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Nigeria passes South Africa to become Africa’s biggest economy

Nigeria on Sunday became Africa’s biggest economy, leap-frogging South Africa, after the government announced a long-overdue rebasing of the country’s gross domestic product. The new calculations take into account changes in production and consumption since the last time the exercise was carried out in 1990, including an added focus on…

Nigeria overtakes South Africa as continent’s biggest economy

Nigeria becomes Africa’s biggest economy (via AFP) Nigeria on Sunday became Africa’s biggest economy, leap-frogging South Africa, after the government announced a long-overdue rebasing of the country’s gross domestic product. The new calculations take into account changes in production and consumption…  …

South African officials rebrand free condom drive as HIV infections rise

South Africa is seeking to rebrand its free condoms to appeal to young people after a new study showed rising HIV infections and flagging contraception use, the health department said on Thursday. Condoms distributed by the government will come in a wider range of colours and flavours, as authorities seek…

New LGBT rights political party to run candidates for parliament in South African elections

A new party that will defend gays and lesbians against violence and persecution will stand in South Africa's elections this year, its spokesman said Saturday. "We need a voice in parliament to protect women from being raped because people want to cure……

Emerging market currencies buckle after Federal Reserve cuts stimulus

Emerging markets faced intense pressure on Thursday after the US Federal Reserve cut its stimulus further, with currencies in India, South Africa and Turkey failing to rally despite interest rate rises. Asian shares fell heavily and European stocks also retreated, extending a global rout driven by worries about emerging markets.…

Father of fired public relations director: ‘I’m so ashamed of her. She’s a f*cking idiot’

News of how the fired IAC public relations director Justine Sacco learned of her new-found celebrity has come to light. On Friday, before boarding a plane to South Africa, Sacco tweeted the following: While she was in the air over the continent whose health crisis she had mocked, news of…

Rare Mandela mementos to go up for auction

A collection of Nelson Mandela’s personal items, including his photograph with boxing legend Muhammad Ali, will go under the hammer in South Africa next week, in a rare auction of the peace icon’s memorabilia. The assortment of 79 signed mementos at Wednesday’s auction date from 1964 to 2010. The collection…

TV host Melissa Bachman criticized for smiling photograph of herself with dead lion

NEW: Watch Melissa Bachman take down her first moose. A Minnesota-based host of a big-game hunting program caused a worldwide controversy after she posted a picture of herself posing with a male lion she had just shot in South Africa. “An incredible day hunting in South Africa! Stalked inside 60-yards…

DDT helping South Africa drastically reduce deaths from malaria

South Africa has turned the tide on malaria, cutting mortality rates by 85 percent over the last 12 years, and hopes to soon eliminate the disease, a report stated Wednesday amid controversy over the use of highly controversial DDT. Last year, only 70 people died from the mosquito-borne disease, compared…

South Africa rhino-poaching toll hits record near 700

Poachers have killed a record 688 rhinos in South Africa so far this year, more than the entire number slaughtered in 2012, according to figures issued Sunday, World Rhino Day. South Africa is home to the world’s biggest rhinoceros population but killings have surged in recent years to feed black…

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