South Africa http://www.globalpost.com/taxonomy/term/19786/all en South Africa intelligence minister's wife found guilty of drug trafficking http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/110505/south-africa-intelligence-minister-wife-drug-trafficking <p> Critics say that if Siyabonga Cwele was unaware of his wife&rsquo;s drug smuggling, then he should not be in charge of the country&#39;s security and intelligence operations.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/110505/south-africa-intelligence-minister-wife-drug-trafficking" target="_blank">read more</a></p> International Crime South Africa Brazil South Africa Thu, 05 May 2011 18:14:00 +0000 News Desk 5642755 at http://www.globalpost.com BRICs challenge European claim to top job at IMF http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/emerging-markets/110524/brics-developing-countries-imf-lagarde-china-ind <p> The BRICs are going up against a tradition that began with the founding of the IMF after World War II, a &quot;gentleman&#39;s agreement&quot; that stipulated that a European would head the IMF</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/business-tech/emerging-markets/110524/brics-developing-countries-imf-lagarde-china-ind" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa China European Union IMF South Africa Americas Business Asia-Pacific Emerging Markets France Brazil Europe China Global Economy India Russia South Africa Wed, 25 May 2011 03:11:00 +0000 News Desk 5647196 at http://www.globalpost.com Deepest-dwelling land animal, "worm from hell," is discovered in a gold mine http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/110602/multicellular-worms-hell-discovered-deep-earth-sout <p> The researchers say their find should be taken into consideration in the search for multicellular life in other extreme conditions.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/110602/multicellular-worms-hell-discovered-deep-earth-sout" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Mining South Africa Business Wildlife News Offbeat Science South Africa Fri, 03 Jun 2011 04:17:30 +0000 News Desk 5648948 at http://www.globalpost.com Ophir Energy, African exploration firm, to list on London Stock Exchange http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/ophir-energy-african-exploration-firm-list-london-stock-e <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Hot energy exploration firm expected to raise $1 billion in London. </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Andrew Meldrum </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> The fabled riches of Ophir may be found in Africa &mdash; and on the London Stock Exchange.</p> <p> Ophir Energy, the firm developing a hot track record for exploring and exploiting energy deposits in Africa, announced Thursday that it will list <a href="http://www.ft.com/intl/cms/s/0/e52e5c6c-9204-11e0-b8c1-00144feab49a.html?ftcamp=crm/email/201169/nbe/AfricaSubSaharaBusiness/product#axzz1OnALPBNw" target="_blank">on the London Stock Exchange</a>.&nbsp;</p> <p> The African exploration firm, backed by <a href="http://www.ft.com/cms/s/0/cb2c745e-7be1-11e0-9298-00144feabdc0.html#axzz1OhPYU7Mh" target="_blank">Lakshmi Mittal</a>, one of Britain&rsquo;s richest men, is set to tap into the demand for energy stocks. Ophir is expected to value at more than $1 billion, making it one of the largest oil exploration entries on the London stock exchange.</p> <p> So big money can be made in Africa &mdash; but will Africans benefit from it?</p> <p> Founded in 2004, Ophir has notched up a string of exploration successes, with five discoveries from eight wells drilled since 2008.&nbsp;Two were gas discoveries in Equatorial Guinea and three were gas discoveries in Tanzania.</p> <p> Opir&#39;s current portfolio comprises 17 assets in eight countries in Africa. It is the fifth largest holder of deepwater acreage in Africa. The company has approximately 90,000 square kilometers of net exploration acreage.</p> <p> The company plans to undertake an extensive exploration program with plans to drill 11 wells in four countries over the next 18 months.</p> <p> Ophir hopes to raise up to $400m through the sale of new shares to fund further exploration.&nbsp;It has some high-profile backers, including Mittal Group, which owns 21 percent. Poland&rsquo;s wealthiest man, Jan Kulczyk, is another backer with 13 percent while Och-Ziff, the asset manager, holds 13 percent.</p> <p> African investors include Mvelaphanda Holdings, the South African company founded by former freedom fighter and South African politician Tokyo Sexwale, with a 3.8 per cent share.</p> <p> The company acts as operator on most of its projects and usually holds a high level of equity as a way of being able to control the timing and scale of any expenditure.