Archive | April, 2013

The ‘ugly’ side of South African townships

The ‘ugly’ side of South African townships

Many South African townships are ‘ugly’ and ‘undesirable’, and their picture does not reflect the country’s status of the continent’s biggest economy. These areas are a world apart from the glitz and glory associated with the country’s ‘world class’ buildings and infrastructure overrated by some sections of the media, real estate agencies and tourism marketing […]

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Travel in luxury in Premier Classe train between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth

Travel in luxury in Premier Classe train between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth

JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. It has been a week since the Premier Classe luxury train began ‘sailing’ between Johannesburg and Port Elizabeth. The service has been introduced by the Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa (Prasa) following demands by passengers. The train leaves the city of gold (Johannesburg) for the windy city (Port Elizabeth) in the […]

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African conflicts result from governance, leadership failures, Dr Ramphele says

African conflicts result from governance, leadership failures, Dr Ramphele says

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA. The prevalence of conflicts in Africa has been a function of governance and leadership failures, and the authoritarian, violent and oppressive administrative apparatus inherited from the colonial era laid the ideological foundations of post-colonial dictatorships, Agang leader Dr Mamphela Aletta Ramphele said. The academic and former apartheid activist turned politician was […]

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Africa, Asia establish joint network to fight climate change

Africa, Asia establish joint network to fight climate change

LONDON/DHAKA. Representatives from governments in Africa and Asia have formed a network to support their efforts to factor climate change into their development plans, the International Institute for Environment and Development (IIED) said yesterday. The Government Group Network on Climate Change Mainstreaming and Development developed its plans at the 7th International Conference on Community-Based Adaptation […]

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EU approves plan to send 2000 African troops to Central African Republic

EU approves plan to send 2000 African troops to Central African Republic

BRUSSELS, BELGIUM. The European Union said this week that it was supporting Central African leaders’ plan to send 2000 troops to the coup d’état-prone Central African Republic (CAR), where looting, murder, vengeance and insecurity continue unabated, and are driving thousands of people out of the country to seek relief and peace. But the European body […]

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