At Ibadan Polytechnic in Nigeria, Jonathan Adejunmobi has a hard job teaching journalism. For a start, there's not even water to flush the toilets. Then, the school he heads has only a pair of ancient computers, and the electricity supply is more off than on. In such conditions, how do his students go on to become journalists for Nigeria's vibrant media?
There are moments in history when the future appears as a series of stark choices between life and death, good and evil, progress and regression. Such is the national mood as the ANC gathers at Polokwane. We might call it the end of post-apartheid innocence -- something similar to what other African countries experienced after a decade or more of independence.
Fasten your seatbelts, Super 14 rugby is coming to the East and Southern Cape. It may only be in 2010 or 2011 but the regions will be represented by a team in the Super 14. This was confirmed by project manager Godfrey Afrika on Wednesday, the man tasked by the South African Rugby Union and SA Rugby to oversee the procedure.
Stalwarts of South Africa's struggle for freedom from apartheid are angered and saddened at the xenophobic violence sweeping the country. "We did not struggle to find ourselves in this present situation," Rivonia trialist Andrew Mlangeni said at the opening of the Liliesleaf Farm museum on Friday.
South Africa can become a caring society despite the racist incidents at Skielik and Reitz hostel at the University of the Free State, Archbishop Desmond Tutu said in Johannesburg on Wednesday. "We are a wonderful country with many talented people," Tutu said in launching an exhibition honouring struggle stalwarts Walter and Albertina Sisulu.
The funeral service of Mlungisi Sisulu, grandson of liberation struggle icon Walter Sisulu, will be held on Sunday in Randburg, the family said on Monday. "The funeral service will be held on Sunday January 13 at the Walter Sisulu Hall in Randburg, Johannesburg, at 10am," the family's spokesperson, Zwelakhe Sisulu, said in a statement.
African National Congress president Jacob Zuma's innocence or guilt should be decided by the courts and not through rhetorical statements from his detractors or supporters, retired chief justice Arthur Chaskalson and one of South Africa's top lawyers, George Bizos, said on Saturday.
Forty years after Robben Island detainees formed the Makana Football Association inside the island fortress, the club was officially recognised by Fifa, the sport's international governing body. Now the little-known story of how prisoners set up their own league under the noses of the warders is to be told in a feature film.
Prominent human rights lawyer George Bizos (79) is in a stable condition at the Wits University Donald Gordon Medical Centre, the facility said on Friday. Client services manager Vernon Kinnear said Bizos was admitted on Monday with a gastrointestinal complaint. "He is doing very well; he is even managing his diary from his hospital bed," he said.
Ministers and aides in President Thabo Mbeki's government were heckled by delegates on Sunday when the African National Congress opened a conference that could see Mbeki losing control over the party. Some of the delegates booed Foreign Affairs Minister Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Health Minister Manto Tshabalala-Msimang and Essop Pahad, a top aide to Mbeki, as they arrived.
Businessman Cyril Ramaphosa refused to be drawn on his nomination as African National Congress president on Wednesday night at the launch of a fund-raising campaign for the University of Venda. He was hounded for an answer from the minute he set foot through the door of Gallagher Estate, in Midrand.