Africa
  • African first ladies back Palestinian struggle
    09 may 2001 20:44:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- First ladies from several west and central African states have strongly condemned the ongoing violence and humiliation against Palestinians particularly women, children and the elderly. Full text...
  • Mozambican among South African mine victims
    09 may 2001 16:57:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A Mozambican miner is among the dead from Tuesday's underground explosion at the Beatrix gold mine in South Africa, the Mozambican News Agency (AIM), reported Wednesday. Full text...
  • Teenager testifies against Pagad murder suspects
    09 may 2001 16:35:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A teenage girl on Wednesday identified three members of the vigilante group People Against Gangs and Drugs (Pagad) as being the killers of her mother, Abieda Davids, and three other people who were gunned down in a hairdressing salon outside Cape Town in April 1999. Full text...
  • HSRC appoints researchers to head new priority areas
    09 may 2001 16:28:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Human Sciences Research Council (HSRC) has announced the appointment of six top calibre researchers to head up new priority areas for research to assist public policymaking. Full text...
  • Anglicans anguish over distribution of lottery funds
    09 may 2001 15:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Anglican Bishops of Southern Africa, despite their concerns at the level of private profiteering within the gaming industry, Wednesday agreed to assist the trade and industry ministry with the distribution of charity funds generated by the State lottery. Full text...
  • ARTICLE 19 sees new chapter for African Broadcasting
    09 may 2001 14:21:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The London-based press freedom watch dog, ARTICLE 19, has hailed this Year's World Press Freedom Day (3 May) as a unique celebration of the 10th Anniversary of the Windhoek Declaration on media freedom in Africa. Full text...
  • Morocco hosts African conference on fisheries
    09 may 2001 14:14:00
    Rabat- Morocco (PANA) -- Ahead of the 5th ministerial conference on fishing cooperation between African States along the Atlantic Ocean, a committee of experts has begun sizing up the execution of an action plan adopted at the previous conference in October 1999. Full text...
  • Western Cape Premier lauds trip to USA
    09 may 2001 13:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Western Cape Premier Gerald Morkel said his visit to California and Florida would encourage the exchange of knowledge and skills between the people of South Africa and the United States. Full text...
  • 'Rally to Read' donates books to needy children
    09 may 2001 11:59:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The annual 'Rally to Read' has delivered books and teacher-training material worth 350,000 Rands (1 US dollar = 7. Full text...
  • Fatal mine explosion kills 12 in South Africa
    09 may 2001 10:33:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- In its first fatal mining accident in two months, an underground explosion at the Beatrix gold mine at Virginia in South Africa Tuesday killed 12 miners. Full text...
  • South African telescopes see details on far away stars
    09 may 2001 10:01:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- A recently developed technique known as "gravitational micro-lensing" using observations from 1-m telescopes in Chile, Australia, and South Africa has revealed for the first time surface details of a star more than 25 000 light years away. Full text...
  • Former US President meets Mbeki
    09 may 2001 09:22:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki held brief talks with former US President George Bush in Cape Town on Tuesday. Full text...
  • South Africa hesitant over renewed Helderberg air crash probe
    09 may 2001 09:14:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's Transport minister Dullah Omar has admitted suspicions surrounding the 1987 Helderberg air crash, but said no decision has been made to reopen investigations into the matter. Full text...
  • Fishing crew rescued off Cape Point, South Africa
    09 may 2001 08:15:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Fourteen crewmen were Wednesday morning recovering at the Simonstown Naval Base outside Cape Town after being rescued from a sinking fishing trawler by the South African navy the previous evening. Full text...
  • SAA responds to calls for Helderberg disaster investigation
    08 may 2001 18:57:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- South African Airways has sympathised with families of the 1987 Helderberg air disaster victims, but says the national carrier's new management cannot be held liable for the tragedy. Full text...
  • Finance ministers size up Africa's economic options
    08 may 2001 18:02:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- The 9th joint conference of African economy and finance ministers rolled off Tuesday in Algiers, Algeria with Zimbabwe's Simba Makoni urging for a common united front in the drive for the continent's development. Full text...
  • Trade union welcomes anti-AIDS drugs breakthrough
    08 may 2001 16:43:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) has welcomed the move by the South African Chamber of Business and Anglo-American to provide cheap anti-AIDS drugs to suffering employees. Full text...
