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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…

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…

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