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  • South Africa gold mine: About 950 workers trapped [stranded] underground

    02/01/2018 10:21:57 AM PST · by BenLurkin · 8 replies
    [A] storm caused a power cut and blocked their way out. Without electricity, the lifts could not bring night shift workers to the surface, but they "appear to be fine", a spokesman for their employer said. He said about 65 miners have so far been rescued and all are accounted for. South Africa is a leading gold producer, but the industry has often been accused of a poor safety record. The Beatrix mine is in Welkom town, about 290km (180 miles) south-west of Johannesburg. It is owned by Sibanye-Stillwater mining firm. It has 23 levels, going down to 1,000 metres...
  • No to Tariq Ramadan

    08/20/2015 8:14:58 AM PDT · by george76 · 1 replies
    Gatestone Institute ^ | January 25, 2010 | Stephen Suleyman Schwartz
    U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton has lifted the visa ban on the European theoretician of radical Islam and virtuoso Jew-baiter, Tariq Ramadan, allowing him to take up a position similar to that he was offered at Notre Dame University, but which was filled because of his unavailability. At the same time, a U.S. entry prohibition against a South African leftist, Adam Habib of Johannesburg University, was voided. The decision to admit Tariq Ramadan is profoundly wrong. Adam Habib is an innocuous figure. Tariq Ramadan is not. Ramadan was first barred from the U.S. in 2004 ... the denial of...
  • Homo naledi: New species of human ancestor discovered in South Africa

    09/10/2015 5:12:13 AM PDT · by ilovesarah2012 · 43 replies ^ | September 10, 2015 | David McKenzie and Hamilton Wende
    Rising Star Cave, South Africa (CNN)When an amateur caver and university geologist arrived at Lee Berger's house one night in late 2013 with a fragment of a fossil jawbone in hand, they broke out the beers and called National Geographic. Berger, a professor at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, had unearthed some major finds before. But he knew he had something big on his hands. What he didn't know at the time is that it would shake up our understanding of the progress of human evolution and even pose new questions about our identity. Two years...
  • New Species of Human Relative Discovered in South African Cave (Homo Naledi)

    09/10/2015 6:00:52 AM PDT · by blam · 34 replies
    September 10, 2015 JOHANNESBURG—The discovery of a new species of human relative was announced today (Sept. 10) by the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits University), the National Geographic Society and the South African Department of Science and Technology/National Research Foundation (DST/NRF). Besides shedding light on the origins and diversity of our genus, the new species, Homo naledi, appears to have intentionally deposited bodies of its dead in a remote cave chamber, a behaviour previously thought limited to humans. The finds are described in two papers published in the scientific journal eLife and reported in the cover story of the October...
  • The hijacked buildings of Joburg (South Africa)

    07/29/2015 8:30:17 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    Mail and Guardian ^ | 29 JUL 2015
    Property owners and investors in Joburg's inner city say the increase in the hijacking of buildings by illegal occupants is costing them millions.
  • Stowaway Survives 10-Hour Flight, as Another Body Crashes From 1,000 Feet

    06/19/2015 11:52:53 AM PDT · by BenLurkin · 47 replies
    The body of a suspected stowaway was found atop an office building in West London on Thursday, and is believed to have plunged around 1,400ft from a Boeing 747 as it approached Heathrow Airport. Meanwhile, another man is in critical condition in hospital after being discovered an hour earlier in the undercarriage of the aircraft — British police are investigating both incidents. The survivor is believed to have climbed aboard the British Airways plane at OR Tambo International airport in Johannesburg before traveling over 8,000 miles from South Africa, largely in temperatures as low as -81 Fahrenheit on the 10-hour...
  • South Africa power blackouts problematic for ANC as poor claim unfair targeting

    01/16/2015 4:59:41 PM PST · by Tolerance Sucks Rocks · 30 replies
    The Washington Times ^ | January 15, 2015 | Geoff Hill
    JOHANNESBURG, South Africa — As schools reopen here in the coming days after the Christmas break, South Africans are braced for a surge in the power cuts that have plagued the country since early December, and the rolling blackouts could spell trouble for the ruling African National Congress at the ballot box. During the week, schools, factories and offices will move to full capacity, drawing on an already-fragile national grid. And in the heat of the Southern Hemisphere summer, air conditioners will be turned on full blast. A state-owned company, ESKOM, has the monopoly to produce more than 95 percent...
  • Eruvs and electric fences: Inside the walls of Johannesburg’s Jews

