Celebrations marking the 100th anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth have focused attention on South Africa's progress since the euphoric 1994 elections that marked the end of apartheid. The country's emergence from decades of white-minority rule was greeted with optimism around the world, but over the last 24 years South Africa has struggled to live up to Mandela's vision. - Race and inequality - A World Bank report earlier this year declared that South Africa was the most unequal society in the world -- a damning indictment of the legacy of apartheid and the failure to tackle its aftermath. "Inequality has increased since the end of apartheid in 1994," the report said. "Race still affects the ability to find a job, as well as the wages received once employed." The report, which revealed three million more South Africans had slipped into poverty between 2011 and 2015, triggering vows of renewed action from President Cyril Ramaphosa. Racism remains a constant theme of life, with racist … [Read more...] about South Africa after Mandela — high hopes dashed?
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ENGLAND'S three-Test series against the Springboks opens at a venue at where no Red Rose team has won since 1972. Ellis Park is described by England coach Eddie Jones as the “spiritual home of rugby.” Jones, under fire at the end of the Six Nations, is looking to end a four-match losing run on Saturday. Ellis Park in Johannesburg was the setting for the Springboks’ World Cup final victory over New Zealand in 1995. That prompted one of the sport’s finest moments – Nelson Mandela handing Francois Pienaar the Webb Ellis Cup. In line with that sentiment, the Springboks will be led by their first ever black captain in flanker Siya Kolisi. England haven't beaten South Africa at Ellis Park since 1972 Said Jones: “It will be hostile but it’s fantastic and I am so excited about it. "In world rugby who do you want to beat? The Springboks at Ellis Park – it is the spiritual home of rugby. ENGLAND'S TEST SERIES IN SOUTH AFRICAJune 9: First Test - … [Read more...] about South Africa vs England: Live stream, TV channel, team news and kick-off time
South Africa has the biggest HIV epidemic in the world, with 7.1 million people living with the virus. There is a huge gender disparity in infection rates, with nearly four times the number of young women infected than men their age. Not only are women disproportionately infected, but there is another burden tying them to this life-changing illness. Many women have been unknowingly infected with HIV, then unknowingly passed it on to their children. Guilt, shame and responsibility are words that swirl around this heartbreaking effect of the virus, and the aftermath of such a diagnosis lasts a lifetime. This is Sylvia, a woman that lives and breathes these statistics. And a woman fighting to make history. *** A person who brims with energy and love, Sylvia Mdluli’s pride in her daughter is palpable. “Oh when Shameen was born I was the happiest mother on earth! She’s here with me now – say hello Shameen – she just turned 17.” Fourteen … [Read more...] about Forgotten Women: Why women in South Africa are carrying the burden of HIV – and how they could soon eliminate it among children
A radical left-wing political party in South Africa has called for a statue of Boer leader Paul Kruger to be pulled down and replaced by one of Winnie Mandela. The call is part of an ongoing campaign by the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) group, which has been criticised for using racially-charged language and describes itself as “militant”. Its leader, Julius Malema, said his party would “expropriate the land upon which [the] statue is standing”, according to The Daily Telegraph, and added: “He was a racist. His statue must go, his people with it.” Read more Chinese investment in Africa 'could create dependent economies' Mr Malema, a former African National Congress youth leader, has previously been convicted of hate speech for singing anti-white songs including “Shoot the Boer”. Kruger was president of the South African Republic between 1883 and 1900 and the opponent of Britain during the Second Boer War. … [Read more...] about Statue of Winnie Mandela must replace one of Boer leader Paul Kruger, demand radical South Africa politicians
News / UK and world by Press Association May 14, 2018, 5:36 pm FacebookTwitterLinkedInWhatsAppEmail Sign up to our Daily newsletter A 71-year-old grandmother and distant relative to the Queen and King John is facing deportation after her immigration bid was knocked back. Brenda Ackerman is a South African national, but has not lived there since 2006 and followed her daughter’s family to the UK five years ago. But despite two applications to remain, her latest bid was refused with the Home Office writing to her on April 26 stating she must now go back. The former veterinary surgery clerk has also never claimed benefits in the UK, since arriving in 2013, and has paid an annual £1,000 advance to cover any NHS charges – despite having health insurance. Her husband Clifford Brown, who died in 2012, fought against Nazi Germany as part of the Allies’ South African contingent. Family records also show she is the Queen’s 11th cousin, once … [Read more...] about Queen’s distant cousin facing deportation to South Africa