  • Underground explosion kills 12 miners
    08 may 2001 16:37:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Twelve miners died in a massive explosion at the Beatrix gold mine in the Free State Tuesday morning. Full text...
  • South African minister visits prison as cholera crisis grows
    08 may 2001 13:52:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Correctional Services minister Ben Skosana Tuesday visited Westville Prison in Durban where more than 2,000 prisoners have become infected by cholera. Full text...
  • Editors respond to criticism of Mbeki
    08 may 2001 09:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African National Editors Forum (SANEF) has called for a meeting with a group of leading black businessmen, which has accused the media of promoting a right-wing campaign against President Thabo Mbeki. Full text...
  • Trade Department official issues growth blueprint
    08 may 2001 09:08:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The South African economy needs to grow faster than the current three percent to attract foreign investments, a senior Trade Department official has said. Full text...
  • Pregnant woman falls to death from moving ambulance
    08 may 2001 08:37:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Police and health authorities in South Africa's Northern Province are investigating Tuesday's bizarre death of a pregnant woman, who fell off a moving ambulance. Full text...
  • Mandela takes time off to write second book
    08 may 2001 07:44:00
    Johannesburg- South African (PANA) -- South African former President Nelson Mandela has left for an undisclosed country to complete a book expected to explain developments in the run up to the 1994 multi-racial poll in South Africa. Full text...
  • Malian First Lady pleas for parturient and new-borns
    07 may 2001 22:55:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Malian First Lady, Adame Ba Konare, Monday emphasised the urgent need to sharply reduce neonatal and maternal mortality in Africa. Full text...
  • South Africa agrees to stop repatriation abuses
    07 may 2001 22:39:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- Mozambican and South Africa have signed a co-operation protocol under which the latter pledged to stop abuses in the repatriation illegal immigrants to the Maputo side, reports Monday's issue of the daily paper, Noticias. Full text...
  • Namibia, Mali first sign pan-African parliament protocol
    07 may 2001 22:22:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- Namibia and Mali Monday became the first and second OAU member states to sign the protocol on the establishment of the African Economic Community relating to the pan-African parliament. Full text...
  • Hani's killers continue to fight for freedom
    07 may 2001 19:18:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A lawyer representing the two killers of former South African Communist Party leader Chris Hani on Monday requested the Cape Town High Court to grant them leave to appeal against the rejection of their bid for amnesty. Full text...
  • South African trade unions to discuss national strike
    07 may 2001 18:00:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Leaders of the Congress of South African Trade Unions (Cosatu) and its affiliates are expected to meet this week to discuss a national strike to protest against the privatisation of state enterprises. Full text...
  • Relatives of Helderberg crash want boycott of airline
    07 may 2001 17:44:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Relatives of some of the 159 people who were killed when a South African Airways (SAA) Boeing 747 crashed off the coast of Mauritius in 1987, have called on passengers to boycott the airline in protest against its failure to provide crucial information about the tragedy. Full text...
  • Televised South African mugger gets 12-year jail term
    07 may 2001 17:13:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A brazen mugger who was filmed live on South African national television stabbing a victim on a Cape Town street in January, was Monday sentenced to 12 years imprisonment. Full text...
  • African First Ladies attend maternal health forum
    07 may 2001 16:07:00
    Bamako- Mali (PANA) -- Seven First Ladies from west and central Africa Monday in Bamako, Mali began an international forum dubbed "Vision 2010" to examine ways of reducing maternal and neo-natal mortality in the region by 2010. Full text...
  • Gambian, Liberian indicted in large ivory seizure
    07 may 2001 14:19:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The International Fund Animal Welfare (IFAW) Monday announced that two men, reportedly from Gambia and Liberia, have been indicted in Los Angeles, for what officials said was the largest-ever seizure of illegal African elephant ivory on the US West Coast - some 165 kg of ivory, with an estimated value of 327 000 US dollars. Full text...
  • Technicians quit SAA for overseas airlines
    07 may 2001 12:04:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- Forty technicians working for South African Airways have left the carrier in the last 12 months to take up jobs overseas. Full text...
  • Media under fire for campaign against Mbeki
    07 may 2001 11:46:00
    Cape Town South Africa (PANA) -- A group of prominent black business leaders has slammed South Africa's predominantly white- owned media for promoting a white right-wing campaign against President Thabo Mbeki. Full text...
