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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...

2006-09-01 07:10:35

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Journalist John Pilger is scathing in his criticism of the "whiter than white" economic policies of the South African government, which he says have enriched a few blacks at the expense of millions of others. In his new book "Freedom Next Time," the combative Australian-born writer says the African National Congress sold its soul to corporate bosses over glasses of single malt whiskey. "It was as if the ANC aspired to be whiter than white in...

2006-07-28 07:35:00

By Gershwin Wanneburg JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - When Jacob Zuma enters court for his corruption trial this month, more will be at stake than the reputation of South Africa's former deputy president. The case against Zuma, once the front-runner to succeed President Thabo Mbeki, has exposed splits in the ruling African National Congress (ANC), the party that under Nelson Mandela led South Africa from apartheid to multiracial politics. Analysts say the ANC is facing its worst crisis in years....

2006-07-18 06:35:59

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Nelson Mandela celebrated a quiet 88th birthday with his family on Tuesday as South Africans wished the anti-apartheid hero many more birthdays to come. Mandela, who formally retired from public life in 2004, spent the day with his extended family in his ancestral home of Qunu in the rural Eastern Cape province. He had no public events scheduled. But South Africa's media was awash with birthday cheer. Radio call-in shows and newspapers brimmed with goodwill...

2006-07-17 14:02:17

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Nelson Mandela said on Monday he "never imagined" reaching the age of 88 as he received one of his first birthday presents -- a shipment of rum and cigars from Cuban President Fidel Castro. As well wishes poured in ahead of the anti-apartheid icon's birthday on Tuesday, Mandela held a private party with the staff of his foundation and blew out candles on a giant birthday cake. "In my younger days I never imagined that such an occasion would...

2006-07-06 07:30:00

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG - A new biography of Nelson Mandela explores his iconic global appeal and traces his conciliatory political style to a patrician birth and childhood shielded from the indignities of South African racism. "Mandela: A Critical Life," by political analyst Tom Lodge, may raise a few eyebrows for its human portrayal and occasional gentle criticism of a man whom many regard as a secular saint. However, as humility is one of Mandela's endearing traits, it seems doubtful...

2006-07-05 20:11:34

By Ed Stoddard JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A new biography of Nelson Mandela explores his iconic global appeal and traces his conciliatory political style to a patrician birth and childhood shielded from the indignities of South African racism. "Mandela: A Critical Life," by political analyst Tom Lodge, may raise a few eyebrows for its human portrayal and occasional gentle criticism of a man whom many regard as a secular saint. However, as humility is one of Mandela's endearing traits,...

2006-06-23 07:48:24

By Paul Simao JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Buried beneath a thick layer of dirt on a former farm in a northern Johannesburg suburb is the most famous gun in South African history. Or so a team of historians believe. For the past week, a bulldozer has been digging on the Liliesleaf farm in Rivonia in search of the Bulgarian pistol that former South African President Nelson Mandela hid weeks before his 1962 arrest by the nation's white rulers. The effort to find the gun -- which was...

2006-06-22 10:25:59

By John Chiahemen JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Bulldozers have joined archaeologists to search for a handgun buried by Nelson Mandela in a former hideout just before he was arrested and jailed by South Africa's apartheid rulers more than 40 years ago. The gun was given to Mandela by an Ethiopian colonel in 1962 when Mandela traveled secretly out of white-ruled South Africa for military training. The previous year Mandela had formed Umkhonto we Sizwe (MK), or Spear of the Nation, to lead...

2006-06-16 08:22:17

By Paul Simao JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African youths should fight the modern-day scourges of crime and corruption just as their counterparts fought apartheid in the Soweto uprising 30 years ago, President Thabo Mbeki said on Friday. Even today, the uprising remains one of the defining moments of the anti-apartheid movement and a touchstone for the generation that fought against white minority rule and who would lead South Africa into the democratic era. Mbeki, marking...


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