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Uber tries out ‘panic buttons’ after rape cases in South Africa

14 hours agoNews : BlogPost

JOHANNESBURG — Uber has not been having an easy ride lately in South Africa. After a string of alleged attacks on passengers triggered safety concerns, the popular app-based car service is rolling out an “SOS” button in some vehicles. Public concerns over the service’s safety have been gathering steam since July, after a woman ordered an […]

No more trade in endangered pangolins, U.N. meeting decides

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - The United Nations on Wednesday banned global trade in highly endangered pangolins, a scaly animal with the dubious distinction of being the world's most poached mammal.

Wildlife meeting votes for complete trade ban on pangolins: CITES

Delegates at the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) in Johannesburg voted Wednesday to ban all trade of the endangered pangolin, the world's most heavily trafficked mammal. "(The) committee agrees all pangolins...Show More Summary

Free education is possible if South Africa moves beyond smoke and mirrors

Salim Vally, University of Johannesburg; Enver Motala, University of Fort Hare; Leigh-Ann Naidoo, University of the Witwatersrand; Mondli Hlatshwayo, University of Johannesburg; Rasigan Maharajh, Tshwane University of Technology, and Zolisa Marawu, Nelson Mandela Metropolitan University South Africa's universities are once again in uproar. Show More Summary

Steinhoff plans share sale

Furniture and clothing retailer Steinhoff International moves to strengthen its finances following recent acquisitions. ||| Johannesburg - Steinhoff International plans to raise as much as 2.4 billion euros ($2.7 billion) by selling shares, strengthening its finances following recent acquisitions by the South African furniture and clothing retailer. Show More Summary

Africa Cup of Nations seeds named

yesterdaySports / Football : EPL Talk

Johannesburg (AFP) – Title-holders Ivory Coast, hosts Gabon and former champions Algeria and Ghana were named Tuesday as the top seeds for the 2017 Africa Cup of Nations tournament.  Ivory Coast defeated four-time champions Ghana after a penalty shootout in Equatorial Guinea last year to win the African football showpiece a second time. Show More Summary

Cricket-Worrall to get Australian ODI debut

JOHANNESBURG, Sept 26 (Reuters) - Australia fast bowler Daniel Worrall will make his one-day international debut in Tuesday's one-off match against Ireland at Willowmore Park in Benoni, South Africa, captain Steve Smith said on Mond...

Late goal takes Bejaia to CAF Cup final

2 days agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

Johannesburg (AFP) – Faouzi Rahal scored in the final minute to snatch a 1-1 draw for Mouloudia Bejaia of Algeria at FUS Rabat of Morocco on Monday and secure a CAF Confederation Cup final place. First-time African competitors Bejaia won the semi-final on away goals after the first leg finished 0-0 last weekend. Show More Summary

South African union backs Ramaphosa to succeed Zuma as ANC leader

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - A powerful South Africa mining union on Monday backed Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa to succeed President Jacob Zuma as the next leader of the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

African elephant population tumbles due to poaching

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Africa's elephant population fell around 20 percent between 2006 and 2015 because of a surge in ivory poaching, the International Union for Conservation of Nature (IUCN) said in a report on Sunday.

UN Won't Increase Restrictions Against Ivory Trade

This year's meeting of CITES, The Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species, in Johannesburg, South Africa, is considering dozens of proposals on regulating the trade in everything from tiny frogs to sharks, to trees and flowers as well as the more high profile threatened species such as rhinos, lions and tigers. Show More Summary

Zamalek survive brilliant Wydad comeback

4 days agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

Johannesburg (AFP) – Zamalek of Egypt suffered a 5-2 thrashing at Wydad Casablanca of Morocco Saturday, but still qualified to meet Mamelodi Sundowns of South Africa in the CAF Champions League final.   The five-time African champions...Show More Summary

South African Billionaire Patrice Motsepe Invests In Mining Firm

African Rainbow Capital (ARC), an investment firm controlled by South African billionaire Patrice Motsepe, has acquired an 18.36% stake in public listed Afrimat, a company listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange.

Swaziland's rhino horn sale bid seen doomed at U.N. meeting on wildlife trade

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - Swaziland faces a struggle to get permission to sell 330 kg rhino horn for about $10 million from a U.N. conference on the global wildlife trade which began in Johannesburg on Saturday but hopes to stoke a debate about regulated trade.

Wildlife meeting weighs how to save endangered species

Thousands of conservationists and government officials open talks in Johannesburg on Saturday to thrash out regulating international trade in elephant ivory, rhino horn and hundreds of endangered wild animals and plants. The boomingShow More Summary

South Africa’s student protests are part of a much bigger struggle

5 days agoNews : BlogPost

JOHANNESBURG — Hundreds of students at universities across South Africa have blockaded roads and clashed with police this week, protesting for the right to free education and against deeper inequities in a year-long movement that has come to be known as #FeesMustFall. Last October, university students brought a number of campuses to a standstill, protesting […]

Zamalek seem safe, Sundowns, ZESCO battle on

5 days agoSports / Football : EPL Talk

Johannesburg (AFP) – Only a catastrophic collapse can prevent Zamalek of Egypt reaching the CAF Champions League final this weekend, but ZESCO United of Zambia hold a precarious lead in the other semi-final.      Five-time title-holders...Show More Summary

Consume Or Conserve? Now That Is The Question

The Convention of International Trade in Animals (CITES) is the organization that monitors, restricts or allows and licenses trade in animals. Within days now, world wildlife experts will be gathering in Johannesburg at the CoP 17 meeting, the event that determines the next round of changes in status. Show More Summary

South Africa motorbike racing

Not far from the refurbished F1 race track of Kyalami in Johannesburg, South Africa is a small, virtually dirt race track that attracts only the brave and rare ‘petrol heads’ on some Sundays to race against each other in the hot sun for bragging rights and a trophy. Show More Summary

South African police clash with students in tuition fees protest

JOHANNESBURG (Reuters) - South African police fired tear gas in clashes with students at the University of KwaZulu-Natal on Thursday and arsonists torched a building at another campus overnight, police said on Thursday, as protests over tuition costs spread.

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