Will we see Africa's rhinos become extinct in our lifetime? The continent's rhinos are already endangered and now they are being killed at a rapidly increasing rate. The rhinos are not safe in South Africa's parks despite drastic measures including deadly gun battles with poachers.
PRETORIA — Oscar Pistorius returned to court Monday morning to resume what feels like the never-ending trial of the century. The courtroom benches were a little emptier, the journalists grumpier, and the Twitter ennui palpable as timelines were again flooded with descriptions of Pistorius family facial expressions and the judge’s new hairdo. But don’t despair — the end may be nigh.
JOHANNESBURG — Nelson Mandela’s personal assistant Zelda la Grange has released her much-anticipated memoir of the years spent working for South Africa’s beloved former president — and the nasty family infighting during the final few years of his life. “Good Morning, Mr. Mandela” tells of La Grange’s 19 years as his side, and her transformation from a young Afrikaans typist who grew up during apartheid South Africa, to Mandela’s trusted assistant during his presidency and the years that followed.
JOHANNESBURG — The soccer World Cup is here. The world is watching, fans are pumped and the Brazilian people are — well, not exactly at fever pitch with excitement. Angry protests are continuing over the gobs of money spent on stadiums despite Brazil’s sluggish economy, myriad social problems and devastating gap between rich and poor. Yeah, we’ve been there. Four years ago it was South Africa’s turn to host — and we learned a few lessons along the way.
NEW YORK — Some of the largest nations on Earth — including Afghanistan, Brazil and India, not to mention the United States — will hold important elections in the coming year, any of which could affect the global political landscape profoundly.
On a warm January afternoon in 1993, I was with a group of visiting American newspaper editors gathered at the suburban Johannesburg home of Allister Sparks, the noted journalist, for a backyard braai. Sparks had arranged for us to meet Nelson Mandela, and before long he appeared, wearing a Harvard sweatshirt. We sat around a wooden picnic table under a straw thatched veranda. Mandela drank from a bottle of beer and talked easily, if cautiously, about his vision for South Africa. The country’s general election marking the end of apartheid was still 14 months away. Earlier that day, our group had attended a church service in Soweto, where the buoyant mood of the worshipers and the hopeful expressions on their faces raised for us these questions: Why does there not seem to be more anger in the black community? Out of the history of white oppression of blacks, why is there no call for revenge?