After President Ramaphosa’s visit to Alexandra township last week, the mayor of Johannesburg was due to meet the residents today.Residents across the country voiced their anger over squalid living conditions with protests in the Alexandra township to the north of Johannesburg, Pennyville township, Lwandle township in Cape Town, Kroonstadt town in Free State province, Vereeniging and Bekkersdal in Gauteng province.The demonstrations, at times violent, have spread to other provinces across the country.The unrest has already claimed the lives of at least four people. Burning tyres, road blocks and battles with the police were reported by the South African media.The protestors’ demands range from housing to access to basic facilities like clean water and electricity.“Local governments don’t seem to be addressing people’s need unless there is violent protests,” Isobel Frye, director of the Studies in Poverty & Inequalities … [Read more...] about Angry South Africans take to the streets ahead of elections
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Kristian Rouz — South Africa is facing a widening heroin epidemic that is threatening to undermine its labour productivity, purchasing power, and broader GDP expansion. Officials say the use of arguably one of the most dangerous illicit drugs has skyrocketed in the Rainbow Nation over the past few years due to high unemployment, poor border enforcement, and rampant poverty in rural and suburban communities. According to last week's report from the EU's Global Initiative Against Transnational Organised Crime, the flow of heroin into South Africa is spearheaded by drug traffickers based in the Eastern African nation of Tanzania. EU analysts found South Africa had at least 75,000 heroin users in 2015, and roughly 0.21 percent of the nation's 55-million population — or 110,000 people — are regular users of heroin. © AP Photo / Brennan LinsleyVet Imprisoned 6 … [Read more...] about S Africa’s Heroin Crisis Taking Toll on Economic Growth – Reports
Amid a mass of colour and pounding Latin rhythms, revellers at this year’s Bogotá Pride march waved banners stating “not one step back”. They were among tens of thousands who took to the streets to celebrate and support Colombia’s LGBT community. Many annual Pride marches that were once solemn protests against repression have become celebrations of now-existing rights or progress, reflecting the strength of LGBT communities. In Bogotá, for example, the capital of a macho and socially conservative country, there has been surprising progress in LGBT rights. In March, Angélica Lozano Correa, a former member of the Bogotá city council, became the first openly LGBT person to be elected to the country’s Senate. In 2016 the country’s government passed laws allowing same-sex couples to adopt and marry, and the previous year it granted transgender people the right to change their identity on official government documents – policies … [Read more...] about Which is the world’s most LGBT-friendly city?
They say a year is a long time in rugby and never more so for defence coaches in an ever-evolving attacking landscape. Yet, for the man with the keys to Munster’s stronghold, the last 12 months have been nothing but a whirlwind.JP Ferreira will celebrate his first year as Munster defence coach this evening at Thomond Park against the same opponents which made his debut game on the sidelines such a baptism of fire.The South African, who followed long-time associate Johann van Graan to Ireland, will never forget his first Christmas here, having left Super League franchise the Lions in Johannesburg to replace Jacques Nienaber and jump straight in at the deep end with a derby visit from a Leinster side set to break records as the first league and European double winners to come from the Guinness PRO14.Beating Munster at Thomond Park 34-24 on St Stephen’s night, 2017 was a major step in the right direction for Leo Cullen’s side and the ultimate in rude awakenings for … [Read more...] about JP Ferreira: Munster have plenty of work to do
By Simon Brandon The largest city in South Africa has long been overshadowed by the internationally better-known Cape Town, and dogged by a reputation for crime. But Johannesburg — or Jozi, as locals call it — is a growing and increasingly important financial centre with a standard of living to match. Growing financial clout Johannesburg is Africa’s second most important financial centre after Casablanca in Morocco, according to the 2018 Global Financial Centres Index , and the biggest south of the Sahara. And it is growing: the city attracted $13.2bn of foreign investment between 2003 and 2016, double that of Cape Town. Attractive cost of living The average salary in Jozi’s financial services sector is $87,000, compared with $109,000 in London, according to salary comparison site Emolument. But those South African salaries go further: consumer prices in Johannesburg are almost half those in London, according to statistics provider Numbeo, … [Read more...] about Five reasons to live in Johannesburg, South Africa