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Only 1 in 5 S.African executives are black

South Africa's workplaces are still heavily racially skewed 20 years after the fall of apartheid, with only one fifth of top executive positions held by blacks, said a report published Wednesday. "The majority of work places are still 'lilly white' at the top and often male over-represented, with a few pockets of black and women executives," Labour Minister Mildred Oliphant commented on the government's findings. Overall, blacks represent around 75 percent of South Africa's economically active population, compared to just under 11 percent of whites.

S.African lawyer Bizos likens Marikana shooting to apartheid-era massacre

Prominent rights activist George Bizos Wednesday accused South African police of apartheid-era brutality during an inquiry into the killing of 34 striking miners, after an officer testified he was told to take the blame for the crackdown. Bizos, who was a close friend and lawyer of Nelson Mandela, said police was using the same excuse to justify the killing as that used following the 1960 Sharpeville Massacre, when apartheid police killed scores of protesters in a blacks-only area outside Johannesburg.

South Africa mediator resumes talks with striking platinum union

By Ed Stoddard and Xola Potelwa JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's government mediator met with the striking Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) on Wednesday to restart talks aimed at ending a crippling platinum strike now entering its tenth week. The Commission for Conciliation, Mediation and Arbitration said in a statement it would separately meet companies Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin this week, but industry sources said as of late Wednesday no date for that meeting had been set.

South Africa mediator to resume talks with striking platinum union

By Ed Stoddard and Xola Potelwa JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South Africa's government mediator said it will meet with the striking Association of Mineworkers and Construction Union (AMCU) on Wednesday to restart talks aimed at ending a crippling platinum strike now entering its tenth week. The Commission for Conciliation Mediation and Arbitration (CCMA) also said in a statement it would separately meet companies Anglo American Platinum, Impala Platinum and Lonmin this week.

Exclusive: South African military in 'critical decline', review says

By Wendell Roelf CAPE TOWN (Reuters) - South Africa's cash-strapped armed forces are in a "critical state of decline" that will take at least a decade to fix even with urgent action, according to a military strategy review seen by Reuters. It said "neglect" of defense capability could impact everything from border security to trade and constrain Pretoria's continental peace-keeping and diplomatic ambitions.

Nelson Mandela leaves $4 million estate to family, staff, ANC

By Zandi Shabalala and Tiisetso Motsoeneng JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Former South African president and anti-apartheid hero Nelson Mandela left his $4.1 million estate to family members, the ruling African National Congress, former staff and several local schools, according to a reading of his will on Monday. The will was expected to set off another round of squabbling among members of his large and factious family over the Nobel Peace Prize laureate's financial legacy.

Opposition seeks probe into Mandela memorial funds amid graft claims

South Africa's opposition parties Saturday demanded a probe into how taxpayers' money released for Nelson Mandela's memorial services had been used, after allegations that some of the funds had been misappropriated. An Eastern Cape provincial paper on Saturday alleged that a senior official of the ruling ANC party had embezzled part of the money released by Buffalo City Metropolitan municipality. Citing its own research, the newspaper said 5.9 million rand (US$532,000) was paid to a local transport company linked to the ANC official.

Talks under way to end South African mining strike

The South African government hosted negotiations Friday aimed at ending a pay dispute between tens of thousands of striking platinum mineworkers and mining firms, amid reports of clashes on the picket lines. As the country's mines and labour ministers led talks seeking to limit the economic damage of the strike, police said strikers were hurling stones at cars and barricading roads.

French institute to restore, digitise Mandela trial recordings

France's National Audiovisual Institute (INA) announced Friday it would restore and digitise the recordings of the Rivonia Trial that saw Nelson Mandela and seven other anti-apartheid activists sentenced to life in jail. The original audio recordings of the 1963-1964 court case -- described as one of the most significant political trials in South African history -- are old and deteriorating.

SAfrica moves on after Mandela laid to rest

On a public holiday dedicated to reconciliation, South Africans started coming to terms with the loss of Nelson Mandela on Monday, unveiling a giant statue Monday to honour his struggle for equality. A day after the democracy icon was buried with full honours in his boyhood village nearly 1,000 kilometres (560 miles) away, a nine-metre (30 foot) bronze likeness was unveiled on the lawns of the Union Buildings, the seat of government in Pretoria.
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