Some 27 years after the abolition of apartheid, there are still communities of white South Africans who refuse to mix with their black fellow citizens. It's the case in the town of Orania, where the only language spoken is Afrikaans, the tongue of the first Dutch settlers. In Orania's schools, students are taught an alternative version of history. Our colleagues from France 2 report, with FRANCE 24's James Vasina.
A programme preapred by Patrick Lovett and Gaëlle Essoo. http://www.france24.com/en/reportages
Thousands pray against 'civil war' in South Africa africanews
Published on Oct 28, 2018
Thousands of people gathered on Saturday for a prayer rally in Pretoria, South Africa.
They came from all corners of the country, even as far as Namibia and made the trek to Rhino Park airfield, the venue for the rally. They sang praises and rejoiced. Others prayed for South Africa's leaders and against corruption.
"If we believe the bible standards is the right way to live, why is the Christian party not in power in South Africa? Evil is what happens when good people sit and do nothing", Mats…
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Speaking at the Discovery Leadership Summit in Johannesburg, the Clintons said they were hopeful about democracies around the world but cautionary, among other things about ungoverned technology and artificial intelligence possibly threatening job security in economies such as South Africa’s.
Hillary said government under President Cyril Ramaphosa was hopeful for South Africa after a difficult prior decade.
“What citizens want to see is hope that is tethered to results. Part of what is going on in Europe and the US is that democracy is not delivering the kind of results that people want. Some of what they want is not as basic as other places, like South Africa, where you first have to deal with inequality, lift people up and create a diverse and inclusive society,” she said.
“Hillary and I have spent our lives fighting an us-versus-them world. And it seems that all the walls in the world look more like nets now,” Bill said.
The Clintons met with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa at the event.
President @CyrilRamaphosa receives a courtesy call from former President of the United States of America, Mr Bill Clinton & former Secretary of State, Ms Hillary Rodham Clinton at the Discovery Leadership Summit held at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
It’s likely not a coincidence the Clintons are thousands of miles away.
Unlike Barack Obama and Joe Biden, Hillary has not been holding rallies for Democrat candidates.
Neither has Bill. There might be a reason for that, according to the New York Times:
When a Republican state legislator in Arkansas pushed last year to rename the Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport in Little Rock, Clarke Tucker stood up for the former president.
“The argument was that the people of Arkansas don’t support the Clintons,” said Mr. Tucker, a Democratic member of the state House of Representatives. “My thought at the time was, well, the people of Arkansas voted for Clinton eight times.”
But now, as the Democratic nominee in the tightest congressional race in this state, Mr. Tucker is happy for the former president and his wife to remain a plane ride away. Mr. Clinton, who was governor and attorney general of Arkansas, was once a near-ubiquitous presence helping Democrats in tough races back home, but the former president hasn’t been asked to appear on the trail for Mr. Tucker.
There are no plans for him to do so. Or, for that matter, appear publicly with any Democrat running in the midterm elections.
“Every election is about the future,” Tucker said.
White South African men are reportedly being excluded from a government-partnered youth employment initiative program, according to a new report. The Youth Employment Service ("YES") government job website has the goal of helping South Africans who have been unemployed for more than six months. The program has been endorsed by the National Development Plan 2030, which intends on eliminating poverty and reducing inequality within the next 12 years in the country.
Job seekers in Cape Town/RT/Reuters
The website reportedly requires applicants to be in accordance with the Black Economic Empowerment ("BEE") definition of black. They are also required to be between the ages of 18 and 34 and citizens of South Africa. BEE is a program launched by the South African government whose aim is redressing inequalities in the nation by giving South African citizens who are black economic privileges that are not available to white people. The program also includes colored and Indian people.
The YES website states:
“YES is a business-driven initiative which is breaking new ground by pioneering a partnership with government and labor, in collectively tackling a national plan to build economic pathways for black youth. Please note we are currently only registering candidates between the ages of 18 and 34, who are currently unemployed and must be black (as per the B-BBEE codes definition).”
YES was the brainchild of South African president Cyril Ramaphosa. In March, he boasted about the idea, stating "we will be coming up with further initiatives to address youth unemployment." However, South Africa's trade union, called "Solidarity", stated that white South Africans were "unwelcome", while calling the exclusion "part of a long list of policies obsessed with race."
Paul Maritz, coordinator of Solidarity Youth, told RT: "It is as if the President is saying to white candidates: ‘You are unwelcome and on your own!"
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa/AFP
Maritz noted that unemployment is an issue of importance in South Africa, but that making decisions based on race has become a dangerous norm.
In late summer, we continued highlighting the growing tension between President Ramaphosa and white farmers who, under threat of having their land taken and repurposed, were digging their heels in, stating that they would defend their properties by force, if necessary. We looked at whether or not a coming civil race war in South Africa was an inevitability at this point.
In early September, we followed up, taking a closer look as to whether or not there was a plan in effect for the government to simply take white farms and "eliminate" white farmers by whatever means necessary. For now the market is giving Ramaphosa the benefit of the doubt.