    05/03/2014 6:34:51 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 12 replies
    Haaretz ^ | May 1, 2014 | Judd Yadid
    The Zulus call it eGoli – Place of Gold – for in 1886, the coveted metal was found in abundance on the Witwatersrand, the inland ridge on which Johannesburg lies. The promise of instant fortunes catalysed the largest, most rapid urban migration in southern African history. Earth’s bounty crowned rand lords, and also birthed a vast apparatus of economic exploitation. Yet for most Jews, the story of their predecessors began not in gold speculation, but pogroms in Eastern Europe. Thousands fled in ships bound for Africa’s tip, and many came to call the City of Gold home. Welcome to Jewburg...
  • Mandela Crashes Obama Johannesburg Appearance

    12/10/2013 6:00:29 PM PST · by ReformationFan · 16 replies
    The People's Cube ^ | 12-10-13 | Opiate of the People
    An international incident was touched off yesterday in Johannesburg, South Africa, when a goodwill appearance by President Obama was interrupted by an impromptu funeral. Mr. Obama was generously posing for souvenir pictures of himself with fawning admirers at the FNB Stadium (Soccer City), when security people rolled in Nelson Mandela's casket and demanded to have a memorial service. When questioned as to why they were disrupting Mr. Obama's appearance, the security men offered no explanation aside from "we reserved the stadium last week for this." "This kind of thing is a constant problem for Mr. Obama" said one of his...
  • Obama in Africa: ‘The Planet Will Boil Over’ If Everybody Has a Car, Air Conditioning and a

    07/01/2013 5:30:16 PM PDT · by Nachum · 81 replies
    The Blaze ^ | 7/1/13 | Jason Howerton
    Speaking at a town hall event in Johannesburg, South Africa, on Saturday, President Barack Obama claimed that “the planet will boil over” if everyone has access to air conditioning, automobiles and big houses. That is, unless the world finds “new ways of producing energy,” he said. “Ultimately, if you think about all the youth that everybody has mentioned here in Africa, if everybody is raising living standards to the point where everybody has got a car and everybody has got air conditioning, and everybody has got a big house, well, the planet will boil over — unless we find new...
  • Race against time (South Africa)

    04/30/2013 4:01:11 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 14 replies
    The Guardian ^ | Saturday 21 January 2006 | Simon Wood
    It is a Thursday afternoon at a busy intersection in Johannesburg's Bryanston district. The traffic robot turns green and the white Mercs and BMWs, four-wheel-drives and the occasional pick-up truck, with a black family's whole world piled on to the tailgate, pull away from the lights. Not far off are the gleaming towers of Sandton, a symbol of South African prosperity and an area where great wealth can be glimpsed, albeit behind electric fences and razor wire. The majority of up-market cars are still driven by middle- and upper-income whites, but many belong to the growing class of wealthy blacks....
  • Johannesburg - What was, what is

    04/11/2013 5:29:08 PM PDT · by MinorityRepublican · 9 replies
    I Luv SA ^ | Monday, October 05, 2009 | Doberman
    Click on link to access the video in order to compare then and now.
  • Soda-Obsessed Mayor of Illiterate City to Convene Climate Change Summit in World’s Rape Capital

    03/15/2013 10:18:50 PM PDT · by Perseverando · 31 replies ^ | March 15, 2013 | Daniel Greenfield
    80 percent of New York City high school students seem to have some trouble reading, but Mayor Bloomberg has no time for them. He’s too busy dealing with serious issues, like soda sizes, gun control in Illinois and the impending destruction of the planet. A summit of city mayors will convene in February of next year in Johannesburg, to discuss ways to fight global climate change. Mayor Michael Bloomberg, who serves as chairman of the C40 Cities Climate Leadership Group, said, “Cities around the world… are taking meaningful actions that have quantifiable outcomes… we are having a real impact combating...
  • South Africa's Johannesburg rises again

    12/17/2011 3:19:00 PM PST · by MinorityRepublican · 6 replies
    AP ^ | December 13, 2011
    <p>Now as the city celebrates its 125th birthday, creative South Africans are seeing gold in warehouses and cheap office space, and they're revitalizing neighborhoods with galleries, museums, shops, studios, clubs and restaurants.</p> <p>JOHANNESBURG - (AP) -- Johannesburg dates its beginnings to the discovery of gold in 1886. Its downtown, where skyscrapers tower over deep mines, was abandoned by business in recent decades, and squatters turned the office towers into high-rise slums. But now, as the city celebrates its 125th birthday, creative South Africans are seeing gold in warehouses and cheap office space, and they're revitalizing neighborhoods with galleries, museums, shops, studios, clubs and restaurants.</p>

