Plan for Amazon Headquarters in South Africa in Peril After Court Order

A judge ordered construction of the development in Cape Town to be halted, saying that the developer had not properly consulted Indigenous South Africans.

#amazon-com-inc, #building-construction, #cape-town-south-africa, #decisions-and-verdicts, #indigenous-people, #johannesburg-south-africa, #south-africa

New Amazon Headquarters Sparks Feud Among Indigenous South Africans

The development, still under construction, sits on sacred land in Cape Town. But some Indigenous leaders have allied with the developers, prompting a debate over who speaks for First Nations people.

#amazon-com-inc, #cape-town-south-africa, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #indigenous-people, #real-estate-commercial

Suspect in South Africa’s Parliament Fire Is Sent for Psychiatric Check

If the man is found fit to stand trial, he will face charges that now include terrorism. His lawyers said he would protest with a hunger strike.

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Suspect Charged With Arson in Fire at South Africa’s Parliament

The 49-year-old man was also accused of housebreaking, theft and contravening state security laws. His lawyer said the suspect was being made a scapegoat for government failures.

#arson, #cape-town-south-africa, #fires-and-firefighters, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #south-africa

South Africa Parliament: Suspect Charged in Fire to Appear in Court

A 49-year-old man is facing charges of arson and theft in the blaze, which started Sunday and heavily damaged legislative buildings in Cape Town.

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South Africa Parliament Fire Still Burning After 4 Hours

The extent of the damage was not immediately clear on Sunday morning, but officials feared it would be extensive.

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With a Simple Funeral, South Africa Bids Farewell to Desmond Tutu

The archbishop and Nobel laureate left plans for an unostentatious ceremony, which were stripped back further under Covid restrictions.

#apartheid-policy, #cape-town-south-africa, #funerals-and-memorials, #politics-and-government, #ramaphosa-cyril, #south-africa, #tutu-desmond-m

South Africa Begins a Week of Mourning for Desmond Tutu

The cleric and anti-apartheid activist’s funeral will be held on Jan. 1 at the cathedral where he served as South Africa’s first Black archbishop.

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Here Are Some of the Many Tributes for Desmond Tutu, a Force for Harmony

From prominent South African lawmakers to religious figures, many on social media honored Archbishop Tutu as a patriot of peaceful principles who dedicated his life to combating injustice everywhere.

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‘A True South African Giant’: Tributes for Desmond Tutu, a Force for Harmony

From prominent South African lawmakers to religious figures, many on social media honored Archbishop Tutu as a patriot of peaceful principles who dedicated his life to combating injustice everywhere.

#apartheid-policy, #cape-town-south-africa, #politics-and-government, #south-africa, #truth-and-reconciliation-commission-south-africa, #tutu-desmond-m

Cities Are Not Only Tackling Covid, But Its Pollution, Too

All around the world the remnants of a global pandemic are testing the resolve of governments and private firms to rid the planet of its waste.

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Dozens of Endangered Penguins Found Dead With Bee Stings

Dead bees were found near where the birds died at a park in South Africa, said officials, who suggested the bees may have become aggressive after their nest was disturbed.

#animal-migration, #bees, #cape-town-south-africa, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #penguins

Endangered African Penguins, With Multiple Bee Stings, Are Found Dead

Dead bees were found near where the birds died at a park in South Africa, said officials, who suggested the bees may have become aggressive after their nest was disturbed.

#animal-migration, #bees, #cape-town-south-africa, #endangered-and-extinct-species, #penguins

Wildfire Deals Hard Blow to South Africa’s Archives

The fire, which began Sunday and is still being fought, ravaged a library that housed first-edition books, films, photographs and other primary sources documenting Southern African history.

#archives-and-records, #cape-town-south-africa, #colleges-and-universities, #fires-and-firefighters, #south-africa

From a South African Slur to a Scathing Drama About Toxic Masculinity

The new film “Moffie” examines the brainwashing of a generation of white men in the twilight of the apartheid regime.

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Seif Bamporiki, Rwanda Opposition Figure, Killed in South Africa

South African authorities said that for now they were treating the case as a robbery, but the political allies of the man who was shot, Seif Bamporiki, had their suspicions of an assassination.

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As Virus Resurges in Africa, Doctors Fear the Worst Is Yet to Come

The coronavirus killed far fewer people in Africa than in Europe and the Americas, leading to a widespread perception that it was a disease of the West. Now, a tide of new cases on the continent is raising alarms.

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New Arrests in Killing of White South African Farmer

A case that made headlines because of perceived racial overtones has taken on new implications after the arrest of the victim’s wife.

#agriculture-and-farming, #black-people, #cape-town-south-africa, #carlson-tucker, #fox-news-channel, #murders-attempted-murders-and-homicides, #stellenbosch-south-africa, #wills-and-estates

Au Revoir but Not Adieu

For 12 years as a columnist I wore my “heart out after the unattainable.”

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A Cape Town Apartment That Speaks to the Past

In their pied-à-terre in an iconic Art Deco building, a pair of siblings restored original details, including ones that force a confrontation with the country’s fraught history.

#architecture, #art-deco, #buildings-structures, #cape-town-south-africa, #historic-buildings-and-sites, #interior-design-and-furnishings, #real-estate-and-housing-residential

What’s It Like to Live With a Beauty Queen? Ask Miss Universe, She Rooms With Miss USA

The two pageant winners traditionally share a New York apartment, but that has taken on new meaning in the pandemic, since neither can travel for her usual appearances.

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In South Africa, Burial Traditions Upended by Coronavirus

Restrictions on travel have disrupted a deeply important cultural practice for many Black residents in Cape Town: returning the body for burial hundreds of miles home in the Eastern Cape province.

#cape-town-south-africa, #cemeteries, #coronavirus-2019-ncov, #funerals-and-memorials, #south-africa