South Africa police promise illegal gold mine crackdown

Feb 19, 2014

South Africa police promise illegal gold mine crackdown

South Africa’s elite police unit vowed to hunt down illegal mining kingpins Tuesday, as two bodies were discovered near an abandoned gold mine where dozens of people had been trapped. Shadrack Sibiya of the police’s Hawks unit said illegal mining “cannot be allowed to ...

11 South African gold miners rescued, then arrested

Feb 17, 2014

11 South African gold miners rescued, then arrested

Eleven men who became trapped in an illegal gold mine in South Africa were rescued on Sunday, but an unknown number remained underground fearing arrest. The men, who were all uninjured, were immediately handed over to police. Rescue officials said many others were now ...

South Africa: Mandela's will worth $4.1 million

Feb 4, 2014

South Africa: Mandela's will worth $4.1 million

Nelson Mandela’s estate, worth roughly $4.1 million, will be shared between his family, members of his staff, schools that he attended and the African National Congress, the movement that fought white rule and now governs South Africa, the will’s executors said Monday. Mandela’s third ...

South African opposition groups merge to challenge ANC

Jan 30, 2014

South African opposition groups merge to challenge ANC

Ahead of elections this year, South Africa’s main opposition party merged with a smaller group on Tuesday to jointly challenge the ruling party, whose immense popularity, buoyed by its anti-apartheid credentials and close ties to Nelson Mandela, has frayed amid corruption scandals and other ...

Rabbit in ear of Mandela statue must be removed in South Africa

Jan 23, 2014

Rabbit in ear of Mandela statue must be removed in South Africa

The South African government has ordered the removal of a rabbit that was secretly sculpted into a recently unveiled statue of Nelson Mandela, an official said Wednesday. The artists who built the 9-meter-tall bronze colossus in Pretoria added a rabbit into the ear of ...

'Exceptional' 29.6-carat blue diamond unearthed in South Africa

Jan 22, 2014

'Exceptional' 29.6-carat blue diamond unearthed in South Africa

A rare 29.6-carat blue diamond has been discovered in a South African mine, and it could “be in a class of its own,” the Petra Diamonds company said Tuesday. The “exceptional” vivid blue stone was found in the Cullinan mine, near Pretoria, last week ...

Dec 24, 2013

Nelson Mandela: peace at last

by Gwynne Dyer

The Catholic Church consecrates saints with less pomp than was lavished on former South African leader Nelson Mandela during a week-long media orgy. Mandela was no saint; he was just the right man at the right time.

Mossad unwittingly trained Mandela: Israeli archive letter

Dec 24, 2013

Mossad unwittingly trained Mandela: Israeli archive letter

Israel’s state archives have published a 50-year-old letter from the Mossad spy agency claiming it unknowingly offered paramilitary training to a young Nelson Mandela, along with documents illustrating the Jewish state’s sympathy for the anti-apartheid struggle in the 1960s. The release of the documents ...