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this day in the yesteryear: South Africa Wins the Rugby World Cup (1995)

South Africa Wins the Rugby World Cup (1995)

In 1995, the recently unified nation of South Africa hosted the third Rugby World Cup. The first major event to be held in what had been dubbed “the Rainbow Nation,” it is now remembered as one of the greatest moments in the country’s sporting history. The dramatic victory of the South African team, supported by President Nelson Mandela, is seen as a major step in the reconciliation of white and black South Africans in the post-Apartheid era. What team did South Africa defeat in the final match? More… Discuss

Robben Island

Robben Island

Robben Island is a mile-wide island off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa. Stone-age people lived there thousands of years ago when sea levels were lower and the area was easily accessible. Starting in the late 17th century, the island was used to isolate lepers and, later, political prisoners such as Nelson Mandela, who was held there from 1964 to 1982. In the 1600s, a ship laden with millions of dollars worth of gold sank off the island’s coast. Why has no one recovered the treasure? More… Discuss

People and places: The San

The San

The San are an indigenous people of Africa, mainly found in Botswana, Namibia, Angola, and South Africa. Once nomadic hunters and gatherers of wild food in desolate areas like the Kalahari Desert of southwest Africa, most of the San now live in settlements and work on cattle ranches or farms. The San have a rich folklore, are skilled in drawing, and have a remarkably complex language characterized by the use of clicks. What plant used by the San has been patented, and why? More… Discuss

Health Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly

Study: HIV Becoming Less Deadly

HIV is evolving into a less infectious and deadly form, according to a study by the University of Oxford. When HIV infects an individual with an immune system better equipped to battle the virus, it may become less effective at replicating. This weaker version of the virus may then be passed on. The findings, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, demonstrate evidence of this process occurring in Africa by comparing versions of the virus in Botswana and South Africa. Researchers warn that even less infectious forms of HIV could still cause AIDS. More… Discuss

this day in the yesteryear: Second Boer War Erupts in South Africa (1899)

Second Boer War Erupts in South Africa (1899)

The Boer Wars were fought between the British Empire and Dutch settlers in South Africa, called Boers. The Second Boer War was sparked by the discovery of gold in the Transvaal, a region annexed to Britain but controlled by anti-British statesman Paul Kruger. Tensions rose as the Boer government began limiting the rights of British settlers moving into the region. It has been argued that what method of control now commonly associated with the Nazis was first employed by the British in this war? More… Discuss

today’s holiday: South Africa Heritage Day

South Africa Heritage Day

On September 24, 1995, the Republic of South Africa celebrated its first Heritage Day, which was declared a national holiday by the first democratically elected government of South Africa. To help South Africans celebrate their heritage, this day has been set aside to recognize all aspects of South African culture, including creative expression, historical inheritance, language, food, and the land in which they live. The first Heritage Day celebration focused on composer Enoch Sontonga, the creator of a hymn that was adopted as the national anthem. More… Discuss

2000 year old tree in South Africa known as tree of life — Earth Pics

this day in the yesteryear: Last Quagga Dies at Amsterdam’s Artis Magistra Zoo (1883)

Last Quagga Dies at Amsterdam’s Artis Magistra Zoo (1883)

Once found in great numbers on the plains of South Africa, the quagga was heavily hunted by Dutch settlers and became extinct in 1883. A century later, it was the first extinct animal to have its DNA studied. This research determined that the quagga was most likely a variant of the common zebra, contrasting the theory that it was a separate species. The quagga had a sandy brown coat but—like the zebra—had dark stripes on its head, neck, and shoulders. Where did the name “quagga” come from? More… Discuss

today’s birthday: Arthur Ashe (1943)

Arthur Ashe (1943)

Ashe rose from his hometown’s public courts to become the first African-American male to reach prominence in tennis. Noted for his grace, hard-hit topspin, and outstanding backhand, Ashe won three Grand Slam tournaments, including Wimbledon. He helped to form the Association of Tennis Professionals and worked to expose the injustices of apartheid in South Africa. Infected with HIV through a blood transfusion, he also worked to raise awareness of AIDS. Why was Ashe arrested in 1985 and 1992? More… Discuss


International Day for the Elimination of Racial Discrimination

This day is observed annually on March 21, the anniversary of the day in 1960 when, at a peaceful demonstration against the apartheid “pass laws” in Sharpeville, South Africa, police opened fire and killed 69 black South Africans. Observation of this day was initiated by the United Nations General Assembly in 1966, when it called on the international community to redouble its efforts to eliminate all forms of racial discrimination and to remember the victims of Sharpeville. More… Discuss


