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apartheid: Latest News
Dana Sanchez, 9:34 am
There are just 37 black-owned wine brands in South Africa, the world’s seventh-largest wine producing country. The industry employs 290,000 people at 550-plus wineries. Empowerment and transformation has been slow to increase black ownership and leadership. Ntsiki Biyela, South Africa’s first black female winemaker, is a role model and symbol of change. She recently launched her own brand, Aslina wines, named after her grandmother in a rural KwaZulu-Natal village of 1,000 people. The wines are set for export to the U.S. later this year.
Dana Sanchez, 5:24 pm
Fidel Castro was no angel. He ran Cuba with “a strong arm and dodgy economic policies,” but for many in Africa, the Cuban leader was a friend in need. Castro is credited with helping pit Russia against the U.S. in a war in Angola that brought about the beginning of the end of apartheid. It wasn’t just about independence from colonialists but also from the perceived injustices of capitalism. “I find capitalism repugnant. It is filthy, it is gross, it is alienating,” Castro said.
Keren Mikva, 8:18 pm
If Dlamini-Zuma makes a bid for party leadership of the ANC, there are several issues she’ll face. The ANC has not had a female leader in its 104 years of existence, and gender prejudice still exists. Many party big shots want a clean break with Jacob Zuma’s scandal-filled administration, and a former cabinet member and ex-wife may give voters pause.
Staff, 6:36 pm
South Africa is the only country in Africa where same-sex marriage is legal, but the Anglican church there insists that marriage is a union between a man and a woman. When Tutu van Furth decided to marry her partner, Marceline van Furth, an atheist professor from Amsterdam, she knew that her job as a priest of the South African Anglican church would be in jeopardy. Marrying her partner meant being forced out of the priesthood, but for Tutu van Furth, the choice was clear.
Staff, 9:03 pm
About 318,000 hectares of farmland was taken from hundreds families at the Kruger National Park after 1913 and 17 claims were filed against the park by locals in 1998. The government wants to keep Kruger Park intact. It’s a major tourist draw and home to many animal species, so the government is compensating with cash instead of allowing communities to resettle in the park’s boundaries. About 8M hectares of farmland have been transferred to black owners since the end of apartheid — a third of the ANC’s 30% target.
Dana Sanchez, 1:32 pm
In the past year, South Africa made international headlines for tearing down statues rather than erecting them. A monument will be erected soon at the popular uShaka Beach in Durban in memory of Indians who were shipped in to work as indentured labor in the 1800s. Working conditions were harsh in the sugar cane fields. South African Indians were segregated during apartheid. This statue will symbolize Indians’ fight for a free South Africa.
Keren MikvaAFKI Original
Despite the many disappointments, the country’s fans continue to expect better from their heroes in green and gold, in the hopes that a sports mad nation can add football to their sporting powers alongside cricket and rugby.
At a mediocre FIFA Ranking of 75 in November 2015, the national team has a great deal of room to grow and improve ahead of the 2017 AFCON and the 2018 World Cup in Russia, which they are aiming to qualify for. Here are 15 things you didn’t know about South Africa’s national football team, Bafana Bafana.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:55 am AFKI Original
Tokyo Sexwale has officially thrown his hat in the ring with regards to the FIFA presidential elections that will take place in February next year, setting himself up as a potentially popular candidate to take over from Sepp Blatter. He would be the first permanent African president of world football’s governing body, if he was successful. We take a look at 12 things to know about successful South African business personality and FIFA presidential hopeful, Tokyo Sexwale.
Kevin Mwanza, 10:38 am
French economist Thomas Piketty is a puzzled man. Him and other economist across the world are at pain to explain why the South Africa’s ‘Black Economic Empowerment’ programme that was meant to bridge inequality between the rich mostly whites and poor blacks has done the exact opposite. He outlined why he thinks South Africa is still so dramatically unequal – and suggests a few things that can be done about it.
Peter Pedroncelli, 4:39 am AFKI Original
Nicknamed “The Arch,” Nobel laureate Archbishop Desmond Tutu is best known as a human rights advocate and anti-apartheid activist. It’s a little known fact that Tutu coined the phrase “Rainbow Nation” for post-apartheid South Africa. The term refers to a diverse and multiracial country, and it gained worldwide use thanks to Tutu’s influence and the respect he commands. It also reflects on the South African flag, one of the most colorful in the world.
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