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Jerome Cartillier

Botswana’s Bushmen want their share of tourism dollars

San Bushmen living in the new settlement of New Xade outside the Central Kalahari Game Reserve (CKGR) say they feel cut off from their homeland and from the tourism dollars flowing to one of Botswana's top destinations. About 2 000 Bushmen have resettled in New Xade, set up in 1997 west of the reserve, living in wooden huts and small houses.

Botswana dogged by new controversy over Bushmen

Botswana is embroiled in a new controversy over the fate of its San Bushmen after the government decided to close down part of the Kalahari game reserve, prompting clashes. British-based Survival International last month accused the government of shutting down the reserve as part of a stepped-up campaign ''to remove the Bushmen and end their way of life''.

‘UN Security Council reform is over’

A failure to find consensus on proposed reforms of the United Nations Security Council has snuffed Africa's hopes to see its voice being heard louder within the international organisation, analysts said on Tuesday. "There are a lot of losers, there is Africa," said Tom Wheeler, of the South African Institute for International Affairs.

The lady detective who popularised Botswana

Precious Ramotswe, Botswana's most famous female detective, exists only on paper but the fictional heroine's exploits have been followed by millions and popularised the arid southern African nation. Mma Ramotswe made her debut in 1998 in The No 1 Ladies' Detective Agency, which rapidly became a bestseller. It was followed by five others, which were lapped up by readers all over the world.

Sangomas revel in new status

From her township on the eastern fringes of Johannesburg, Agnes Gaobepe offers herbal remedies and advice to the legions of sick who turn to the 36-year-old mother of four for treatment. As one of South Africa's 200 000 traditional healers, Gaobepe was officially recognised as a health care professional under new legislation passed by Parliament on Thursday.

Zimbabwe’s migrants just want to feed their families

Hundreds of thousands of Zimbabweans who have left their economically-ravaged homeland for neighbouring countries, either legally or illegally, are not seeking refugee status but only a means to earn a livelihood. The migration is voluminous and hard to ascertain, but according to official figures in Harare, more than three-million Zimbabweans live overseas.

Eve! Where’s my drink! I’ve been waiting 10 years!

Madam is white and middle-class and Eve is her black maid. They are rivals and yet accomplices. Together, the two leading ladies of a wildly popular cartoon strip have entertained the new South Africa for more than 10 years. The strip is now carried in about 12 newspapers as well as in the Mail & Guardian Online.

The gays go to church in Jo’burg

The church may not be full, but the mainly male congregation is enthusiastic as a gay pastor leads a service in the heart of Johannesburg for the city's gays, lesbians and transsexuals. South Africa, with a post-apartheid constitution that bans discrimination on the grounds of sexual orientation, stands out on a homophobic continent.

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