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In South Africa, talk of Nelson Mandela's mortality

In South Africa, talk of Nelson Mandela's mortality | Mali + South Africa -Jessi W. | Scoop.it
A mood of urgency about Nelson Mandela's deteriorating health has been compounded by a series of hospital stays in recent months.
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P-  legacy of a former prisoner who became so revered for his efforts to reconcile a racially divided nation

S- many South Africans cannot bring themselves to speak openly about the possibility of his death

S- the 94-year-old receives treatment for a recurring lung infection, spending a fourth day in a Pretoria hospital

S- The description of Mandela as "ravaged by time," in a statement from a foundation led by retired archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife, speaks to the fragile state of a man who is so mighty in stature

S- his deteriorating health that has been shown by a series of hospital stays in recent months

NTK-"He was a very fruitful fighter, but he's only human," said Thabiso Masemola, a 21-year-old student. "He's reached a point in life where he needs to rest. Let him go, let him be. He's finished his purpose in life."

E- became the first black president in all-race elections in 1994

S-Such a view is gaining currency as South Africans become uneasy with the protracted decline of Mandela, who endured 27 years in prison during white minority rule 

S- Mzinkosi Tantsi, a driver for a neighbor of Mandela in the Johannesburg neighborhood of Houghton, said it had been a "blessing" to shake the former president's hand

S-"I have walked that long road to freedom. I have tried not to falter; I have made missteps along the way. But I have discovered the secret that after climbing a great hill, one only finds that there are many more hills to climb.

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The Africa You Haven't Heard About

The Africa You Haven't Heard About

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E- While Europe and the United States struggle to get their economies growing again after the global recession, the International Monetary Fund expects Africa to have the fastest-growing economy of any continent over the next five years.

E- Six of the world's 10 fastest-growing economies from 2001 to 2010 were in Africa

E-  rise of entrepreneurs, many of them women are the cause  for this speculation of growth

E- "Women in the private sector represent a powerful source of economic growth and opportunity," - Marcelo Giugale, the bank's director for poverty reduction and economic management for Africa.

E- International companies, mostly from China, are investing heavily in Africa. alot of deposits of oil, gas, and minerals are being found there

P- compared business opportunities in Africa to those in China in the early 1990s.

E- number of Africans living in poverty has fallen roughly 10 percentage points—from 58 percent to 48 in ten years

Questio: how far head will africa get in five to ten years?

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Which way will South Africa's young turn now Nelson Mandela is gone?

Which way will South Africa's young turn now Nelson Mandela is gone? | Mali + South Africa -Jessi W. | Scoop.it
The post-apartheid generation has been chanting revolutionary songs but is the ANC in tune with its hopes and fears?
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P- former ANC cheif Oliver Tambo  held flag at N.M. memorial

P- former Apartheid president P.W. Botha

S- most everyone knows the song calling for the  ANC chief Oliver Tambo to tell the former apartheid president PW Botha to release Nelson Mandela

S- a generation has only known mandella as a free man

NTK- is a apartheid museum in South Africa

S- for most of S.A. adults today mandela has been out of the publics eye

S- "Mandela has been an absent presence for some time now," says Ebrahim Fakir from the electoral institute for the sustainability of Democracy in Africa  

S- adults today are not singing it with the same sense of historicism that their parents did," says Eusebius McKaiser, "They know there's greatness there but I'm not sure they always know why."

S- booing of the prime minister, Jacob Zuma, at Mandela's memorial ceremony

NTK-The world did not just lose an icon last week; the ANC also lost the man who most clearly symbolised the morals and political history as a liberation movement.

NTK-"The whites are still racist," said Thami Manana, 29. "It's not the same as before but it's still bad. Look at the houses they live in and the areas where we live."

E- There is a disconnect, particularly among the young, between remembering Mandela and remembering the ANC.

