South Africa

Forced to live in iron shacks because of the World Cup

For the past two years, residents of the Symphony Way shantytown in the suburbs of Cape Town have been forcefully evicted and moved into corrugated iron shacks where they are deprived of basic liberties. Why? Because the authorities didn't want World Cup fans to be faced with them when they come to visit the Green Point stadium. Read more and see the photos...

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World Cup fans risking their lives in South Africa?

Watch this video, and you probably won't be too keen on going to South Africa next June, no matter how much you love football. A compilation of violent images and terrifying statistics indeed, but is it a fair representation? Read more...

White supremacy rears its ugly head over “racist Vodafone”

South Africa's black economic empowerment policy has been operating, if a little feebly, since the end of apartheid in 1994. Just last week however, a group of disgruntled Afrikaners launched a campaign to boycott the country's biggest cellular network, and its owners, Vodafone and Telkom, for selling just 3.44% of its shares to non-white buyers only. Read more...

South African shack dwellers: “The police are attacking us”

A group of Durban shack dwellers say that local police attacked, abused, and intimidated residents on Friday night. It's the third alleged police-related attack in two months. But why would authorities target a group of shack dwellers? Read more and see their photos...

Vuvuzela: the trumpet of discontent

Around a metre long and able to produce a bellowing and enduring screech, the plastic horn that can be heard at every football match in South Africa is facing extinction after the emergence of a movement to ban it at the 2010 World Cup. Read more...

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Unrest in South African shanty towns – ready to host the World Cup?

Protests over living conditions in South African shanty towns turned violent on Wednesday when discontented slum dwellers around the country clashed with police forces. Similar outbursts last year resulted in over 70 deaths when rioters also targeted foreigners from neighbouring countries; a cause for concern for the hundreds of thousands of World Cup fans planning to travel to the country in a year's time. Read more...

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Slum turned vegetable garden

A blogger tell us how an ingenious idea got a group of shantytown residents to transform their quarters from a slum into a biological farm. Read more...

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"Black on black racism at the height of stupidity"

Forty-two people have been killed since the outbreak of violent clashes between native South Africans and Zimbabwean refugees in Johannesburg. A Zimbabwean immigrant tries to explain this sudden attack on his community. Read more...

Like the good old apartheid times

The emergence of a video showing students bribing elderly black cleaners into downing beer and eating meat covered in urine has caused outrage in South Africa. Our Observers in the country tell us that although apartheid is over, its spirit still lingers. Read more and see the video…

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