    04/30/2010 1:45:22 PM PDT · by george76 · 52 replies · 1,634+ views
    Daily Express ^ | April 27, 2010 | David Pilditch
    A VILE Facebook campaign to incite race hate ahead of the World Cup in South Africa in June is being investigated by police. The official probe was launched into a group set up by alleged supporters of firebrand politician Julius Malema. One entry, emailed to football fans around the world, calls for the “rape and slaughter” of whites and
  • House set alight with family inside ( South Africa )

    04/21/2010 3:46:07 PM PDT · by george76 · 25 replies · 824+ views
    News24 ^ | 2010-04-20 | Buks Viljoen, Beeld
    Johannesburg - Attackers set a wooden house on fire on a farm near Carolina at the weekend, while a woman and her children were still inside. The armed attackers had tied the door with a piece of wire, trapping the victims inside. The woman's parents were shot at when they rushed to their aid. "They were bent on killing us. This had nothing to do with theft," ... She woke up to the smell of smoke at about 22:00 on Saturday night. She saw the wall and the curtain in her room were in flames. The attackers had poured diesel...
  • Entire South African Airways Crew Arrested For Drug Smuggling - TWICE In One Month

    02/16/2009 10:02:32 PM PST · by Steelfish · 4 replies · 561+ views
    Dail Mail (UK) ^ | February 16, 2009
    Entire South African Airways crew arrested for drug smuggling - TWICE in one month By SAM GREENHILL 17th February 2009 The entire crew of a South African Airways flight has been arrested on suspicion of drug smuggling - for the second time in a month. Fifteen members of the flight crew, including the pilot, were detained yesterday at Heathrow airport after customs officers found five kilos of cocaine in a bag. They were being held by officers after the class A drug, with an estimated street value of £250,000, was discovered as the crew tried to clear customs following a...
  • Reggae Star Killed in South Africa Carjacking

    10/20/2007 10:28:43 PM PDT · by george76 · 39 replies · 193+ views
    The New York Times ^ | October 20, 2007 | MICHAEL WINES
    A team of gunmen shot and killed Lucky Dube, an international reggae star and one of the nation’s best-known musicians, apparently in a carjacking attempt late Thursday that underscored the continuing peril of violent crime here. As the provincial police commissioner appointed seven veteran investigators to chase down the attackers, President Thabo Mbeki called on the nation “to confront this terrible scourge of crime, which has taken the lives of too many of our people, and does so every day.” The police said Mr. Dube, 43, was shot by three assailants in Rosettenville, just south of downtown Johannesburg... The attackers...
  • South Africa - Police on high alert at Johannesburg airport (Airplane robbery)

    03/26/2006 9:29:15 PM PST · by HAL9000 · 6 replies · 702+ views
    SABC News ^ | March 27, 2006
    Police say security at the Johannesburg International Airport is up to standard, despite this weekend's massive robbery and several robberies taking place over the last four years. "The security at the airport has always been exceptionally good. This is something that we are trying to understand how these people got in and it will continue to be safe as it was in the past," says Vish Naidoo, a police spokesperson. Other reports say officials have not ruled out the possibility of an inside job. Armed with automatic weapons, including AK-47 rifles, a gang of men managed to rob a...
  • Lesbian couple found guilty of boy´s murder: Would not say Daddy.

    03/24/2006 10:09:50 AM PST · by VU4G10 · 67 replies · 5,754+ views
    Alains Newsletter Blog ^ | March 24, 2006
    A four-year-old boy died after he was brutally assaulted when he refused to call his mother's lesbian lover "Daddy", The Star newspaper reported on Thursday. Jandre's mother, Hanelie Botha (31), and her partner Engeline de Nysschen (33) appeared in the Vereeniging Regional Court on Wednesday and were found guilty of the boy's gruesome murder. His father, Jan, sat in court holding the hands of his fiancée, Yolanda Deysel, and listened attentively to Magistrate Rita Willemse, who in her judgement, accepted evidence that among the reasons that led to Jandre's brutal ordeal was his refusal to call De Nysschen "Daddy", the...