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2005-08-11 15:32:12

By Eric Onstad RANDFONTEIN, South Africa (Reuters) - South African gold miner Remaketsi Lekoala misses his wife and five children. When he started work at the Cooke gold mine west of Johannesburg 18 years ago, he knew he would have to leave his family at home hundreds of miles away and live in a crowded, all-male hostel due to the strict apartheid laws. After white-minority rule was abolished 11 years ago, he hoped to reunite his family in improved housing so he could see them more...

2005-08-10 09:28:52

By Eric Onstad RANDFONTEIN, South Africa (Reuters) - South African gold miner Remaketsi Lekoala misses his wife and five children. When he started work at the Cooke gold mine west of Johannesburg 18 years ago, he knew he would have to leave his family at home hundreds of miles away and live in a crowded, all-male hostel due to the strict apartheid laws. After white-minority rule was abolished 11 years ago, he hoped to reunite his family in improved housing so he could see them more than...

2005-07-26 00:06:55

By Rebecca Harrison JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Racist sharks that only devour white swimmers, husband-snatching witchdoctors, and a magic tree with penis-enlarging leaves. Such lurid tales ensure that South Africa's young tabloid industry is riding a wave of sales. Driven by a classic red-top formula of sex and celebrity with a distinctive African bent, the introduction of tabloids has proved a hit with the country's black majority 11 years after the fall of apartheid. "It has all the news...

2005-07-23 11:58:03

By Marius Bosch JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's 33-20 win over Australia on Saturday drew Nelson Mandela's 87th birthday celebrations to a sparkling close, a decade after he helped spur the Springboks to their first Rugby World Cup win. "Madiba magic worked for us," South Africa rugby captain John Smit said, referring to Mandela's clan name used by his countrymen. Saturday's game between South Africa and Australia for the Mandela Challenge Plate marked the end of a week-long...

2005-07-17 03:03:24

By Andrew Quinn JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's Nelson Mandela turns 87 on Monday, an increasingly fragile icon whose moral message nevertheless grows louder with each passing year. Unlike earlier birthdays, which saw the Nobel laureate party with film stars, royalty and adoring children, this anniversary will spotlight Mandela's political legacy rather than his celebrity allure, officials say. Nelson Mandela Foundation officials and associates say the focus is firmly on ensuring...

2005-07-06 02:36:26

By Alain Ngono JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa has embarked on ashake-up of its educational system to enable students to beeducated in any of the country's 11 official languages rangingfrom Afrikaans and English to Xhosa and Zulu. Officials describe the policy as an important step towarddeveloping indigenous African languages which were ignored orsuppressed under decades of white apartheid rule. "It is our legal obligation to develop a policy thatincorporates all South African...

2005-06-28 05:22:50

By Lucia Mutikani JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Margaret Magondo negotiates thebusy streets of central Johannesburg with a drum of smolderingcoals delicately balanced on a plank on her head as she makesher way to her trading spot. The 57-year-old mother of five will spend the day withfellow single parent and friend Sarah Pahlele roasting peanutswhich they sell for one rand ($0.149) a packet. During summer,they roast corn, with a cob selling for five rand. "I have been doing this for the past...

2005-06-27 10:45:49

By Peter Apps JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Transport, mining and carproduction faltered across South Africa on Monday as workerstook to the streets for a one-day strike against unemploymentand poverty, although employers said the strike was patchy.Labor federation COSATU -- an alliance partner of the rulingAfrican National Congress (ANC) -- said the government andfirms should do more to create jobs, support local industry andbuy more South African and less foreign goods. "We cannot say the...

2005-07-02 11:38:57

By David Dolan TOKYO (Reuters) - What has been billed as the greatestmusic show ever kicked off in Tokyo on Saturday, as the firstin a galaxy of rock stars took to the stage in a global eventaimed at pushing world leaders to do more to help the poor. Live 8, an expanded version of the Live Aid sensation 20years ago, will take in 10 cities and four continents, startingin Tokyo in the east and ending in North America in the west. "We're here today to make poverty history," singer...

2005-07-03 02:51:34

By Alain Ngono JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa has embarked on ashake-up of its educational system to enable students to beeducated in any of the country's 11 official languages rangingfrom Afrikaans and English to Xhosa and Zulu. Officials describe the policy as an important step towarddeveloping indigenous African languages which were ignored orsuppressed under decades of white apartheid rule. "It is our legal obligation to develop a policy thatincorporates all South African...


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  • The prevailing range of a vocal or instrumental part, within which most of the tones lie.
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