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/ophir-energy-african-exploration-firm-list-london-stock-e" target="_blank">read more</a></p> South Africa Emerging Markets Global Economy Africa Emerges Thu, 09 Jun 2011 16:20:00 +0000 Andrew Meldrum 5650218 at http://www.globalpost.com Michelle Obama visits Africa (PHOTOS) http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5652687 On her first major overseas trip without her husband, Michelle Obama focuses on women's leadership and the anti-apartheid struggle.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/internal/gallery/5652687" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Apartheid Obama South Africa Travel/Tourism World Leaders South Africa Africa Emerges Tue, 21 Jun 2011 21:18:00 +0000 News Desk 5652687 at http://www.globalpost.com South Africa worried about new chief justice http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/110914/south-africa-worried-about-new-chief-justice <p> JOHANNESBURG &mdash; South African President Jacob Zuma&#39;s new Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng has prompted fears that their country&rsquo;s constitution may be eroded.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/110914/south-africa-worried-about-new-chief-justice" target="_blank">read more</a></p> South Africa South Africa Thu, 15 Sep 2011 10:16:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5675352 at http://www.globalpost.com Africa's most powerful men under 40 http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/africas-most-powerful-men-under-40 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Joseph Kabila and Julius Malema are the top 2. Who else is on the list? </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Andrew Meldrum </div> </div> </div> <!--paging_filter--><p> Who are the most powerful African men under 40?</p> <p> Democratic Republic of Congo President Joseph Kabila and South Africa&#39;s controversial politician Julius Malema are the top two.</p> <p> That&#39;s according to a new list <a href="http://www.forbes.com/sites/mfonobongnsehe/2011/09/13/the-10-youngest-power-men-in-africa/2/" target="_blank">&quot;The 10 Youngest Power Men in Africa&quot;</a> on Forbes.com. The list, compiled by <a href="http://blogs.forbes.com/mfonobongnsehe/" target="_blank">Mfonobong Nsehe</a>, is interesting but it seems a bit arbitrary, as all such rankings do, and it seems to have too many men from South Africa.</p> <p> I appreciate the power of business and the economy, but this list seems too heavy on businessmen. There seem to be too many men with links to the McKinsey consulting group. By my count four of these powerful African men have been or are currently with McKinsey. Is the international consulting firm that powerful?</p> <p> If you think the choices are questionable, who are your choices for the 10 most powerful African men 40 and under?&nbsp;</p> <p> Here they are:</p> <p> <strong>1) Joseph Kabila</strong>, Congolese, president, Democratic Republic of Congo<br /> Now 40, Kabila has been in power for 11 years. He became president of the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) in after his father, former President Laurent Kabila, was assassinated in a coup attempt at the height of a &nbsp;civil war. As soon as he took the reins of power, Kabila moved quickly to end the country&rsquo;s civil war by negotiating peace agreements with rebel forces in 2002, which ended the war. Kabila consolidated his hold on power in 2006 when he won the country&rsquo;s first democratic elections in over 40 years. The DRC has the second highest infant-mortality rate and the second lowest nominal GDP per capita in the world, despite its immense deposits of mineral resources. But Kabila believes he can fix it all with more time. He is seeking re-election during November&rsquo;s Presidential elections.</p> <p> <strong>2) Julius Malema</strong>, South African, president of the African National Congress Youth League<br /> Malema, 30, is the president of the Youth League of South Africa&rsquo;s ruling Action National Congress (ANC). The Youth League wields enormous power in South African politics, and played a pivotal role in the election of the incumbent president, Jacob Zuma, during the 2009 presidential elections. Malema, its leader, remains one of the country&rsquo;s most divisive and polarizing figures, frequently stirring controversy for his inflammatory rhetoric and racial slurs. Malema was once selected by Zuma as a future leader of South Africa but now the two have fallen out and the ANC is deciding whether or not to censure Malema or even expel him from the party. Plus South Africa&#39;s courts banned him from singing his signature song: &quot;Kill the Boer.&quot; &nbsp;</p> <p> <strong>3) Mark Shuttleworth</strong>, South African, founder, Ubuntu<br /> In 1995, at the age of 22, Shuttleworth founded Thawte, a digital certificate and internet security company that he later sold to American software giantVeriSign for over $500 million, ploughing the proceeds to fund a tech incubator and venture capital firm. Shuttleworth achieved fame in 2002 for using his money to buy a $20 million ticket onto the space shuttle, becoming the first &quot;Afro-naut.