South Africa: A Special Report

 By Lauren Hertzler and Nicholas Centore

Soweto: Cutting Hair for a Cause

Soweto: Cutting Hair for a Cause

Maponya Mall is the largest mall in Soweto, home to designer grocery and clothing stores, speciality stores, financial services and, of course, beauty and hair salons, many of which participate in the Hairdressers of the World Against AIDS campaign. L’Oreal recently celebrated the 10th anniversary of the Hairdressers Against AIDS program in South Africa. Originally […]

 By Dana Muraresku and Becky Kerner

Johannesburg: 67 Minutes to Honor Nelson Mandela in Kathlehong

Johannesburg: 67 Minutes to Honor Nelson Mandela in Kathlehong

Nelson Mandela, international peacemaker and first democratically-elected president of a free South Africa, turned 93 on July 18. The UN General Assembly has declared this day Nelson Mandela International Day and encourages people around the world to give 67 minutes of service to their community – one minute for each year Mandela devoted to South Africa […]

 By Lauren Watson

South Africa: The Resilience of Kliptown

South Africa: The Resilience of Kliptown

Imagine living in a shack the size of most kitchens in the average American home. Because your mother has died from HIV/AIDS, you live with your younger siblings. Your sisters share a tattered double bed while your brothers sleep on the floor each night with only a blanket between their malnourished bodies and the soiled […]

 By Nicholas Peterson and Zachary Martin

South Africa: Community Service for Nelson Mandela’s Birthday

South Africa: Community Service for Nelson Mandela’s Birthday

A day before former South African President Nelson Mandela’s 93rd birthday, thousands of people gathered in Innesfree Park in Sandton just north of Johannesburg. Everyone was there to perform 67 minutes of community service to commemorate the 67 years of service Nelson Mandela devoted to South Africa. Volunteers waited in lines to board coach buses […]

 By Nicholas Centore and Lauren Hertzler

Johannesburg: NBA Celebrates Mandela’s Birthday

Johannesburg: NBA Celebrates Mandela’s Birthday

The U.S. National Basketball Association celebrated Nelson Mandela International Day by hosting a series of youth basketball skills development clinics with the SHOUT Foundation and the Nelson Mandela Foundation at Maponya Mall in Soweto. About 60 boys and girls from various schools in the township of Soweto participated in the clinic. The basketball clinic promoted the importance of staying […]

 By Lauren Watson and Siena Mazero

Johannesburg: Volunteers Commemorate Nelson Mandela’s Birthday

Johannesburg: Volunteers Commemorate Nelson Mandela’s Birthday

Several thousand volunteers gathered in Innesfree Park in Sandton about five miles north of Johannesburg to celebrate the birthday of former President Nelson Mandela, who was born on July 18, 1918. Each volunteer completed 67 minutes of charity work to commemorate the 67 years Mandela spent serving his country. Buses transported volunteers to three different […]

 By Dana Muraresku

Johannesburg: Labor Unions Demand Significant Pay Hike

Johannesburg: Labor Unions Demand Significant Pay Hike

Striking union workers held a protest this week in Johannesburg City Center. Members from seven unions, including Chemical Energy, Paper, Printing, Wood and Allied Worker’s Union, the General Industries Worker’s Union of South Africa and the South African Chemical Worker’s Union, presented a list of demands to a representative for the companies they work for. […]

 By Shanell Simmons

Industrial Action: Worker Views

Industrial Action: Worker Views

Johannesburg, South Africa. Workers from seven different unions protested in central Johannesburg Tuesday morning.  Chanting, singing and dancing, they tried to gain attention for their cause.
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Johannesburg: South African Workers March for Higher Pay

Johannesburg: South African Workers March for Higher Pay

    JOHANNESBURG, SOUTH AFRICA. Tuesday morning, a number of labor unions including GIWUSA (General Industries Workers Union South Africa) and CEPPWAWU (Chemical Energy Paper Printing Wood and Allied Workers Union) met at the Worker’s Library in the Central Business District for a march and strike demonstration.   The workers then marched through the streets to … Continue reading