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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…

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…

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