E- "When it comes to local elections people are refusing to vote because they say it's not worth the effort," a young man told pollsters in the Western Cape. "Most times they just don't care because every promise that gets made does not get delivered. That's what threatens democracy at the end of the day because people just don't care any more. Things are just carrying on. Nobody cares about them, so why must they vote people into positions which don't do anything for them?"

E-  "We never stopped singing resistance songs," he says. "Because after 10 years of neoliberal democracy the opportunities for resistance are still there."

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Do white South Africans have a future?

Do white South Africans have a future? | Mali + South Africa -Jessi W. | Scoop.it
World Affairs Editor John Simpson examines the growing crisis faced by South Africa's white communities.
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NTK- Apartheid South Africa looked after white people and nobody else. Now some of its white communities face a level of deprivation, or of violence, which threatens their future in the country.

S-Everyone here, regardless of colour, tells you that white people are still riding high

E-They run the economy , They have a disproportionate amount of influence in politics and the media. They still have the best houses and most of the best jobs.

E- It seems that only certain parts of the white community really have a genuine future here: the better-off, more adaptable parts.

S- this (subtle segragation) is the after-effect of the huge degree of selfishness and brutality which was shown towards the black population under apartheid.

E- many in south Africa have  no water and no electricity, many inhabitants live on two hand-out meals of maize porridge a day, which is given by local volunteers. There is no social security for them, no lifeline - any more than there was for non-whites when apartheid ruled

S- In South Africa you are twice as likely to be murdered if you are a white farmer than if you are a police officer - and the police here have a particularly dangerous life. The killings of farmers are often particularly brutal.

S- There used to be 60,000 white farmers in South Africa. In 20 years that number has halved.

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In the old days, the apartheid system looked after whites and did very little for anyone else. Nowadays white people here are on their own.

P- Those who fit in and succeed will certainly have a future. As for the rest, there are no guarantees whatsoever.

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Malian portal says it was threatened over army story

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Summary: man forced to take down article because of it proving bad things the goverment did but is hiding.

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P-The editor of the news portal Maliactu ,Sega Diarrah told AP he had two different phone calls and an email from Mali's defence and communications ministries saying that they would block his website in Mali if the AP story was not deleted.

P- Army Col Diarran Kone and Army Lt Col Souleymane Maiga spockesmen for Mali's defence ministry, said they didnt know about  any censorship orders.

P- The AP story expalains  the finding of the bodies of six Arab residents from Timbuktu in the Sahara desert near the  town. It contains eyewitness accounts proving the victims were kidnapped by a Malian army group. Malian authorities have consistently denied involvement in the killings, according to the AP report. 

E- The Malian army has a history of censoring and intimidating journalists who scrutinize its doings

Question- what will the goverment of mali do about its armys relationship?

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Huge African troop surge for CAR

Huge African troop surge for CAR | Mali + South Africa -Jessi W. | Scoop.it
The African Union is to increase significantly the number of troops it plans to send to end communal fighting in the Central African Republic.
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The African Union is to increase significantly the number of troops it plans to send to the Central African Republic to help end communal fighting

NTK- At least 394 people have died in three days of fighting in the capital Bangui alone

NTK-The CAR has been in turmoil since the president was ousted in March

P- 600 French soldiers were patrolling the streets of the capital on Saturday, although the center of the city was still reported to be in the hands of the mainly Muslim Seleka rebel alliance

P- French presidency website said the AU had decided to extend its force to 6,000.

NTK- Michel Djotodia overthrew President Francois Bozize

P-  But armed gangs, mostly former Seleka rebels, now control most of the landlocked country

S-10% of CAR's 4.6 million people have fled their homes, while more than a million urgently need food aid, according to the UN

P-The French president said he believed security could be restored within six months. But he was clear that the current leader could not remain in place

P_ You cannot leave in place a president who has been unable to do anything and who has even let things to happen

P- The French comes hard on the heels of an operation against Islamists linked to al-Qaeda who had seized control of northern Mali and were threatening the south of the country too

P-The troops were a good start but were not sufficient to stabilise the country in the long term

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