Published on Nov 13, 2018
Crack Houses (2001): This exposé investigates the growing crack problem in Cape Town, from the squalor and desperation of a notorious crack-house, still operating after several police raids, to the widespread use of youths as young as 16 as carriers and sellers.
In a well-known crack den in Cape Town, "the Rainbow Nation turns a paler shade of grey together". The dealing is not restricted to poor ghettos either, drugs are widely and brazenly available from polite youths in the most respectable middle-class suburbs. Such is the level of these children's professionalism, that they even circulate price lists cataloguing their wares at school. Drug-dealing and use has become so ingrained in the fabric of community life that few residents are prepared to speak out, and police are seemingly powerless to stop the dealing. "As night follows day follows night they arrive… and stay till their money runs out". Penetrating secret footage from inside these bastions of drugland gives a powerful insight into the growing problem of drug addiction and supply.
South Africa land reform looms after key hurdle is cleared
By David McKenzie and Brent Swails, CNN
1 hr ago
Its proponents say it will help unlock economic potential; critics say it could lead to ruin in Africa's most advanced economy.
Now, after months of contentious public hearings across South Africa and scores of parliamentary debates, a parliamentary review committee took the next step in the controversial policy of expropriation of land without compensation by recommending that a constitutional change be enacted.
"SouthAfricans have spoken loud and clear, and we listened to their cry," said Lewis Nzimande, the co-chair of the committee.
The ruling African National Congress, pushed by an insurgent opposition party on the left in the run-up to a general election next year, adopted the policy late last year to help accelerate land reform. The parliamentary committee has accepted the report recommending a change in the constitution.
But opposition parties immediately slammed the move, calling the committee's work "a complete farce."
"The vote on expropriation without compensation allows government the perfect cover to avoid having to explain their rank failure over the past two decades to take land reform seriously," the joint opposition statement read.
"The opposition does not oppose land reform, we oppose the amendment of the Constitution."
Colonial and apartheid-era South African laws systematically dispossessed the majority non-white population from the land, with only a tiny percentage of commercial land owned by black people at the dawn of democracy.
But exhaustive independent studies have shown that the ANC-led government's attempts to redistribute land have been beset by corruption, mismanagement and a lack of will.
Opponents of a constitutional amendment also maintain that the current constitution, adopted by a broad coalition in 1996, already allows for expropriation without compensation.
South Africa's largest agricultural union AgriSA -- a group that advocates for commercial farmers -- called the decision "unacceptable" and said it would continue to fight against its implementation.
"The proposed amendment is politically motivated and will cause large scale damage to the South African economy. The priority for millions of South Africans is job creation, housing, crime prevention and quality education," the union said in a statement.
Critics accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of preempting the outcomes of the hearings by publicly backing the policy before the parliamentary group was done with its work.
Ramaphosa, who is currently on a charm drive in Europe, has been engaged in a delicate balancing act.
The generally business-friendly politician is trying to woo investors to a country damaged by alleged corruption and mismanagement under his predecessor Jacob Zuma, while pushing forward a more aggressive land policy -- something bound to make investors nervous.
Published on Nov 15, 2018
The stage has been set for another nasty court battle over parliament's decision to amend the Constitution to expropriate land without compensation. A report that recommends the amendment of Section 25 of the constitution was supported by the ANC and the EFF,
amid huge outcries from opposition parties, NGO's and academics.
Published on Nov 18, 2018
The Saturday special in downtown Joburg. Three tripe, three derems, get one lung free for only seven hundred rand. Ofal and skopo - hugely popular street food. And as reporter Maakegetla Mohlabe discovered, devotees are not scared off by potential health risks. Johannesburg mayor Herman Mashaba came under fire earlier this week when he effected a citizen's arrest of a trader pushing a trolley with cows heads. He was accused of being insensitive to the plight of informal traders. But the mayor said it was a bid to ensure food safety.
Published on Nov 27, 2018
Residents who were forcefully removed from Mbombela in the 1970s are still waiting for compensation. More than 83-point-5 million rand was set aside for beneficiaries but only some have received money. Those who didn't are looking to the courts for assistance.
White South Africans inspired by Trump, US alt-right CNN
Published on Nov 23, 2018
The response from President Donald Trump to the violence at a 2017 white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia, has inspired a group in South Africa. CNN's David McKenzie reports.
This one isn't S Africa it's Zimbabwe. Remember Rhodesia?
Zimbabwe to Compensate Displaced White Farmers VOA News
Published on Dec 6, 2018
Zimbabwe's government plans to compensate white farmers whose land was seized during the country's land reform in the early 2000s. But farmers say the $53 million in compensation is not enough and that land should also be returned to them. Columbus Mavhunga reports from Harare.
Originally published at - https://www.voanews.com/a/zimbabwe-to...
Published on Dec 11, 2018
Leader of the Black First Land First's Movement Andile Mngxitama has defended his racial comments made at a rally in Potchefstroom in the North West over the weekend. He claimed they were taken out of context. A video surfaced on social media, in which Mngxitama said: "if you kill one black person, we will kill five white people".
He said he was reacting to businessman Johan Rupert saying he had an army in the taxi industry. Rupert was referring to his links with the South African Black Taxi Association.