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2006-06-16 08:01:17

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...

2006-06-16 07:22:37

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...

2006-03-14 06:35:28

By Rebecca Harrison JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A suicide bomber blows your only son to pieces. A paramilitary guns down your father. An intruder rapes you and murders your husband. Could you forgive them? "The F word: images of forgiveness" exhibition showcases the personal stories of those struck by tragedy around the world, asking how victims are able to forgive the seemingly unforgivable and sometimes bringing them face to face with their attackers. "Forgiveness is such a complex...

2006-02-27 10:26:21

By Gershwin Wanneburg JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's ruling ANC looks set to overcome growing public anger over poor services, graft and its own internal divisions to secure another sweeping victory in Wednesday's local government elections, analysts say. With the opposition limited to narrow campaigns along race or class lines, the anti-apartheid party once led by Nelson Mandela appears to be keeping its hold -- for now -- on South African voter loyalty. Several townships...

2006-02-27 08:10:00

By Andrew Quinn NGOBI, South Africa (Reuters) - For supporters of South Africa's ruling ANC, the road to the tiny village of Ngobi offers physical proof of a promise kept by the party which ended apartheid. Branching off the modern highway north of the capital Pretoria, the smooth dirt road cuts through dusty scrubland to the village, which could only be reached by foot before white rule ended in 1994. Small tin shacks cozy up to larger rural homesteads, a sign of rising wealth among Ngobi...

2006-02-22 08:15:00

By Mboniso Sigonyela SOWETO, South Africa (Reuters) - After a search and waiting period of six years, Russell Rivombo is about to move into his luxury three-bedroom, double-garage home. His pride and joy is not in the northern wealthy suburbs of Johannesburg but in Soweto, a township south of South Africa's financial capital created for blacks under apartheid. "I asked the agents for the place a while ago, I had the approval (loan) ... but there was just nothing in the areas I wanted,"...

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...

2006-02-09 08:10:00

By Rebecca Harrison JOHANNESBURG -- Slender legs in sparkling stilettos stretch seductively across the billboard at the heart of Johannesburg's business district, trying to lure South Africans to a smart strip club chain. Down the road, an entire fake Tuscan village draws thousands of people every day to pour coins into slot machines and slap down wads of cash at its plush casinos. Strip clubs and gambling -- banned until a decade ago under apartheid -- are now big business here thanks to a...

2006-01-19 03:30:49

By Marius Bosch JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African businessman Anton Rupert, who founded Swiss-listed luxury goods group Richemont, has died, his family said on Thursday. Rupert, 89, whose family is among the 500 richest in the world with assets worth around $1.7 billion according to business magazine Forbes, built up a business empire spanning several continents after starting to manufacture cigarettes in his garage in the 1940s. Family spokesman Hans Knoetze said Rupert --...

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...


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tesla
  • The unit of magnetic flux density in the International System of Units, equal to the magnitude of the magnetic field vector necessary to produce a force of one newton on a charge of one coulomb moving perpendicular to the direction of the magnetic field vector with a velocity of one meter per second. It is equivalent to one weber per square meter.
This word is named for Nikola Tesla, the inventor, engineer, and futurist.