Tag Archives: South Africa

17Mar/15

South African doctors perform world’s first successful penis transplant

South African doctors perform the world’s first successful penis transplant on a young man who had his organ amputated after a botched circumcision ritual.

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14Mar/15

Gandhi statue unveiled in London

A statue of Indian independence leader Mahatma Gandhi is unveiled in London’s Parliament Square.

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11Mar/15

Armed mugging of South African reporter caught on camera

A reporter is mugged in Johannesburg by two men, one armed with a gun, as he is about to start a live news bulletin about Zambian President Edgar Lungu’s hospital treatment.
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09Mar/15

Japanese sushi – made in Africa

(Reuters Business Report) – The idea of the Japanese eating sushi fish from a tiny landlocked African country may sound unlikely.

But that’s exactly what’s happening.

The mountainous kingdom of Lesotho is completely encircled by South Africa, and supplies water to its much bigger neighbour.

It’s also home to this fish farm project, hoping to boost the country’s economy by meeting overseas demand for trout.

MAMPOI LEROTHOLI LABORATORY TECHNICIAN,

“We have a good catchment area, we get low temperature and that suitable for the growth of our product which is rainbow trout. Also pollution and other problems that you get in city life you don’t get them here, we don’t get disturbances. The fish can live peacefully.”

The Highlands Trout project exports about 2,000 tonnes of trout a year to Japan’s CGC supermarket.

It is even by-passing Tsukiji, Tokyo’s massive wholesale fish market – to sell the directly to the retail market.

Once the premium fish is processed for export in Lesotho, remaining pieces are shared among community members.

Selemo Sitsane, is nursery supervisor at Highlands Trout

SELEMO SITSANE, NURSERY SUPERVISOR, HIGHLANDS TROUT,

“Residents will be given the heads of the fish to eat. The people who work here are locals; the project has brought many changes and made things better for the community.”

Lesotho’s residents have long worked as migrants in South Africa – the vast majority underground.

But with South Africa’s gold industry is in a state of steep decline, projects like Highlands Trout are welcomed by locals.

The company has been up and running since 2012, and now now wants to expand its annual output to 10,000 tonnes a year.

09Mar/15

Rooibos wine targets health-conscious drinkers

A South African winery is aiming to revolutionise the wine-making industry by using indigenous Rooibos wood to produce a healthier wine with no preservatives.
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08Mar/15

Female entrepreneur takes her Nigerian online fashion store to Africa’s top business lists

Ahead of World Women’s Day on March 8, we celebrate Africa’s women in business. Nigerian entrepreneur Honey Ogundeyi started Fashpa – an online shopping platform with one of the widest selections of fashionable clothes and accessories, just over a year ago. She was recently listed by Forbes among one of ten top emerging entrepreneurs in Africa for 2015.
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02Mar/15

Durban formally submits bid for 2022 Commonwealth Games

LONDON, ENGLAND, UNITED KINGDOM (MARCH 2, 2015) (REUTERS) – Durban formally handed over its bid to host the 2022 Commonwealth Games at a ceremony in London on Monday (March 2).
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02Mar/15

Mobile World looks to 5G

(BVO) – Welcome to the future.

A place where you can stream videos as holograms from your phone.

HD movies will take a matter of seconds to download.

While data speeds reach the giddy heights of 13 Gigabytes per second.

For now 5G is a work in progress.

But firms like Nokia Networks are hoping to make it a reality by 2020.
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02Mar/15

Outgoing Namibian president wins $5 mln Africa leadership prize

Namibia’s president Hifikepunye Pohamba has won the Mo Ibrahim Prize for good governance, joining previous recipients – former presidents Pedro de Verona Rogrigues Pires of Cape Verde, Mozambique’s Joaquim Chissano and Festus Mogae of Botswana. South Africa’s Nelson Mandela was also given an honorary award.
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01Mar/15

England lose heavily to Sri Lanka

Sri Lanka thrash England by nine wickets thanks to unbeaten centuries from Lahiru Thirimanne and Kumar Sangakkara.
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