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Africa finally to plug in to high-speed lines

(September 21st, 2009)

Fewer than 7% of Africans are connected to the Internet, compared to three out of four North Americans. But the imminent arrival of fiber-optic cables to the continent is expected to spark a telecommunications boom. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Going abroad for internships

(July 3rd, 2009)

The financial crisis is making it harder for students and recent grads to get internships they need to build their resumes. So, many young Americans are looking overseas for opportunity. Gretchen Wilson reports from South Africa.

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The Oprah School on Trial

(October 29th, 2008)

The Daily Beast An exclusive report on the sexual abuse case that tarnished Oprah’s South African School—and an interview with the dorm matron at the center of the scandal. In the moments before her trial resumes, Tiny Makopo, a former dormitory matron at the Oprah Winfrey Leadership Academy for Girls, is sending text messages and […]

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Child Trafficking in South Africa

(October 27th, 2008)

Human trafficking is one of the biggest criminal industries in the world — fast outpacing illicit trade in drugs and arms. Child trafficking — recruiting and transporting kids to work effectively as indentured laborers — continues despite international campaigns to stop the practice. In Africa, South Africa is a main destination. Correspondent Gretchen Wilson visits one of South Africa’s border region, and speaks to one child who escaped.

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Africa’s Price for U.S. Aid

(February 18th, 2008)

President Bush is visiting Africa and signing an aid package worth nearly $700 million. Doug Krizner talks to Gretchen Wilson in Johannesburg, South Africa about the conditions African countries meet for U.S. aid.

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Platinum Enriches South African Tribe

(February 6th, 2008)

A South African tribe that owns shares in mines operated by the world’s largest platinum producers is planning to use its profits to develop its community. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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The dark side of chocolate

(January 11th, 2008)

Some 200,000 children work in cocoa plantations in the Ivory Coast. Gretchen Wilson reports on a group of U.S. lawmakers visiting that country to find ways to wean the industry off child labor.

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Zimbabwe children fend for themselves

(December 24th, 2007)

With Zimbabwe’s inflation out of control and about 80% of its workforce unemployed, thousands of its citizens are crossing into South Africa illegally to find work. Many of them are children who make that journey by themselves. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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Seeking bright ideas for Africa

(September 10th, 2007)

The World Bank is offering grants to those who can come up with low-cost alternative light sources for Africa, which spends billions of dollars a year on unsafe non-electrical lighting. Gretchen Wilson has more.

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‘Oh, so I was in an abusive relationship’

(August 27th, 2007)

A South African group has added a twist to its mircofinancing practice by providing additional training to its entrepreneurs — which is allowing some women to say “no” to their husbands for the first time. Gretchen Wilson reports.

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