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Climate change threatens South Africa’s rooibos tea

Farm workers swing their sickles through red branches, bundling them up before laying them out in the sunshine to dry. The annual harvest at Groenkol Rooibos tea estate, in South Africa’s Western Cape helps quench the world’s growing thirst for “red bush” tea, but farmers fear that climate change could…

South Africa’s Nelson Mandela admitted to hospital

Nelson Mandela underwent hospital tests Saturday but officials and a grand-daughter reassured an anxious public that the 93-year-old anti-apartheid icon was not in danger and could leave within two days. The hospital stay was for a planned “diagnostic procedure” to investigate an abdominal complaint, President Jacob Zuma said, without specifying the exact ailment.…

U.S. climate envoy upbeat on China relations

WASHINGTON — The top US climate negotiator on Tuesday gave an upbeat assessment of ties with China, saying the world’s two largest emitters found ways to work together at UN-led talks in Durban, South Africa. The tone contrasts with a recent harder line toward China from US President Barack Obama’s…

U.S. denies delaying global climate deal

DURBAN, South Africa (Reuters) – The United States denied on Thursday it was trying to delay a new global climate deal until 2020, saying it supported an EU proposal that aims to chart a path to a more ambitious pact to fight climate change. Delegates from almost 200 countries have…

A dozen heads of state to attend UN climate talks

Twelve heads of government and state have said they will participate in UN climate talks in Durban, South Africa, UN climate chief Christiana Figueres said on Friday. About 130 ministers will also descend on the coastal city for negotiations under the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC), she said at a press conference. African leaders from…

Day one in the books

JUST IN CASE YOU DIDN’T NOTICE, the World Cup finally began today! Group A is all even on single points, with both games ending in draws. Two matches down, 62 more to go… South Africa vs Mexico was overall the more exciting of the two, in my opinion. Mexico nearly…

23 tickets to South Africa, please

Bob Bradley announced the final 23-man roster for the World Cup this morning, whittled down from the preliminary 30. The group of men shouldering the hopes and dreams of a nation (no pressure, guys!) is: Goalkeepers: Brad Guzan, Marcus Hahnemann, Tim Howard Defenders: Carlos Bocanegra, Jonathan Bornstein, Steve Cherundolo, Jay…

Bamboo Review: District 9

Spoilers. SPOILERS. Finally went to see District 9 last night, and I have to say that I agree with the general assessment that the satire was an inch deep, but that’s no reason to avoid this movie. But don’t expect depth. This short film by director Neil Blomkamp strikes me…

Bailing Out, You Know, Countries

There are times where I look at Zimbabwe and wish that nations had reset buttons. The situation in Zimbabwe may soon “implode” as a cholera outbreak spreads and basic services collapse, South African leaders and a group of international statesmen warned yesterday. On the eve of talks in South Africa…

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