NELSON MANDELA DIES AT 95: ANTI-APARTHEID LEADER AND ICON OF SOUTH AFRICA

(CNN) — Nelson Mandela, the revered statesman who emerged from prison after 27 years to lead South Africa out of decades of apartheid, has died, South African President Jacob Zuma announced late Thursday. Mandela was 95. “He is now resting. He is now at peace,” Zuma said. “Our nation has lost its greatest son. Our people have… [Continue Reading]

NIGERIA’S SUPER EAGLES FOOTBALL TEAM LINEUP FOR NATIONS CUP IN SOUTH AFRICA

Goalkeepers: Vincent Enyeama (Maccabi Tel Aviv, Israel); Austin Ejide (Hapoel Be’er Sheba, Israel); Chigozie Agbim (Enugu Rangers, Nigeria) Defenders: Elderson Echiejile (SC Braga, Portugal); Juwon Oshaniwa (Ashdod FC, Israel); Joseph Yobo (Fenerbahce, Turkey); Efe Ambrose (Celtic FC, Scotland); Azubuike Egwuekwe (Warri Wolves, Nigeria); Kenneth Omeruo (ADO Den Haag, Netherlands); Godfrey Oboabona (Sunshine Stars, Nigeria) Midfielders:… [Continue Reading]

SOUTH KOREAN PSY: ONE HIT WONDER OR POP BREAKTHROUGH?

If you are one of the few who haven’t seen South Korean rapper Psy’s performance of “Gangnam Style” on YouTube (which, until I wrote these words, included me), you’re missing not only a piece of power pop, but — some hope — a harbinger of things to come for Asian music artists. “Is this an anomaly or… [Continue Reading]

OSCAR PISTORIUS APOLOGIZES AFTER LOSING 200M PARALYMPIC RACE TO BRAZIL

South African “Blade runner” Oscar Pistorius has apologized for the timing of his complaints about the length of his rivals’ prosthetic limbs after his shock loss in the 200-meter sprint at the Paralympic Games in London. Minutes after losing the race to 20-year-old Brazilian runner Alan Fonteles Cardaso Oliveira on Sunday, Pistorius accused the gold… [Continue Reading]

DEATH TOLL UP TO 30 AS POLICE FIRES ON STRIKING MINERS IN SOUTH AFRICA

Police opened fire to disperse thousands of machete-wielding workers taking part in a strike at a South African mine, killing more than 30, authorities said Friday. South African police said more than 30 people died in the attack Thursday. The National Union of Mineworkers gave the number at 36. The violence erupted when police shot… [Continue Reading]

GRAPHIC: SOUTH AFRICAN POLICE GUN DOWN STRIKING MINERS AFTER EXPLOSION

Rising tensions at a South African platinum mine exploded Thursday in grisly violence as police opened fire on striking miners. Blood-stained bodies lay strewn about a field in a police response reminiscent of the ugly days of apartheid. Police have not released a death toll, but a South African Press Association reporter counted 18 corpses…. [Continue Reading]

VIDEO: AMERICAN STUDENT MAULED BY CHIMPS IN SOUTH AFRICA

This is a story of another human being forgetting that pound-for-pound, we are one of the weakest species of mammals on earth. The American student in this story was nearly mauled to death by Chimpanzees in South Africa. The University of Texas student, Andrew Oberly, was doing research for his master’s degree when he was… [Continue Reading]

REDEMPTION: LEBRON JAMES LEADS MIAMI HEAT TO NBA TITLE

The Miami Heat defeated the Oklahoma City Thunder 121-106 Thursday night in Miami to win the NBA championship in five games. League MVP LeBron James scored 26 points, and had 11 rebounds and 13 assists for Miami. Chris Bosh scored 24 points and Dwyane Wade 20 for the Heat. Oklahoma City’s Kevin Durant led all… [Continue Reading]

WE MUST LEARN TOLERANCE: TRANSGENDER PAGEANT WINNER KILLED IN SOUTH AFRICA

A 23 year old South African man who won a Miss Gay pageant last year has been killed. Thapelo Makutle (pictured above), known as Queen Bling, was found in his room with his throat slit last week Saturday. His friend told police that Thapelo had argued with two heterosexual men the previous day about his… [Continue Reading]

MOM ARRESTED FOR CHEERING AT DAUGHTER’S GRADUATION: BIZARRE!

With al the sad news going on, I thought that some bizarre news might help lighten the mood. I must warn you that as you enjoy the reading of this blog post, make sure you use your inside voice to cheer. Your neighbor may call the cops and get you arrested. Read more… FLORENCE, SC… [Continue Reading]

CHETAHS MAUL WOMAN AT A GAME RESERVE IN SOUTH AFRICA

Let me start off by saying that I do not wish this on anyone, but I don’t understand people that tempt fate in this manner. This post is another example of the fact that no matter how much a wild cat is trained and ‘domesticated’, it is extremely difficult to completely get rid of their dangerous… [Continue Reading]