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African population expected to double by 2050

Africa’s baby-boom: Population to double by mid-century (via The Christian Science Monitor) Women and children sit on the stoop of a produce shop in a township outside Johannesburg, South Africa, in this file photo. (Melanie Stetson Freeman/Staff/File) Africa’s population is predicted to more than double to 2.4 billion people by…

South African arrested in Paris for rocking out with his coq out

An eccentric South African artist has been charged with sexual exhibitionism after a street performance in central Paris in which he tied a rooster to his penis. Steve Cohen was arrested on Tuesday on a busy public square a stone’s throw from the Eiffel Tower. Sporting platform shoes, dressed up…

South African gold miners strike over ‘slave wages in white man’s economy’

80,000 miners walk out in industrial action that will cost country £22m a day as government admits it can only plead for solution About 80,000 gold miners in South Africa walked out on strike on Tuesday night, raising fears of renewed violence in the crisis-hit industry and underlining the government’s…

350-million-year-old Gondwana supercontinent land creature discovered

A 350-million-year-old fossilised scorpion discovered in South Africa is the oldest known land animal to have lived on Gondwana, part of Earth’s former supercontinent, a university said Monday. The new species, named Gondwanascorpio emzantsiensis, provides tantalising clues about the development of life before Earth’s continents broke apart to form the…

Medical experts on Nelson Mandela’s long-term prognosis: ‘It does not look good’

South Africa’s peace icon Nelson Mandela is facing a long and uncertain road to recovery, despite his return home from nearly three months in hospital, medical experts said on Monday. The 95-year-old anti-apartheid hero is receiving intensive care for a respiratory illness at his Johannesburg home where he returned Sunday…

‘Walk-in vagina’ kindles anger and approval in South Africa

It lets out a high-pitched scream as you enter, then a sneering laugh. It’s a walk-in vagina, a conceptual art installation that has South Africans wagging their fingers and scratching their heads. When 30-year-old South African artist Reshma Chhiba was asked to produce artwork for a disused apartheid-era women’s jail…

Deadly Delhi gang-rape inspires award-winning play

Award-winning playwright Yael Farber, whose new work focuses on the fatal gang-rape of an Indian student last December, was inspired by the protests that erupted across the country after the attack. “I remember feeling this extraordinary sense of envy when I looked at India… I mean — who takes to…

Pregnant girls banned from class in South Africa turn to one school that won’t turn them away

Outcasts elsewhere, the schoolgirls chatter, compare homework and shuffle to class just like other teens but with one big difference — all are expectant mums in South Africa’s only school for pregnant girls. This is Pretoria Hospital School where students, some as young as 13, are given the chance to…

The war on African poaching: is militarization doomed to fail?

Every two weeks or so, the South African Department of Environmental Affairs publishes a rhino poaching update, a running tally of rhinoceroses illegally killed for lucrative Asian black markets, along with a summary of arrests of poachers and rhino horn couriers. The latest, dated August 7, lists 553 rhinos poached…

Early humans responded to changes in climate with cultural and industrial innovation

Early humans living in South Africa made cultural and industrial leaps in periods of wetter weather, said a study Tuesday that compared the archaeological record of Man’s evolution with that of climate change. Anatomically modern humans, Homo sapiens, first made their appearance in Africa during the Middle Stone Age which…

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