  • South African ruling party moves to end in-fighting
    07 may 2001 09:17:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- South Africa's ruling party, the African National Congress, which has been dogged by in-fighting, has dissolved its Northern province executive committee and appointed a convenor to oversee its functions in a bid to cool off tension. Full text...
  • Opposition party calls for security minister to quit
    07 may 2001 09:11:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- The opposition Freedom Front party has demanded the immediate resignation of the country's Safety and Security Minister Steve Tshwete for what it said was the "extremely poor handling" of the alleged plot to oust President Thabo Mbeki from power. Full text...
  • South Africans await investigation of political conspiracy
    05 may 2001 20:24:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- A first time visitor to South Africa 21 years ago sat glued to the aircraft's window seat, his eyes fixed to the incredible but pleasant scene below the rows of modern homes with swimming pools. Full text...
  • African finance ministers to discuss partnerships
    05 may 2001 16:39:00
    Addis Ababa- Ethiopia (PANA) -- African Finance and Economy ministers are to meet 8+-10 May in Algeria to consider a common continental stance on partnership between Africa and donors. Full text...
  • Alleged hitman appears in court
    05 may 2001 13:06:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- An alleged member of the vigilante group, People Against Gangsterism and Drugs (Pagad), appeared briefly in Cape Town's Paarl Magistrate's Court Friday in connection with the murder of a couple who were to have turned state witness in a major urban terrorism court case. Full text...
  • Caracal custodians appear in South African court
    04 may 2001 21:55:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The owners of the Kalahari Raptor Centre (KRC) Friday appeared in the Kuruman Magistrates Court to answer charges of transporting and keeping three caracals without a permit. Full text...
  • Gauteng (South Africa) Premier woos Malaysia, Singapore
    04 may 2001 21:38:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Gauteng Premier Mbhazima Shilowa was Friday off to Malaysia and Singapore for an official visit. Full text...
  • Second edition of PABHA launched in Dakar
    04 may 2001 21:01:00
    Dakar- Senegal (PANA) -- Senegal's minister of Communication and Information Technologies has extolled the significance of the Pan-African Broadcasting and Heritage Award (PABHA), whose second edition was launched Thursday in Dakar. Full text...
  • Press rights body denounces decision to subpoena photographer
    04 may 2001 20:49:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- The Freedom of Expression Institute (FXI) has added its voice to criticism of a State decision to subpoena top South African photographer Benny Gool to testify in hearing on the murder of Hard Livings gang leader Rashaad Staggie. Full text...
  • Major breakthrough in Western Cape bombing case
    04 may 2001 15:24:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Police have made another dramatic breakthrough in their investigations into urban terrorism in the Western Cape with the arrest of a man suspected of murdering two state witnesses in a major trial. Full text...
  • Mbeki sheds light on plot allegations
    04 may 2001 14:26:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- President Thabo Mbeki, who has come under fire for the way his government has handled an alleged plot to oust him, said on Thursday night that he did not believe that the men accused of planning the plot were involved in any way. Full text...
  • Over 60 South African soldiers deployed in DRC
    04 may 2001 08:58:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- A total of 69 South African National Defence Force (SANDF) specialist staff have so far been deployed for peacekeeping duties in the Democratic Republic of the Congo. Full text...
  • Seized prawn catch was bound for South Africa
    04 may 2001 08:09:00
    Maputo- Mozambique (PANA) -- The Mozambican police has disclosed that the 13 tonnes of prawns illegally fished, and seized on Tuesday in a ship in the Mozambique Channel, were to be shipped to neighbouring South Africa. Full text...
  • Photographer subpoenaed to testify in major Pagad trial
    03 may 2001 15:03:00
    Cape Town- South Africa (PANA) -- Top South African press photographer Benny Gool has been subpoenaed to testify in the trial of a vigilante group leader charged with murdering a senior gang leader in Cape Town five years ago. Full text...
  • Microsoft intensifies anti-piracy battle
    03 may 2001 14:40:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- In one of its hardest stances to combat piracy in South Africa, Microsoft SA is seeking signed declarations from businesses attesting to a "clean bill of health" regarding the use of its software. Full text...
  • Judge lets rapist off the hook
    03 may 2001 13:46:00
    Johannesburg- South Africa (PANA) -- In a second case of its kind within a week, a South African judge has questioned whether a child rape victim knows what it means to speak the truth under oath. Full text...

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