Tag: Johannesburg (South Africa)

Building for Real With Digital Blocks

In 2011, Jorgen Hallstrom, a project manager at Swedish Building Services, was redesigning public housing complexes around Stockholm. The buildings were rundown and bleak, the public spaces uninviting. Mr. Hallstrom, like any developer, wanted to get residents’ views. But he knew that very few would come to hear about the project, and those that did […]

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What’s Behind the Deadly Violence in South Africa?

JOHANNESBURG — The past few weeks in South Africa have been deadly. Citizens have turned on immigrants and other outsiders in a bout of violence and political theater that has killed at least 12 people and forced hundreds more from their homes. While it is primarily immigrants on the run, 10 of those killed in […]

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South African Riots Kill Five and Spur Cries of Xenophobia

Rioters looted shops and set fire to cars and buildings in the latest outbreak of violence against African immigrants in and around Johannesburg, South Africa’s largest city. The police said five people were killed and at least 189 arrested. President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned the violence on Tuesday, calling attacks on foreigners “totally unacceptable” and adding […]

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In South Africa, a Call to Punish Rapists

In 2007, Thalitha Mukansi moved to Diepsloot, an informal township on the northern fringes of Johannesburg. She was a social worker who settled in the region because it was what she could afford, and she liked working with, and helping, victims of assault. But outside Ms. Mukansi’s window, assaults and rapes were common — sometimes […]

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Scientists Discover a Cure for the Deadliest Strain of Tuberculosis

TSAKANE, South Africa — When Tsholofelo Msimango joined a clinical trial of new tuberculosis drugs, she was 20 years old and weighed just 57 pounds. Stricken with a deadly strain of tuberculosis, Ms. Msimango was terrified. She was to be transferred to Sizwe Tropical Diseases Hospital in Johannesburg. The nurses in the township here told […]

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In South Africa, a Designer Making Personal Clothes With Political Messages

When the Johannesburg-based women’s wear designer Thebe Magugu, now 25, had nightmares as a child growing up in Kimberley, South Africa, his mother would tell him to record them in a journal. “I found them recently and thought to incorporate them in my work,” he says. He showed the results during his fall 2019 show […]

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Duduzane Zuma, Son of South Africa’s Ex-President, Acquitted in Homicide Case

JOHANNESBURG — A politically influential son of former President Jacob Zuma of South Africa was cleared of culpable homicide on Friday in a case that has come to be seen as a proxy for factional battles within the governing African National Congress. The charges against the son, Duduzane Zuma, also included negligent and reckless driving […]

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Why South Africa Can’t Avoid Land Reforms

In 1996, while I was teaching at the University of Cape Town, I was invited by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission to be an in-house critic at a town hall it had organized. A member of the largely black African audience told this story: “Tom and John were neighbors. One day Tom stole John’s bicycle. […]

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