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Frederik Willem de Klerk (1936)

The last state president of South Africa, de Klerk served from 1989 to 1994. He is best known for engineering the end of apartheid, South Africa’s racial segregation policy, and beginning the process of drafting of a new constitution for the country based on the principle of “one person, one vote.” As president, de Klerk moved quickly to free political prisoners, and, in 1991, he obtained the repeal of all remaining apartheid laws. With whom did de Klerk share the 1993 Nobel Peace PrizeMore…Discuss


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Moshoeshoe’s Day

Moshoeshoe (c. 1790-1870) was a leader in South Africa who organized a group of tribes to fight the Zulu warlord Shaka. He called his followers the Basotho people, and although they succeeded in fending off the Zulu, they were drawn into war with Europeans who started settling their territory. In 1966, the Basotho nation became the independent kingdom ofLesotho within the British Commonwealth. The Basotho people honor their founder on this day with a wreath-laying ceremony in the capital city of Maseru, along with sporting events and traditional music and dancing. More…Discuss


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In 1835, the Ngoni tribe left South Africa and moved into what is now the country of Zambia. The N’cwala festival celebrates the tribe’s satisfaction with its environs since that time, and also marks the beginning of the harvest. This is a festival of thanksgiving and people congregate in the village of Mutenguleni, including the paramount chief. Groups of dancers display their skills for the chief, who traditionally chooses one group as having outdone the others. The chief is also responsible for being the first to sample the season’s new foods and blessing it for the people. More…Discuss


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Raymond Arthur Dart (1893)

Dart was an Australian-born South African physical anthropologist and paleontologist. In 1924, when Asia was still believed to be the cradle of humankind, Dart’s discovery of the Taung skull near the Kalahari substantiated Charles Darwin’s prediction that such ancestral hominin forms would be found in Africa. Dart named the skull, establishing it as the type specimen of a new genus and species,Australopithecus africanus. What disputed theory of human evolution did he originate? More… Discuss


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TODAY’S BIRTHDAY: Max Theiler (1899)

Max Theiler (1899)

Born in South Africa, Theiler moved to the US in 1922 and became known for his research on yellow fever, encephalomyelitis, and other tropical viruses. At a time when yellow fever outbreaks were plague-like—one epidemic alone wiped out 20,000 people—his team proved that the disease is caused by a virus, not bacteria. Theiler’s development of a safe and effective vaccine brought yellow fever under control, earning him the 1951 Nobel Prize in medicine. On what did he initially test his vaccine?More… Discuss


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South African Hospitals Sending Home Patients with Deadly TB

Researchers have identified an alarming practice in South Africa that is contributing to the spread ofextensively-drug resistant (XDR) and totally drug-resistant (TDR) tuberculosis. When patients with these highly drug-resistant strains of TB do not respond totreatment, South African hospitals routinely discharge them and allow them to return to their homes, where they may expose relatives and other members of their communities to the disease. The problem is that doctors need to free up beds in TB hospitals for patients who may respond to treatment, but there are few residential or palliative care facilities to accept the patients they discharge. More… Discuss


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The African National Congress Is Founded (1912)

The African National Congress (ANC) is a South African political party and black nationalist organization. Founded as the South African Native National Congress in 1912, the ANC began as a nonviolent civil rights group. After government massacres of demonstrators, however, the ANC began carrying out acts of sabotage and guerrilla warfare. As a result, its leaders were exiled, but in 1994, the ANC swept the country’s first elections based on universal suffrage. Who was the ANC’s famous leader? More… Discuss


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Domn,domn sa-naltam

COLINDA 2 – Domn,domn sa-naltam



South African Taxi Wars

In 1987, South Africa’s lucrative taxi industry—serving over 60 percent of commuters—was deregulated. Since then, it has been dominated by turf wars among rival associations of taxi operators that use mafia-like tactics, including hired killings. The wars intensified with the end of apartheid in 1994. In addition to the violence, the industry is also plagued by the inherent danger created by outdated vehicles and reckless drivers. How many taxi-related deaths occurred annually in the 1990s? More… Discuss


Wine and Dine, Minus the Wine

The world is in the midst of a wine shortage, and it does not look like it will be letting up any time soon. Global wine production has been on the decline since it peaked in 2004. Last year, the demand for wine exceeded the supply by 300 million cases. Part of the problem is that European wine production has plummeted 25 percent since 2004. Winemaking in other parts of the world, like the US, Australia, Argentina, Chile, South Africa, and New Zealand, has been stepped up, but it is not yet able to keep up with global demand. More… Discuss




Definition: (verb) Collect in one place.
Synonyms: assemblemeet
Usage: The captains of every ship in the fleet rowed into the lagoon to foregather on its secluded beach. Discuss.


