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The Deafening Silence on the Lives and Deaths of the Zama Zama Miners

In the last few weeks, a terrible tragedy has been unfolding right beneath the feet of Johannesburgers. Several miners − estimates vary from many dozen to just over ten − have been trapped underground. Their bodies are being recovered very slowly, one by one.

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Nelson Mandela Did Not Walk Alone

In the early 1990s I was teaching Economics in a fifth floor classroom at Khanya College in downtown Johannesburg. During one of my early lessons at Khanya I was in the middle of explaining supply curves when a roaring sound from the street below began to disturb my teaching.

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South Africa’s progress on MDGs questioned

JOHANNESBURG – With five years left till the Millennium Development Goals’ 2015 deadline, civil society groups say South Africa has made progress on some goals but regressed on others.

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South Africa: five people hurt in more xenophobic violence

Tensions are running high in South Africa after 5 people were injured Monday evening in more xenophobia fuelled violence, in the KyaSands area of north-western Johannesburg. Some of those injured were Zimbabweans. According to media reports police had to use rubber bullets, helicopters and armoured vehicles to take control of the situation. At least 10 people were arrested as armed police moved from house to house.

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SIF Africa, the ethical side of finance

Ethical finance is growing roots in Africa. The possibility of making this huge continent a hub for Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) investments is becoming more real. Even if it is plagued by poverty, famine and wars, Africa could play an important role in promoting a new side to development, improving the quality of life and protecting the environment.

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GLOBAL: Young people lead “prevention revolution”

JOHANNESBURG – Across the world, but especially in parts of sub-Saharan Africa, young people are taking action to protect themselves from HIV, says a new study by UNAIDS.

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