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To protect our children, we must talk to them about rape

Desmond Tutu, Jacob Lief and Sohaila Abdulali: Yes, governments should step up, but so should we. We must not be squeamish about bringing this issue to the dinner table. What will you discuss with your children this evening? Sports, the weather, celebrity gossip, rape? We are from three generations (aged…

South Africa sees record tourism

A record 9.2 million tourists visited South Africa last year, President Jacob Zuma said Thursday, revealing a surge in visitors from China. The number of tourists travelling to South Africa grew by more than 10 percent, despite the global economic crisis. “This phenomenal tourism growth is evidence that we are…

South Africa creates offshore marine refuge

South Africa has turned two small islands in the southern Indian Ocean into its first offshore marine protected area, the environment ministry said Tuesday. The protected status for the windswept Prince Edward islands, lying 1,777 kilometres (1,104 miles) from the South African mainland, aims in part to help toothfish populations…

Poaching pushing South African rhino towards edge

South Africa’s white rhino population will begin to decline by 2016 if the current rate of poaching continues, authorities warned on Friday, following the killing of scores of the creatures this year. The stark warning was issued by the country’s Environment Minister Edna Molewa on the sidelines of the Convention…

Pistorius to report to police for first time since posting bail

Oscar Pistorius, South Africa’s sporting hero who has been charged with murder over the killing of his girlfriend, on Monday is due to report to a Pretoria police station for the first time as part of his bail terms. Pistorius is due to report to the Brooklyn police station in…

Most promising vaccine to replace TB jab doesn’t protect against the disease

PARIS — The most promising vaccine to replace the world’s 91-year-old tuberculosis jab does not protect against the disease, according to results released Monday of large-scale trials conducted among infants in South Africa. Doctors have had high hopes for the formula, known as MVA85A, as the existing Bacille-Calmette-Guerin (BCG) vaccine…

South African billionaire announces he’ll give half his fortune to charity

South African mining billionaire Patrice Motsepe announced Wednesday he would give half his family’s fortune to charity, becoming the first African to match a pledge made by Bill Gates and Warren Buffett. The Soweto-born tycoon, worth an estimated $2.7 billion (two billion euros), announced he would join the Giving Pledge,…

Namibia offers model for taking on poachers

Faced with poachers who are ravaging elephant and rhino populations, African nations could do worse than look to Namibia for a game plan to combat the scourge. Wildlife poaching is on the rise across Africa’s vast savannahs and in the jungles and outmanned and outgunned governments have struggled to keep…

15,000 crocs escape from South African farm

About 15,000 crocodiles have escaped from a farm in South Africa amid heavy rains and flooding, local daily Beeld reported. The predators sprung from the Rakwena Crocodile Farm in the far north of the country when owners were forced to open the gates to prevent a storm surge. A number…

Mr Gay World pageant dazzles South Africa

One came from the Philippines with mechanical wings, another from Mexico in a rhinestoned Mayan headdress, and one from Finland simply wrapped in a sauna towel. But for the first time, the contestants in Mr Gay World came to Africa, a continent where most countries still maintain sodomy laws, sometimes…

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