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Fleeing war, Somalis are targets of violence in adopted home

(October 10th, 2006)

MASIPHUMELELE, 10 October 2006 (IRIN) – Dozens of Somalis have allegedly been killed in South Africa’s Western Cape Province in the past few months in what appears to be an escalating campaign of xenophobic violence.

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IRIN   refugees   South Africa   stories   writing

Unfinished business

(June 2nd, 2006)

A decade after the Truth and Reconciliation Commission (TRC) started its work, many South African communities are still recovering from the brutal conflicts it tried to cauterise.

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Mail & Guardian   South Africa   stories   truth & reconciliation   writing

Violence still haunts South Africa a decade after reconciliation efforts

(April 28th, 2006)

JOHANNESBURG, 28 April 2006 (IRIN) – South Africa’s brutal apartheid regime was officially dismantled 12 years ago, with the nation’s first democratic election. But in many communities, the violence of those years is hardly forgotten. In the early 1990s, as government officials and liberation leaders negotiated a peaceful transition of power, many local communities were […]

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IRIN   South Africa   stories   truth & reconciliation   writing

SOUTH AFRICA: Tired of waiting – frustration mounts over promised change

(February 24th, 2006)

MUSINA, 24 Feb 2006 (IRIN) – Every day, Mashudu Beauty Mukavhatsindi fetches water from an outdoor tap. To get there requires an ankle-twisting walk down a potholed road, past garbage-strewn lots that reek of human waste. A resident of the Sihlala Nge Nkani informal settlement in the South African border town of Musina, 19-year-old Mukavhatsindi […]

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IRIN   South Africa   stories   water   writing

SOUTH AFRICA: From Landless to Landowners – the benefits of land reform

(February 17th, 2006)

MAKHADO, 17 Feb 2006 (IRIN) – In the late 1990s – still the early days of South Africa’s democracy – Joseph Makhadi couldn’t afford to continue his studies at a local technical college. He dropped out and lived, unemployed, in a humble dwelling along with 10 members of his extended family. But in 2002, Makhadi […]

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IRIN   land reform   South Africa   stories   writing

Managing a Home Comes Naturally

(November 24th, 2005)

Abigail Sibanda, a 29-year-old domestic worker in Johannesburg, says managing a home comes naturally. “I spend my day cleaning – sweeping, washing, doing the dishes, ironing,” she told MyWage.co.za. “Since I grew up doing the work, it’s easy to me.” On the three days a week that she works, Sibanda catches a 7 a.m. bus […]

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My Wage   stories   women   writing

Securing Johannesburg

(November 24th, 2005)

It’s four a.m., but Phillip Musekene Nare is awake, fueled by endless cups of tea and sheer will. In the dark hours of night, he regularly walks the perimeter of an office building in Auckland Park, a business district just a few kilometers north of Johannesburg’s city centre. In between patrols during his 12-hour shift, […]

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Johannesburg   My Wage   South Africa   stories   writing

Teaching the young ones

(November 24th, 2005)

When Letta Sibiya began teaching in Johannesburg’s Alexandra township 15 years ago, she was a young single mother entering the workforce reluctantly, out of financial necessity. Over time, though, she discovered a passion and enthusiasm for working with children. Now a grade one teacher, Sibiya says that the benefits of teaching go far beyond monetary wages.

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education   My Wage   stories   writing

Hungry for Change, or Just Plain Hungry?

(April 4th, 2005)

It’s impossible to understand Zimbabwe’s parliamentary elections last week without understanding the extent of the nation’s hunger. Last year, President Robert Mugabe suspended the vulnerability assessments traditionally used to predict how much food aid will be needed from NGOs and U.N. agencies, claiming that Zimbabwe would produce a bumper harvest and that extra food would […]

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elections   food   Slate   stories   writing   Zimbabwe

Food: The Ultimate Vote Getter

(April 1st, 2005)

In Harare’s Mbari neighborhood, there’s a small outpost of Zimbabwe’s most vital black market. It’s next to the one-room apartments that used to house migrant laborers, where women and children now squat on the sidewalk building fires, and just beyond the open-air workshops where scores of the men now stand in the mud building coffins […]

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food   Slate   stories   writing   Zimbabwe