Florence Panoussian
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/ 25 May 2008

Absent Mbeki criticised over violence

South African President Thabo Mbeki, already under fire for perceived policy failings that caused an anti-immigrant backlash in his country, now faces questions about his handling of the crisis. The head of state is yet to visit the worst affected areas of Johannesburg after two weeks of violence against foreigners.

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/ 26 March 2008

Zim meltdown: SA keeps counsel

South Africa has steadfastly refused to join in the chorus of criticism of Zimbabwe’s President Robert Mugabe despite paying an ever higher price for the crisis across its northern border. As Zimbabwe goes to the polls this weekend, analysts believe South African President Thabo Mbeki may feel little enthusiasm towards Mugabe but will never embarrass his fellow leader.

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/ 21 October 2007

Hot property: Buyers snap up Ponte apartments

The tallest apartment block in Africa, which has long symbolised Johannesburg’s inner-city decay, is shedding its image as a no-go zone in a radical makeover aimed at young urban professionals. The team behind a R200-million makeover believe apartments will soon be regarded as hot property, especially in the build-up the Soccer World Cup.

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/ 28 November 2006

Africa and South America dance to same tune

The nations of Africa and South America, whose leaders gather at a summit in Nigeria this week, are identifying areas of common ground after their shared histories of colonialism. Talk of South-South cooperation will dominate proceedings at the talks in Nigeria at a time when Latin American powerhouses such as Brazil and Venezuela are striving for a greater presence on the continent.

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/ 20 November 2006

Young ballerina teaches Alexandra to dance

Ballerina Penelope Thloloe, who ”survived” being the first black student at South Africa’s national arts school, now devotes her energy passing on her skills to children in Alexandra. Thloloe is a study in concentration as she trains students in the sprawling black township abutting Johannesburg’s chic Sandton quarter, where she still lives.

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/ 8 November 2006

Born, raised and married in a refugee camp

Ana Ndayizeye embodies the havoc that the unrest in Africa’s war-torn Great Lakes region has played on people’s lives. The 25-year-old was born in a refugee camp and knows no other world. Born, raised and married in camps, the second-generation refugee has flitted from the Congo to Tanzania to Mozambique, where she now lives in the Maratane refugee camp.

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/ 16 April 2006

Soweto to get its first upmarket hotel

The Soweto township is soon to open its first luxury hotel as tourists in increasing numbers stream to the suburb, which was once the focal point in the fight against apartheid. The upmarket hotel is to rise in the historic heart of Kliptown as Soweto experiences a growing economic boom since the advent of democracy in 1994.