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Winnie Mandela is hospitalized but doing well – spokesman says

GINNEWS (GIN)–Veteran activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela is in good spirits while she remains hospitalized for observation, her spokesperson Victor Dlamini told News24 over the recent weekend. “She is absolutely fine and doing great. I am sure that the doctors will discharge her very soon,” spokesperson Dlamini said. Ms. Madikizela-Mandela was admitted to the Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg in early March. “She is in good...

Looking Ahead For The Motherland In 2017

In a “what to look for in Africa during 2017,” among other things, the BBC included watching incoming U. S. President Donald Trump. Similar to Nation of Islam Minister Louis Farrakhan, who has said that Mr. Trump, more than any single individual in recent history would assist in unifying Black America, the BBC noted the incoming president has...

Parole For Anti-Apartheid Hero’s Killer? Victim’s Family Says ‘No!’

GINNEWS JOHANNESBURG (GIN)– The wife of a slain anti-apartheid hero is raging against a court decision ordering the release of her husband's killer on parole within 14 days. Limpho Hani, widow of Chris Hani, called the decision to grant parole to Janusz Walus “a sad day for South Africa.” She harshly rebuked the judge who made the ruling, calling her a...

China wows African leaders at Africa China CONFAB in Jo-Burg

GINNEWS (GIN)–At the recently concluded Forum on Africa and China Cooperation, Chinese President Xi Jinping appeared to be everywhere–shaking hands, holding one on ones, watching cultural shows and last but not least, approving generous grants. As the conference in Johannesburg drew to a close, 48 African countries had received pledges, promises and development deals from Asia's principal financial giant. They also...

U.S. chemical contaminator eyes Africa for profit windfall

GINNEWS (GIN)–The Michigan-based Dow Chemical Co. has renewed its plans to increase sales of industrial products in sub-Saharan Africa while earning greater profits. “Dow is absolutely betting on Africa's growth,” said Ross McLean, president for sub-Saharan Africa, in a Reuters interview in Nairobi. “We expect to triple our revenue from Africa over the next five years. That is our objective and...

Profiteers selling ‘conflict diamonds’ from Central African Republic, despite ban

GINNEWS (GIN) -  Since a coup d'etat and an extremely bloody aftermath, not much has improved in the Central African Republic and that suits the black market diamond merchants just fine. With news cameras turned away, their trade in “conflict diamonds” is proceeding at a gallop, despite a global ban. The diamond-trading ban was imposed by the Kimberley Process, a global...

Motherland reality: As simple as drawing lines on a map

(FinalCall.com) - To show students how Africa was divvied up in 1885 by Europeans, I stood in front of my son Equiano's sixth grade class at Germantown Friends School in Philadelphia and armed only with a magic marker, he drew “artificial borders” on a map of Africa, devoid of its current nation states, that was projected from the...

South African land redistribution is a ticking time bomb

(FinalCall.com) - With the “stroke” of a pen, passage of the June 19, 1913 Native Land Act legalized atrocities committed against South Africa's indigenous population. Forced off of land Blacks had lived on since time immemorial, the new law gave substance to what Blacks already realized, the majority of South African land was now reserved for Whites. Not only that,...

Zimbabwe land redistribution a sign for South Africa?

(FinalCall.com) - During a recent speech at the University of South Africa, former President Thabo Mbeki took Western nations to task for mounting an “offensive against Zimbabwe” that he called an indirect attack on the aspirations of all Africans. During his speech, after attending President Robert Mugabe's inauguration in Zimbabwe, he focused on criticisms about the outcome of the...

U.S. Gov’t Destabilizing Africa through AFRICOM

(FinalCall.com) - Thanks to the U.S. and its proxy-led interventions, instability in North Africa and the Middle East has spread to the African continent. Violence, including the longstanding conflict (you might remember “Black Hawk Down”) in Somalia has spread to include Ethiopia, Uganda and most recent victim Kenya. While global concern focuses on poison gas attacks in Syria, Iran's alleged...