&quot;</p> <p> Shuttleworth, now 38, founded Ubuntu, a computer operating system which is distributed as free open source software. Shuttleworth is also the founder of the Shuttleworth Foundation, a purpose trust that funds individuals who are actively engaged in social change projects. The foundation identifies social entrepreneurs, gives them a fellowship grant, and multiplies the money the entrepreneurs put into their projects by a factor of 10 or more. Shuttleworth now lives on the Isle of Man and is a dual citizen of South Africa and Britain.</p> <p> <strong>4) Fred Swaniker</strong>, founder, African Leadership Academy<br /> Swaniker, 34, a Ghanaian-born entrepreneur and business consultant and Mckinsey alumnus is the founder of the African Leadership Academy, a coeducational, residential secondary boarding school in Johannesburg, South Africa which recruits outstanding students from across Africa and prepares them for a future of leadership.</p> <p> <strong>5) Acha Leke</strong>, Cameroonian, Partner, Mckinsey &amp; Company<br /> One of Africa&rsquo;s most sought after business consultants, Leke, 38, is a partner at McKinsey &amp; Company. The brainy Cameroonian advises multinational corporations. He also co-authored McKinsey&rsquo;s report on Africa &ldquo;Lions on the Move: The Progress and Potential of African Economies,&rdquo; and is a co-founder of the African Leadership Academy. In 2009, he was selected as a Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum.</p> <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/africa-emerges/africas-most-powerful-men-under-40" target="_blank">read more</a></p> South Africa World Leaders Africa Emerges Thu, 15 Sep 2011 19:03:09 +0000 Andrew Meldrum 5675446 at http://www.globalpost.com The Rainbow Struggle: The bonds of sisterhood for wine farm's transgendered in South Africa http://www.globalpost.com/internal/video/5676900 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Three transgendered wine farm workers seek strength and acceptance in Stellenbosch.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Christine Detz </div> </div> </div> <p>Born as men but preferring to dress as women, gay &#39;sisters&#39; Hope, Melanie and Natalie find allies at the Hazendal Wine Estate in Stellenbosch, South Africa.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="640" height="360" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/twistage_stills/f05e27826dc8f-original_0.jpg?1317824265" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2011:10:05 10:17</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("f05e27826dc8f", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> South Africa Special Reports Culture & Lifestyle South Africa Wed, 05 Oct 2011 14:17:00 +0000 Christine Detz 5676900 at http://www.globalpost.com On Location Baviaanskloof: Climate Change in South Africa http://www.globalpost.com/internal/video/5682256 <div class="field field-type-text field-field-subhead"> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <!--paging_filter--><p>Fighting climate change one town at a time.</p> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-text field-field-byline1"> <div class="field-label">Byline:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> Jeffrey Barbee </div> </div> </div> <p> A community comes together to restore land dried by climate change.</p> <div class="field field-type-content-taxonomy field-field-copyright"> <div class="field-label">Copyright/Source:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> GlobalPost </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-filefield field-field-lead-image"> <div class="field-label">Still Frame:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <img class="imagefield imagefield-field_lead_image" width="640" height="360" alt="" src="http://www.globalpost.com/sites/default/files/twistage_stills/736c5784e8a2e-original.jpg?1321997792" /> </div> </div> </div> <div class="field field-type-datestamp field-field-publish-date"> <div class="field-label">Publish Date:&nbsp;</div> <div class="field-items"> <div class="field-item odd"> <span class="date-display-single">2011:11:28 06:00</span> </div> </div> </div> <div class="vid-wrapper"> <script type="text/javascript"> //not in site and viewNode("736c5784e8a2e", {player_profile:"_gp3_full", server_detection:true}); </script> </div> Baviaanskloof On Location South Africa South Africa Mon, 28 Nov 2011 11:00:00 +0000 Jeffrey Barbee 5682256 at http://www.globalpost.com China: South Africa's latest role model? http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120209/china-south-africas-latest-role-model JOHANNESBURG — South African politicians push to model its economic plan after that of its biggest trading partner in 2011, China.