This Day in the Yesteryear: SHAKA ZULU IS ASSASSINATED (1828)

Shaka Zulu Is Assassinated (1828)

A skilled warrior, Shaka established himself as head of the Zulu circa 1816 and soon made them the dominant power in southeastern Africa. He was ruthless before his mother’s death in 1827, but after, he became positively savage. He had at least 7,000 people executed for being insufficiently grief-stricken, put to death any couple found to have conceived during the mourning period, and even slaughtered cows so that their calves would know the loss of a mother. Who ultimately assassinated Shaka? More… Discuss



South African Anti-Apartheid Activist Steve Biko Dies in Police Custody (1977)

A former medical student, Biko founded the Black Consciousness Movement in South Africa in 1968 to combat racism and apartheid. He was officially “banned” by the South African government in 1973 and was arrested several times in the years that followed. Arrested for the last time in 1977, he was tortured and beaten to death in police custody, prompting international protests and a UN arms embargo. Twenty years later, five former policemen admitted killing him. Why were they never prosecuted? More… Discuss


Egypte : tentative d’assassinat à la voiture piégée sur le ministre de l’Intérieur

Le convoi du minitre de l’Intérieur égyptien a été attaqué ce jeudi par des “engins explosifs télécommandés”. Les 4 véhicules qui entouraient la voiture blindée du ministre ont selon ce dernier été détruits. Le ministre est indemne, mais au moins 10 de ses gardes ont été blessés. Le mouvement Tamarod accuse les Frères Musulmans, et ceux-ci accusent le gouvernement d’avoir orchestré l’attentat.
En duplex avec Alexandre Buccianti, correspondant RFI pour France 24 au Caire, en Egypte
05/09/2013 Actualités
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Bojoura-If It’s Tuesday It Must Be Belgium (“Wordless Wednesday Treat” or “Breaking all rules”)

Bojoura, born Raina Cleuver van Melzen (April 15, 1947), is a folk and pop vocalist, whose greatest success came in the late 1960s and 1970s.

Born in The Hague, The Netherlands, Bojoura was discovered by George Kooymans of the rock band Golden Earring, who went on to write and produce many of her songs. Bojoura scored her first hit in 1967 with the Kooymans ballad “Everybody’s Day,” and in 1969 charted once more in Europe with her version of the song “Frank Mills” from the Broadway musical Hair. Through the mid 1970s she remained one of the most popular singers in Holland. Bojoura is married to the Dutch drummer Hans Cleuver, who was a founding member of the progressive rock band Focus.
(Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bojoura)

Warning about Brown Widow Spiders In SoCal-Orange County – via KTLA

Warning about Brown Widow Spiders In SoCal-Orange County

Warning about Brown Widow Spiders In SoCal-Orange County

The spider Latrodectus geometricus, commonly known as the brown widow, grey widow, or geometric button spider, is one of the widow spiders in the genus Latrodectus. As such, it is a “cousin” to the more famous Latrodectus mactans. The brown widow is found in parts of the southeastern, southern and southwestern United States (including Florida, Alabama, California, Oklahoma, Nevada, Louisiana, Mississippi, Georgia, South Carolina, North Carolina, Tennessee, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas); as well as in parts of Australia, Afghanistan, South Africa and Cyprus.[citation needed] The origin of this species is uncertain, as specimens were independently discovered in both Africa and the Americas. They are usually found around buildings in tropical areas.
Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Latrodectus_geometricus)

This Day In History: Nelson Mandela Elected President of South Africa

Nelson Mandela Inaugurated as South Africa’s First Black President (1994)

Mandela served as the first democratically elected President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999. His political activism began after 1948 with an initial commitment to non-violent mass struggle. Later, his anti-apartheid activities led to his imprisonment for nearly 30 years. Released in 1990, he was elected president of the African National Congress and represented it in the turbulent negotiations that led to the establishment of majority rule. With whom did he share the 1993 Nobel Peace Prize? More… Discuss