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2006-09-05 03:23:07

By Tom Miles CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in South Africa on Tuesday, starting a historic two-day visit on Tuesday which will see Russia stepping up investment in the country. Putin was met on arrival by South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Russian officials before leaving for talks with South African President Thabo Mbeki in Cape Town. His visit is the first by a Russian head of state to sub-Saharan Africa. The Kremlin said in...

2006-09-05 02:18:26

By Tom Miles CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in South Africa on Tuesday, starting a historic two-day visit on Tuesday which will see Russia stepping up investment in the country. Putin was met on arrival by South African Foreign Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma and Russian officials before leaving for talks with South African President Thabo Mbeki in Cape Town. His visit is the first by a Russian head of state to sub-Saharan Africa. The Kremlin said in...

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,"...


Word of the Day
endocarp
  • The hard inner (usually woody) layer of the pericarp of some fruits (as peaches or plums or cherries or olives) that contains the seed.
This word comes from the Greek 'endon,' in, within, plus the Greek 'kardia,' heart.
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