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AFRICANGLOBE - There’s been an outpouring of support for the Black girls at Pretoria Girls High School, but there’s also been bafflement and more discrimination. It’s just a school policy to straighten their hair, some have argued, but it’s more than that: it is the protection of white standards at the expense of Black identity. Enter Pretoria Girls High School, where many South Africans have directed their outrage. Teachers at the school have insisted Black girls straighten their hair, and they have humiliated and shamed students who have had the audacity to attend classes with afros, dreadlocks, or any other form of their natural hair.
AFRICANGLOBE - A Chinese state-owned car manufacturer agreed to build an 11 billion-rand ($759 million) auto plant in South Africa, the biggest investment in a vehicle-production facility in the country in four decades.
AFRICANGLOBE - Pretoria Girls High School is facing a furious backlash after instructing Black school pupils to straighten their hair. Gauteng Education MEC Panyaza Lesufi had received complaints about the hair policy‚ allegations that pupils in groups of two or more were being stopped and asked questions – after an earlier protest by pupils – and was told that teachers prevented pupils from speaking African languages. “Girls attending the school have been forced to straighten their hair; are accused of conspiring when standing in groups and face other intolerable comments and actions.
AFRICANGLOBE - South Africa, the beautiful country, full of surprises. It is a diverse country, about the size of France and Spain combined or duble the size of Texas. Its varied cultures, intriguing wildlife, stunning scenery, and remarkable beaches make it a haven for travelers from around the world.
AFRICANGLOBE - Race relations in South Africa are so bad that it could lead to civil war, retired Judge Bernard Ngoepe has warned. Ngoepe told a forum at the Institute for the Advancement of Journalism that racism should be criminalised. “Are you not going to criminalise racism, even though there is the distinct threat that the country may explode? Unless we criminalise it, there will be danger to the unity of a nation.”
AFRICANGLOBE - South Africa is on a knife edge with 13 politicians murdered in the last month and the national broadcaster refusing to show images of violence fearing it will incite more attacks. South Africa’s 55 million population is 77 percent African and nine per cent white but Africans are becoming increasingly frustrated at inequalities. They get half the pay of whites, only three percent of the Johannesburg Stock Exchange is African-owned and the four major banks are white-dominated.
AFRICANGLOBE - Although South Africa is known for its extreme income inequality, the degree of wealth inequality is even greater. New tax and survey data suggest that 10% of the population own at least 90% to 95% of all assets, although they earn “only” about 55% to 60% of all income.
AFRICANGLOBE - With more than 95 percent of votes counted Friday in municipal elections, South Africa's ruling party appeared to be headed for its biggest electoral blow since it won power at the end of apartheid 22 years ago.
AFRICANGLOBE - No doubt the ANC will be doing everything in their power to capitalize on Mandela’s legacy as a campaign tool for the upcoming elections. But, while Madiba held steadfastly to the ideals and principles of democracy, Zuma seems to have little regard for anything remotely democratic these days.
AFRICANGLOBE - South Africa's National Assembly has passed the Expropriation Bill by an overwhelming majority following a vote by Members of Parliament, on Thursday. The Bill was passed by the National Council of Provinces (NCOP) last week with the support of eight provinces, with the Western Cape being the only province that did not support the Bill.
AFRICANGLOBE - The leader of South Africa's opposition Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) movement has launched his party's campaign for the upcoming local elections, promising to rescue citizens from poverty, unemployment and corrupt government.
AFRICANGLOBE - As popular protests soar amid unmet expectations in South Africa, the historic partnership between the country’s powerful labour movement and the governing ANC has begun to fall apart. South Africa has been governed since 1994 by an ANC-led tripartite alliance that includes the South African Communist Party (SACP) and labour federation Congress of SA Trade Unions (Cosatu).
AFRICANGLOBE - Over the years, there has been a long running debate as to which nation is/was the most racist against Black people. Traditionally, in comparison with the United States and South Africa. Brazil’s particular brand of racism could actually be seen as even more efficient than that of the other two countries because of the fact that for decades, Black Brazilians, the victims of the country’s sophisticated method of racism, often bought into the idea that Brazil was in fact a ‘racial democracy‘.
AFRICANGLOBE - The United States has warned its citizens that extremists may be targeting US interests in South Africa. In a statement released on Tuesday, the US Diplomatic Mission in Pretoria said, “The U.S. Diplomatic Mission to South Africa has received information that extremists may be targeting US interests in South Africa.
AFRICANGLOBE - White people! YOU are the problem. YOU stand in the way of progress, of ending racism. Nothing in white people's experience comes close to the suffering of Black people. Nothing. And you inflicted this suffering upon us. You white people owe us Black people a tremendous debt - still unpaid. How terrified you must be. This fear is further evidence that you know you owe us a debt.
AFRICANGLOBE - President Jacob Zuma recently met Sudanese President Omar al-Bashir "to strengthen co-operation" between the two countries. The two misleaders committed themselves to more meetings, at ministerial level, and Zuma accepted an invitation by al-Bashir to visit Sudan.