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With forgiveness, a need for economic justice

In the 1990s South Africa preached reconciliation and forgiveness in its successful and largely peaceful transition out of apartheid. Today, Liberia, long torn by civil wars, has peacefully elected a new president, George Weah, who’ll take office Jan. 22. And Colombia, after a half-century of conflict, has made peace with rebels from FARC (the Revolutionary Armed Forces of Colombia), who have laid down their arms and begun an assimilation back into society. Some of these guerrilla fighters now are becoming politicians. South Africa never fell into a civil war, though…

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Zimbabwe opposition leader among 5 dead in New Mexico helicopter crash

ALBUQUERQUE, N.M. — Key Zimbabwean opposition leader Roy Bennett died in a helicopter crash in a remote part of the U.S. state of New Mexico that also killed four others, authorities said. State Police Lt. Elizabeth Armijo confirmed Bennett’s death Thursday, a day after a helicopter carrying him and five others went down in a mountainous rural area of northern New Mexico. Details of why the 60-year-old Bennett was in the area were not immediately available. The crash injured one person aboard. Roy Bennett arrives at the High Court building…

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One of world’s biggest ever diamonds unearthed, sending stocks soaring

London-based Gem Diamonds uncovered the 910 carat, colourless diamond, the fifth largest gem quality one ever found, in the small kingdom of Lesotho. The company said the diamond was the largest found at the Letseng mine in the southern African kingdom of Lesotho. The diamond belongs to a category that represents less than 1 percent of all mined diamonds in the world. Coming in at round the size of two golfballs, its value is also increased because it is colourless, the diamond miner said. The previous largest find at the…

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South Africa’s tourist city set to RUN OUT OF WATER as ‘Day Zero’ date BROUGHT FORWARD

Residents are on the brink of facing queues to collect daily water rations at checkpoints across Cape Town as the day the city’s taps run dry nears.  Tourists staying at local hotels have even been asked to limit their time in the shower to two minutes in a bid to cut down on water consumption.  Day Zero has crept forward to April 22 as city authorities race to build desalination plants and drill underground boreholes. Councillor Xanthea Limberg, Cape Town’s mayoral committee member for water, said: “At the current rate…

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Science 

Source of world’s biggest listeria outbreak still unknown

DR GARY GAUGLER/SCIENCE PHOTO LIBRARY THERE have been 748 confirmed cases of listeriosis in South Africa in the past year, making it the largest ever outbreak. So far, 67 people have died. Listeriosis infections are caused by Listeria monocytogenes bacteria, usually in contaminated food such as raw meat and poultry, unwashed vegetables, and dairy products. It can lead to meningitis or blood poisoning in newborn infants, older people, and people with compromised immune systems. Infection during pregnancy can cause miscarriage. Because symptoms can take between 6 hours and 10 weeks…

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South Africa facing largest listeriosis outbreak EVER as deadly disease kills 67

Almost 750 cases of the deadly disease have been confirmed and South Africa’s National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) has directed all available resources to stemming the spread of the outbreak. Listeriosis is a serious bacterial infection which is spread when people eat food contaminated with the bacterium.  The most common foods to be contaminated are raw or unpasteurised milk as well as soft cheeses, or vegetables, processed foods and ready-to-eat meats and smoked fish products. Because the listeria bacteria are found in the environment – for instance in soil…

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Retired Britons stabbed and robbed on dream trip to South Africa’s Table Mountain

GETTY Don and Yvonne Cormack were stabbed and robbed in Cape Town Don and Yvonne Cormack, from Harlow, Essex, were knifed on Table Mountain, in the city of Cape Town, Western Cape province, south-western South Africa. Mr Cormack, 71, has been left in hospital after being stabbed nine times by the robbers on the Silvermine hiking trail near the picturesque Kalk Bay. Mrs Cormack, 67, tried to protect her husband from the two knifemen and was also stabbed. She told how the couple had been with a group of seven…

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Sport 

Ryan Giggs says psychologist helped him deal with Manchester United exit

Ryan Giggs • Leaving Old Trafford was ‘going into the unknown’, says Giggs • Giggs appointed Wales manager on four-year contract Ryan Giggs has said that he sought help from a psychologist to deal with his departure from Manchester United, on the day he was unveiled as Chris Coleman’s successor as Wales manager. The former United midfielder has signed a four-year contract to take charge for the qualification campaigns for the 2020 European Championship and the 2022 World Cup in Qatar having last coached as an assistant to Louis van…

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Technology 

Print a 200-million-year-old dinosaur at home – CNET

The profile view of the Massospondylus skull after being scanned. Kimberley Chapelle Dinosaur fossils can be a biological puzzle, but technology like CT-scans and 3D printing is helping scientists make new discoveries. Kimberley Chapelle, a PhD student at the University of the Witwatersrand in Johannesburg, South Africa, used the school’s computed tomography (CT) facility to rebuild every bone in skull of a Massospondylus dinosaur, in order to study the tiny features inside the cranium. Her results from the CT-scans, along with her findings, were published in a study (co-authored by Professor…

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Protesters ransack H&M stores over ‘racist’ ad

JOHANNESBURG — Protesters angered by a “racist” H&M advertisement ransacked several of the Swedish fashion group’s South African stores on Saturday. The Economic Freedom Fighters, or EFF, protesters targeted six H&M stores in the Gauteng province, where South Africa’s economic hub of Johannesburg is located, tearing down shop displays and throwing clothes around, police said. An H&M at the Sandton City shopping mall in Johannnesburg is closed after members of the Economic Freedom Fighters opposition party stormed the store in protest on Jan. 13, 2018. Wikus De Wet / AFP…

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