Obama to revive Kennedy's ripples of hope in South Africa

US First Lady Michelle Obama talks with former South African President Nelson Mandela about his book during a visit at Mandela's home in Houghton, South Africa, June 21, 2011. © Official White House Photo by Samantha Appleton) South Africa will be rolling out the red carpet for United States President Barack Obama during his historic visit to Africa this week.

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South Africa: Largest trade Union's leader, Vavi survives confidence vote

Zwelinzima Vavi has denied accusations of financial improprietyZwelinzima Vavi remains at the helm of South Africa's largest trade union federation, Cosatu despite moves to oust him.

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South Africa: Gauteng e-tolling protests intensify

File Photo©ReutersSouth Africa's largest trade union federation has vowed to shut down all main roads in the country's economic capital Gauteng on Friday as protests against a new e-tolling system gathers pace.

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South Africa's mining sector braces for massive job losses

Miners at the end of their shift at Anglo American Platinum’s Khuseleka shaft 1 mine in Rustenburg, northwest of Johannesburg, last January/Photo©REUTERS)South Africa's biggest trade union representing the mining sector has expressed anger at the "unilateral decision" by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats) to retrench 6000 workers at its operations in Rustenburg.

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South Africa's DA isn't even remotely a white party any more - Mazibuko

Lindiwe Mazibuko Parliamentary leader, Democratic Alliance, South Africa/Photo©KEVIN SUTHERLAND/SUNDAY TIMES/GALLO IMAGES/GETTYThe young parliamentary leader of the Democratic Alliance is taking the fight to Jacob Zuma and the ANC government. She believes it's only a matter of time before the ANC vote drops below 50 percent.

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South Africa's new farming deal threatens jobs

PHOTO©GALLO IMAGES/REX FEAT/REX/SIPAViolent labour protests in South Africa in late 2012 and early 2013 led the department of labour to raise the minimum wage for farmworkers, but farmers claim the new wage is unaffordable.

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South Africa's budget reveals tight fiscal conditions

South African Finance minister Pravin Gordhan announced that there would be an increase in fuel costs in April/Photo©ReutersConservative and bland. That is how most economists described South Africa's 2013/2014 budget speech.

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South Africa: Act decisively to end farmworkers strike - Zille

Helen Zille, Western Cape premier, has called for SA Labour minister to act decisively/Photo©ReutersWestern Cape premier, Helen Zille says South Africa's labour minister must act decisively to stop the violent farmworker strikes that hit the province this week.

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South Africa: Explosive strikes, a ticking time bomb - Cosatu

Cosatu leader, Zwelinzima Vavi said the country faced a crisis of unemployment, equality and poverty in 2012 and will remain so in 2013 and beyondAfrica's largest trade union movement, the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has warned that strikes in South Africa remain a ticking time bomb needing to be addressed urgently.

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South Africa's Irvin Jim - Voice of the militant metalworkers

Irvin Jim head of the National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA)/Photo©Getty ImagesUnder Irvin Jim's leadership the National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA), South Africa's second-largest union, has been vocal about nationalisation and the proposed youth wage subsidy.

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Anti-toll and Farmworkers protests rock South Africa

Cosatu General Secretary Zwelinzima Vavi says the government must prioritise the roll-out of efficient, reliable, affordable and safe public transport for all the people of South AfricaThe Congress of South African Trade Unions, (Cosatu) has called on South Africans to support the anti-toll protests taking place on Friday in Johannesburg and Pretoria.

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Court rules on e-tolling, Cosatu up in arms

Zwelinzima Vavi, Cosatu secretary general says the trade union will oppose government with every power they have should e-tolls be implemented before consultations have been completedThe Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) says it regrets the decision of the Constitutional Court to lift the suspension of the implementation of e-tolling on Gauteng highways.

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Gwede Mantashe:
 The ANC will be the leading force for the next 100 years

GWEDE MANTASHE ANC SECRETARY GENERAL/PHOTO©STEPHANE DE SAKUTIN/AFPAt the helm of South Africa's ruling party, the former trade unionist 
is in a unique position to influence the ANC elections in December 
which will ultimately determine the country's president.

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Marikana: A lesson in late liberal democracy

Thirty-four miners were shot dead on August 16, 2012 by police at a mine outside Rustenburg, South Africa/Photo/ReutersThirty-four miners were shot dead by police at a mine outside Rustenburg, South Africa last week. The 3000 rock-drill operators, from a Lonmin owned platinum company, had been gathered on a hill for four days, demanding a wage increase from recalcitrant owners.

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SA's Lonmin shoot-out calls for a "fundamental change of culture"

Police officers opened fire on 3,000 protesting at Lonmin’s Marakan platinum mine in Rustenburg killing several on the spot/Photo/ReutersSouth African police killed 45 platinum miners the previous day in what has been described as the bloodiest operation post apartheid, local media reported on Friday.

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