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Stories about South Africa

27 October 2015

#FeesMustFall Hashtag in South Africa Turns Into #FeesHaveFallen. But Have They?

"The reality is that #FeesHaveFallen has been hushed into FeesHaveNotFallen. Nothing's changed; something has been prevented."

18 September 2015

South Africa's President Blames the West for Surge in Refugees, So ‘They Must Address It’

Jacob Zuma said the West was guilty of opening the floodgates of refugees by taking military action in Libya, a statement that divided netizens.

#DearMrPresident: South Africans Write to President Zuma on Twitter

An open letter to South Africa's President Jacob Zuma about rising crime levels caused an outpouring of criticism from citizens on Twitter with the hashtag #DearMrPresident.

17 July 2015

Explaining the Appeal of the Song ‘Nkosi Sikelel’ iAfrika’ Across Africa and Beyond

"Nkosi Sikelel' iAfrika" means "Lord Bless Africa" but its message resonates at a deeper level for many Africans and non-Africans alike.

9 July 2015

How Do You Bring Electricity to 620 Million People?

Sub-Saharan Africa needs a more reliable energy supply. The way it chooses to meet that need will affect the entire planet.

25 June 2015

Take a Look at the Africa the Media Never Shows You

Western media tends to portray Africa as a dark, hopeless place. African Twitter users have rallied under the hashtag #TheAfricaTheMediaNeverShowsYou to prove that's not true.

18 June 2015

#Iam76 Honors South African Students Killed During Apartheid-Era Soweto Uprising

"Their crime was: They Dared to bare the lethal bullet This undying testament of the oppressed!"

17 June 2015

Why Did South Africa Let Wanted Sudanese President Bashir Leave the Country?

Bashir is wanted by the International Criminal Court for crimes against humanity, genocide and war crimes. Online commenters speculated reasons could include blackmail, hatred of the West or pure incompetence.

12 June 2015

The 2010 FIFA World Cup Started 5 Years Ago. South Africa Remembers the Good Times.

On June 11, 2010, South Africa hosted the biggest sporting event in the world. It was the first time it ever happened on the African continent.

8 June 2015

International ‘Freedom Flotilla III’ on Its Way to Break the Gaza Siege

The Freedom Flotilla III will join an increasingly long list of boats that have attempted to break the Israeli siege of Gaza. Will it succeed this time?

7 June 2015

Protecting South Africa's President With a Chicken Run, Swimming Pool, Amphitheatre and Sacred Cattle Kraal

"Zuma's cows sleep in a [$80,000] kraal whilst our people live in shacks with open toilets"

23 April 2015

Kenyan Lives Matter, African Students Say at Garissa Vigil in Beijing

A group of African students in Beijing organized a vigil to honor the 147 victims of the Garissa attack. China has little tolerance for shows of public sentiment, even grief.

16 April 2015

Is South Africa Off Limits to Other Africans?

South Africa has witnessed xenophobic attacks involving beatings, killings, and burning and looting shops and property owned by foreigners. Five people have been killed, including a 14-year-old boy.

21 March 2015

Are These Wild Ideas Our Last Hope for Saving Africa's Rhinos?

From fake horns to relocation, today’s wildlife protectors are enlisting new — and often unproven — strategies to save endangered species.

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