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Imke Van Hoorn

Trevor Ncube wins German African Award

Zimbabwean publisher and entrepreneur Trevor Ncube, also the owner of the Mail & Guardian, has won the prestigious German Africa Award 2008.

UN: ‘Foreigners and South Africans can live together’

The United Nations is not about to take any drastic steps to move refugees from xenophobic attacks to other countries, reports Imke van Hoorn.

Fuel the burn

As the sixth price rise of the year sent fuel heading towards R10 a litre this week -- amid predictions it could reach R11 by year-end -- there are few signs that South African motorists are making serious adjustments to the end of cheap fuel.

In the camps

A woman sitting on a basket quietly stirs a pan of spinach on a paraffin stove. Children run around noisily between plastic bags, suitcases, blankets and mattresses.

Court halts relocation of foreigners

The Johannesburg High Court has granted an urgent interdict preventing the relocation of foreigners displaced by xenophobic attacks who are being accommodated at the city's Cleveland and Jeppe police stations, Lawyers for Human Rights said on Monday.

How to run a refugee camp

In the past three weeks, a small society has emerged in the garden of Johannesburg's Jeppe police station where about 1 400 refugees are living. And, as in a normal society, crime has also blossomed. A team of ''peace marshals'' has been appointed to try to bring law and order to the camp community.

A family’s life: Only shattered glass and paper remain

Extreme xenophobic violence has left thousands of people in Johannesburg homeless, their houses demolished and burned. The <i>Mail & Guardian</i> speaks to a Congolese father who returns to his family home, which was plundered by an angry mob just more than a week ago.

‘These people get killed for nothing’

The headlines of the papers at the newsstand at the Bree Street taxi rank on Monday reflect the deadly xenophobic violence that spread around Johannesburg on the weekend. ''Violence flares up,'' the Sowetan says. ''Flames of hate'' is the headline of both the Star and the Times.

Making inroads in a man’s world

It's 6am and it's already busy at the Bree Street taxi rank. Taxis are honking their horns, pavement entrepreneurs are hawking their goods and commuters are forming lines, waiting for their taxis. It may be early for some, but Zodwa Khumalo, one of only a handful of women taxi drivers, started her day at 3am.

Concerts go green in eco-friendly drive

''It's mind-boggling how much waste 30 000 people can produce in ten hours,'' says Justin van Wyk, director of business affairs at BIG Concerts, organiser of the My Coke Fest 2008, the rock music festival that took place in Johannesburg and Cape Town in March.

Bid or buy: South Africa’s priciest pies up for sale

Creating the most expensive dish in the country to help the poor sounds like a contradiction, but it is not. By making 10 exclusive little "Sexy Duck and Jozi Bling" pies and auctioning them online, the organisers of this year's Jo'burg Wine Show want to raise funds for children from impoverished communities.

ANCYL continues fight against alcohol abuse

''Alcohol abuse among our youth has reached alarming proportions. People who drink are engaged in violence and sexual abuse ...We will continue to campaign to deliver a better life to our youth and educate them on the ills of alcohol abuse,'' says newly elected African National Congress Youth League (ANCYL) president Julius Malema.

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