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2005-12-23 02:05:57

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - He spent 27 years in jail for his struggle against apartheid and has campaigned tirelessly against AIDS and poverty, but at 87, Nelson Mandela's New Year's resolution is to serve his people better. South Africa's first black president and a global icon for freedom and democracy, Mandela has urged South Africans reaping the rewards of a booming domestic economy to share their wealth with those less fortunate this Christmas. "The only resolution I can make is...

2005-11-11 08:12:53

By Alistair Thomson JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - When a crime wave tore through Johannesburg's urban jungle a decade ago, many South Africans retreated to ever bigger, plusher shopping malls where they felt safe from the guns, murder and rape raging outside. But the gunmen are catching up, and a spate of violent robberies in the smart malls and casinos of Africa's richest city have left shoppers and office workers feeling vulnerable in the chic consumer heavens they once considered safe...

2005-10-28 10:04:34

By John Chiahemen JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Nelson Mandela launched a new comic book about his life on Friday but said he could not comment much on his role as the main character for fear of exaggeration. "It is hard for me to say a lot about it," the anti-apartheid icon told a crowded news conference in Johannesburg. "I am not an expert on the subject of comics. And it would be unwise for me to discuss myself as the main character. We human beings tend to exaggerate most when we...

2005-10-28 07:46:41

By Rebecca Harrison JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Rape, murder, pedophilia and rare male nudity on the conservative African stage -- no wonder South Africa's hottest playwright is credited with revolutionizing theater in his homeland. Mpumelelo Paul Grootboom is part of a growing cadre of young black South African artists smashing through African taboos to portray in theater and film the ultraviolence and explicit sex they say reflects real life in the country's roughest townships....

2005-10-26 10:40:49

By John Chiahemen JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - For a white South African educated at an elite Afrikaner university, Nic Buchanan sounds brutal in his denunciation of the country's history as taught in schools and colleges in the apartheid era. "The history we were taught started with the arrival of Jan van Riebeeck in 1652," Buchanan says, referring to the first Dutch-descent white settler in South Africa. "Everything before then was written off as savagery or barbarism. Any story that...

2005-09-25 05:53:33

By Rebecca Harrison JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Tired of African films that make audiences want to slit their wrists, the director of the continent's top Oscar contender has opted for a universal tale of triumph over AIDS, poverty and violence. The South African-British film "Tsotsi," a raw but redemptive story about a Johannesburg gang leader, won the People's Choice award at the Toronto festival and is tipped for a foreign-language Oscar nomination. While "Tsotsi" -- township slang...

2005-09-03 20:28:22

By Gershwin Wanneburg JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Things certainly have changed at South Africa's public broadcaster, once the mouthpiece of the apartheid government. The South African Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) now runs stories that are highly critical of the ruling party and it has spruced up its image by using younger presenters, meant to stave off competition from newer, hip channels. But more than a decade after apartheid crumbled, SABC cannot shake off perceptions that it is...

2005-08-29 07:20:14

By Andrew Quinn JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Soweto, once famous for bitter anti-apartheid violence, launches its first annual wine festival this week as South Africa's wine industry seeks to cultivate a new breed of black wine connoisseur. "Wine is discerning, aspirational, sophisticated," Thami Xaba, one of the organizers of the September 2-4 festival, told journalists on Monday. "Black people now are enlightened. People are educated. We have to dispel the myth that people don't like...

2005-08-19 10:33:08

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former South African security policeman Gideon Nieuwoudt, who commanded the torture of anti-apartheid hero Steve Biko, has died at the age of 54 from cancer, SABC radio reported on Friday. Nieuwoudt was notorious as one of the apartheid government's most sinister operatives and was connected with several infamous cases which exposed the white government's brutality toward its political opponents. "Nieuwoudt was feared by the people that he interrogated,...

2005-08-17 07:07:52

By Helen Nyambura MOROGORO, Tanzania (Reuters) - When Monica Mathe married her South African husband, she also married his ideals, embracing the beliefs of an exiled member of the anti-apartheid African National Congress. Elias Mathe fled white rule in his homeland in the 1970s and underwent military training in Tanzania, where he met and married his wife. "I was a freedom fighter and got all the rights accorded to one," said Mathe, who works as a nurse in a hospital on the...


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cruet
  • A vial or small glass bottle, especially one for holding vinegar, oil, etc.; a caster for liquids.
This word is Middle English in origin, and ultimately comes from the Old French, diminutive of 'crue,' flask.
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