamandi in the wine-producing town of Stellenbosch, near Cape Town, in the early hours of Friday. “We had two fatalities,” Leon […]

Head of US Africa command warns of threat from radical Islamic sect – Fox News

WASHINGTON –  The chief of the U.S. Africa Command warned on Friday that threats from Islamic extremists in Africa are increasing and if unchecked could pose a greater danger to American interests and allies. Army Gen. Carter Ham faced some wary members of the House Armed Services Committee, who questioned a robust U.S. military involvement […]

For South Africa’s Via Katlehong dancers, life isn’t only a cabaret – The Star-Ledger – NJ.com

Members of Via Katlehong in “Katlehong Cabaret” Laurent Paillier   Survival is still the No. 1 issue in the poverty-stricken townships of South Africa. Yet according to the artists of Via Katlehong Dance, a company based in the township of the same name near Johannesburg, the nightlife in the honky-tonk bars known as “shebeens” is […]

South Africa Moves to Strengthen its Economic Standing – Voice of America

— South Africa is set to host it first BRICS summit as the newest member of this group of developing economies comprising Brazil, Russia, India and China.  As the Durban meeting approaches later this month, South African are wondering what its role as host will bring to the country — and the continent. South […]

‘Western diseases’ drive pharma boom in Africa – CNN International

‘Western diseases’ drive pharma boom in Africa – CNN International

CNN Marketplace Africa is a weekly show offering a unique window into African business on and off the continent. (CNN) — Major pharmaceutical companies are increasingly looking to harness Africa’s opportunity, lured by an emerging middle class across the continent’s growing urban centers. Although the total size of the African market is still small compared […]

Africa doesn’t need our ‘pity’ – CNN

Africa doesn’t need our ‘pity’ – CNN

Editor’s note: John D. Sutter is a human rights and social justice columnist for CNN Opinion. E-mail him at CTL@CNN.com or follow him on Twitter (@jdsutter), Facebook or Google+. Austin, Texas (CNN) — “Men don’t play netball.” “Men just jump like goats.” “They can’t handle it.” “They are too serious.” “They can’t take abuse from […]

In ‘Miriam,’ Nora Chipaumire considers Africa and women – Boston Globe

Though the Zimbabwe- born dancer and choreographer Nora Chipaumire has been working and living in America for years, her native land, its people, and its politics are often central in her art. Her 2012 dance “Miriam” is, in part, an investigation of assumptions and stereotypes about Africa, as well as those of the female body. […]