PRETORIA, South Africa — Oscar Pistorius, the double-amputee sprinter dubbed the Blade Runner, was charged Thursday in the Valentine’s Day slaying of his girlfriend at his upscale home in South Africa, a shocking twist to one of the feel-good stories of last summer’s Olympics. Read More
WHAT: While most African countries have improved their pregnant women’s survival rate, these deaths have quadrupled in South Africa, the continent’s richest sub-Saharan nation.
WHY: The spike in deaths of pregnant women and newborns is mostly caused by corruption, lack of accountability and just plain bad health care, according to a Human Rights Watch report.
WHY IT’S OUTRAGEOUS: One of at least three South African hospitals b Read More
Soccer lovers, have your keyboards ready. The e-mail address for your forthcoming hate mail is listed below.
Don’t tell me, let me guess: The USA soccer team’s advancement to the World Cup Sweet 16 — highlighted by a spine-tingling 1-0 win over somebody to get out of “group play” — is a watershed moment that will finally elevate the sport into America’s mainstream, where it will take its rightful place alongside the NFL, NBA and MLB. Right? Read More
Wow! I don’t know about you, but I’m not sure if I can handle this anymore! I don’t know if my heart can take it! If I were to be granted just one wish, I’d wish for them to slow things down a bit in South Africa so I can catch my breath!
I mean, there’s nothing quite like a worldwide tournament of International Keep-Away to quicken the pulse and lift the spirit, but there’s only so much excitement we can handle! Read More
Baboons, it seems, prefer pinot noir. They also like a nice chardonnay.Largely undeterred by electric fences, hundreds of wild baboons in South Africa's prized wine country are finding the vineyards of ripe, succulent grapes to be an "absolute bonanza," said Justin O'Riain of the University of Cape Town.Winemakers have resorted to using noisemakers and rubber snakes to try to drive the baboons off during harvest season. Read More