<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120209/china-south-africas-latest-role-model" target="_blank">read more</a></p> South Africa China Global Economy South Africa Fri, 10 Feb 2012 11:02:00 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5691145 at http://www.globalpost.com South Africans try poisoning horns to save rhinos http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120223/rhino-poaching-south-africa-poisons-rhino-horns KRUGERSDORP — South Africans are trying many unusual measures, such as poisoning rhino horns, to protect the animals from deadly poaching. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatch/news/regions/africa/south-africa/120223/rhino-poaching-south-africa-poisons-rhino-horns" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa South Africa Wildlife News South Africa Wed, 29 Feb 2012 11:15:20 +0000 Erin Conway-Smith 5693158 at http://www.globalpost.com Thanking Goodness: Community care workers and HIV/AIDS patients help each other in South Africa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/hiv-aids-community-care-workers CAPE TOWN –– Margaret Hans, 25, shuffles to the door of her simple but immaculate two-room township home. Thin and with drawn facial features, she is still weak from tuberculosis - the all-too-familiar opportunistic scourge that piggy-backs on the South African HIV epidemic. It’s Tuesday, which means that community care worker Goodness Henama, 26, is making her weekly visit. Today, Hans has someone to talk to. In any country, quality of life is all in the detail. But in South Africa, the bigger picture is dominant: as of 2009, 5.6 million people were living with HIV, and the country has been rushing to catch up on the roll out of anti-retroviral drugs and coping with the sheer social impact of 1.9 million orphans due to AIDS. How, then, is there time to listen to Margaret?<p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/hiv-aids-community-care-workers" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Global health HIV/AIDS South Africa Aid South Africa Health Global Pulse GlobalPost Blogs Wed, 20 Jun 2012 18:31:26 +0000 Alex Duval Smith 5708659 at http://www.globalpost.com A Daughter's Journey, Part III: Mother-to-child transmission in Johannesburg http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/mother-child-transmission-johannesburg JOHANNESBURG—From the outside, the Chris Hani Baragwanath Hospital, on the outskirts of Soweto township, looks like a prison. A metal fence with security checkpoints surrounds the hospital’s large yellow brick buildings. Despite appearances, though, this research hospital has served more than three million people. It is the largest research hospital in southern Africa and among the largest in the world. When I arrived in Johannesburg, USAID representatives Shelagh O’Rourke and Themba Mathebula met me at the airport. They had arranged for me to visit Baragwanath Hospital, which is home to a USAID-funded HIV clinic that focuses on the prevention of mother-to-child transmission. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/mother-child-transmission-johannesburg" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Global health HIV/AIDS South Africa Aid South Africa Health Global Pulse GroundTruth Thu, 21 Jun 2012 14:14:00 +0000 Tracy Jarrett 5708678 at http://www.globalpost.com A Daughter's Journey, Part IV: Ladies build support in Langa http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/daughters-journey-ladies-aids-support-langa CAPE TOWN—The ladies, as they have come to be known, arrive to work by 9:00 every morning. Their office is an old mini bus (taxi) station in the center of Langa township. The dilapidated white building is dark inside; a table lined with blue plastic chairs is set up by the window, and two men sit in a small office behind security glass. Resembling a YMCA-meets-doctor’s office, this station has housed the Langa Action Community AIDS Program (L.A.C.A.P.) for seven years. <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/daughters-journey-ladies-aids-support-langa" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Global health HIV/AIDS South Africa Health Global Pulse GroundTruth Tue, 26 Jun 2012 14:04:00 +0000 Tracy Jarrett 5709382 at http://www.globalpost.com A Daughter's Journey: On the Ground in Cape Town http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/daughters-journey-cape-town-video “A Daughter's Journey" is a series of blog posts by Tracy Jarrett, a GlobalPost/Kaiser Family Foundation global health reporting fellow. Tracy is traveling from her hometown, Chicago, to Cape Town, South Africa as part of a Special Report entitled "AIDS: A Turning Point.” <p><a href="http://www.globalpost.com/dispatches/globalpost-blogs/global-pulse/daughters-journey-cape-town-video" target="_blank">read more</a></p> Africa Africa Global health Ground Truth HIV/AIDS South Africa South Africa Health Global Pulse GroundTruth GlobalPost Blogs Fri, 29 Jun 2012 15:24:09 +0000 Emily Judem 5709996 at http://www.globalpost.com