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2006-08-24 09:06:50

By Andrew Quinn JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - AIDS activists launched protests on Thursday demanding the dismissal of South Africa's health minister as a new study said the country faced close to 9 million new HIV cases by 2025 if the crisis was not contained. The Treatment Action Campaign, nominated for a Nobel Peace prize in 2003 for its AIDS activism, said Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang was to blame for an epidemic which kills more than 900 South Africans every day. "We face...

2006-08-24 04:31:00

By Andrew Quinn JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - AIDS activists launched protests on Thursday demanding the dismissal of South Africa's health minister as a new study said the country faced as many as 9 million new HIV cases by 2025 if the crisis is not contained. The Treatment Action Campaign, nominated for a Nobel Peace prize in 2003 for its AIDS activism, said Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang was to blame for an epidemic which kills more than 900 South Africans every day. "We...

2006-08-22 12:40:19

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Zackie Achmat, one of South Africa's top AIDS activists, appeared in court on Tuesday on trespassing charges after leading a protest against government policies to fight the disease. Achmat and dozens of Treatment Action Campaign (TAC) activists were arrested last week for demonstrating in a government building in Cape Town. The court appearances came barely a week after the South African government's AIDS policies came under renewed attack at a global...

2006-08-14 03:04:40

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A South African lifeguard had his foot bitten "clean off" when a shark attacked him during a training exercise off a beach near Cape Town, officials said. Achmat Hassiem, 24, and his brother and fellow lifeguard Taariq, 17, were in the water off False Bay on Sunday when Achmat spotted a shark and yelled to his brother to get into a nearby boat. "I got in the boat. The shark turned and went straight for my brother," Taariq told the SAPA news agency. "I stuck...

2006-08-03 10:00:00

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Heavy rain drenched large parts of South Africa's southern areas on Thursday, flooding roads and damaging houses in devastating storms, while deep snow forced mountain passes to close. Temperatures dropped to record lows for August as snow fell in industrial hub Johannesburg for the first time in eight years in what local residents say is an unusually severe winter. The city saw a high of 7 degrees Celsius (44 Fahrenheit) on Wednesday -- the lowest daily high recorded in...

2006-08-03 10:00:00

CAPE TOWN -- Heavy rain drenched large parts of South Africa's southern areas on Thursday, flooding roads and damaging houses in devastating storms, while deep snow forced mountain passes to close. Temperatures dropped to record lows for August as snow fell in industrial hub Johannesburg for the first time in eight years in what local residents say is an unusually severe winter. The city saw a high of 7 degrees Celsius (44 Fahrenheit) on Wednesday -- the lowest daily high recorded in August...

2006-02-21 09:42:22

By Gordon Bell MACASSAR, South Africa (Reuters) - On the face of it President Thabo Mbeki was having a great time as he took his ruling ANC's campaign for March 1 local elections to poor townships of South Africa's Western Cape on Tuesday. Residents of this mixed-race township outside Cape Town mobbed Mbeki as he walked through the streets, but many others were grumbling loudly about poor municipal services. Complaints over lack of or deteriorating basic services have dogged Mbeki's...

2006-02-08 03:21:02

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - At least 11 people were killed in South Africa when a bus left the road and crashed in a storm, the latest in a series of accidents to strike the country's bus companies, local media said on Wednesday. Police said the long-distance bus traveling from the rural Eastern Cape to Cape Town was carrying about 50 people when it crashed and rolled outside the town of Aberdeen, the SAPA news agency reported. "There were six females, four males and one child killed,"...

2006-01-02 20:45:14

By Diane Coetzer JOHANNESBURG (Billboard) - More than a decade after the end of the apartheid era, when many acts shunned South Africa, the country is becoming a key destination for many international performers. American R&B artists John Legend, Missy Elliott and Leela James all played in the country in December. In March 2006, several overseas acts will arrive for a major festival series. And in April, superstar Robbie Williams will open his world tour here. South Africa is...

2005-12-21 08:15:00

CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Fifteen African ducks have won Cape Town's battle of the birds, replacing more hardy European species that have been forcibly removed from the South African tourist city's reservoirs. Officials this week released native yellow-billed ducks into two reservoirs after removing 26 mallard ducks and members of five other alien species in a programme to wipe out alien fauna and flora in the area -- recognized as one of the world's smallest distinct local ecosystems. "The...


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