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Africa officials say trade deal ready for signing

Sharm el Sheikh (Egypt) (AFP) – Senior African officials negotiating a trade deal in Egypt to create a common market across half the continent said Monday the pact was ready to be signed. The Tripartite Free Trade Area (TFTA) spanning 26 countries is to be launched at a summit of heads of state and government on Wednesday in the Red Sea resort town of Sharm el-Sheikh. The pact aims to set up a common framework for tariff preferences that would ease the movement of goods across the area’s member countries….

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NIGERIA MAY TAKE ZULU KING TO ICC

The Nigerian Senate is contemplating bringing Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini to the International Criminal Court (ICC) for remarks in which he called immigrants to South Africa “ants” and “head lice,” remarks believed to have triggered a growing wave of xenophobic violence in that country. According to Nigeria’s Vanguard newspaper, Nigeria’s Senate met this week to discuss the possibility of the federal government bringing Zwelithini to the ICC for violation of international hate speech laws and inciting violence. Following a speech in which Zwelithini compared immigrants to “head lice,” South Africans,…

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South Africa xenophobic Violence Against Africans

Graphic images of foreign nationals being stabbed and burnt to death have grabbed some attention. But the fuss about xenophobia will soon be forgotten (I’d say within a couple of months) just like xenophobia massacre (60+ dead), which took place in 2008, was soon forgotten. What has changed since then? The fact is that no substantial action has been taken since the start of democracy, to curb murder, rape, xenophobia and all other forms of crime. Why would ‘we’ suddenly start taking action against attacks against foreigners when for 21…

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South Africa’s Violent History

It’s the photo that has shocked a nation: the stark image of a helpless Mozambican migrant pleading for his life as a gang of men brutally murdered him in a Johannesburg street in front of a silent audience of onlookers. First the men stalked him along the street. Then one clubbed him with a wrench, while another stabbed him. The Mozambican fell bleeding to the ground and died minutes later, becoming the latest victim in a wave of anti-foreigner attacks sweeping across South Africa. More than 5,000 migrants, mostly from…

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Afcons: South Africa Bafana Bafana 23 Man Squad Named

Bafana Bafana coach Shakes Mashaba has named the 23-man squad that will represent South Africa at the CAF Orange Africa Cup of Nations Equatorial Guinea 2015 tournament which starts next month (17 January to 8 February 2015). Mashaba has kept faith with most of the players that did duty during the AFCON 2015 qualifiers. The coach had called up 34 players to the mini-training camp which started on Friday, 26 December in Johannesburg – with only Dean Furman (England) and Thulani Serero (Netherlands) unable to join the camp. Mashaba has…

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South Africa’s ‘miracle transition’ has not put an end to white privilege

      Assad Essa An Afrikaner group claims white people are victims of discrimination,but black people continue to bear the brunt of inequality   In his final address to the African National Congress (ANC) in 1997, Nelson Mandela stunned the western world by attacking white privilege – that enduring postcolonial swear word that lays bare the legacy of white entitlement. It was surprising to many observers, ordinarily accustomed to an affable, reconciliatory Mandela who appeared intent on banishing race-based politics to the past. But the former South African president was direct…

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Malema Launched Own Party In Marikana

Kwanele Sosibo   Julius Malema, the “commander- in-chief” of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF), is no stranger to the historic Marikana koppie that he will ascend when his party has its official launch on Sunday October 13. On August 18, as the striking Lonmin workers continued to gather in the immediate aftermath of the Marikana massacre, Malema, clad in a navy-blue and red Nike tracksuit, clutched two mics as he urged workers to “never retreat, even in the face of death”. Malema gives ANC the jitters In the speech were…

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South African Malema To Form Political Party

The former head of the youth wing of South Africa’s governing African Nation Congress is set to launch his new party in Marikana where police last year killed 34 striking miners demanding a pay rise. Julius Malema, who was expelled from the ANC for bringing the party into disrepute, told South African media he wanted to become the country’s next president under the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party. He said he would not be satisfied with a seat in parliament. Malema, 32, said he picked on Marikana as the venue…

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Danny Jordaan Returns to South African Football

  LIberian Listener Sports Danny Jordaan who headed South Africa 2010 world cup successful campaign has returned to South African football, this time as president of the South African FA. He was elected as new head of South Africa FA” after winning the two-man contest for the position,” in which Jordaan garnered 162 votes while his rival Mandla Mazibuko took home 88 ballots, said the British Broadcasting Corporation. The new SAFA President is an advisor to Confederation of African Football (CAF) president Issa Hayatou after several failed attempts for a…

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Africa Cup of Nations 2013: Predicting How Rest of Draw Will Play out

        Only one day and two matches remain before the full knockout round is set in the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations. Tuesday’s matches saw Nigeria advance by the skin of their teeth, scoring two late goals to beat Ethiopia 2-0. Burkina Faso also toothed their way to a 0-0 tie against Zambia, eliminating the defending champion Chipolopolo in the process. With the matches being streamed on ESPN3.com, Africa’s premier international tournament has received unprecedented exposure and acclaim. On one hand it is sad the tournament is almost finished, but on the other,…

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