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2014-04-10 08:29:01

Project will address population resources and needs for child eye health services through collaboration between business, government and social sectors RANCHO CORDOVA, Calif., April 10, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- A young girl in Soweto, South Africa, sits in a chair as an optometrist changes lenses and other settings in front of her eyes. He asks for feedback on what looks clearer. She responds tentatively, as this is her first time receiving an eye exam, and she's mesmerized by what she...

2010-10-07 05:15:00

LONEHILL, South Africa, Oct. 7 /PRNewswire/ -- MyJohannesburgInfo.com, part of the MyDestinationInfo.com travel network, has launched a new section dedicated to specific travel routes. This section offers travellers proposed itineraries for an afternoon, a weekend, or an entire week. These suggested trips and routes, dubbed Johannesburg Destinations deal with 10 of Johannesburg's most popular regions, as well as regions often overlooked by tourists. They include comprehensive maps,...

2008-10-05 12:00:09

By Donna Bryson Associated Press JOHANNESBURG, South Africa -- When Richard Maponya did well as a clothes salesman, his white boss could not promote him under the rules of apartheid. So the boss offered instead to sell Maponya damaged clothes for cheap. Maponya resold the clothes after work and on weekends, and earned enough to go into business himself. Today, the 81-year-old owns supermarkets and car dealerships, as well as the biggest mall in Soweto. Maponya is the most prominent in...

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...

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...

2006-02-22 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,"...

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....

2005-09-25 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...

2005-08-29 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...


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call-note
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'Call-note' is newer than 'bird-call,' which originally referred to 'an instrument for imitating the note of birds' but now also refers to 'the song or cry of a bird.'
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