July 1, 2013 |
JOHANNESBURG - Paying tribute to his personal hero, President Obama met privately Saturday with Nelson Mandela's family. Obama, who has spoken movingly about the ailing 94-year-old antiapartheid leader throughout his trip to Africa, praised the former South African president's "moral courage" during remarks from the grand Union Buildings where Mandela was inaugurated as his nation's first black president. Obama also called on the continent's leaders, including in neighboring Zimbabwe, to take stock of Mandela's willingness to put country before self and step down after one term despite his immense popularity.
August 12, 2012
Heidi Holland, 64, a journalist and author who chronicled the rise of Zimbabwean President Robert Mugabe from freedom fighter to power-obsessed leader, died Saturday at her home in South Africa, police said. Lt. Col. Katlego Mogale said a gardener found Ms. Holland's body in her home in Melville, a suburb of Johannesburg after an apparent suicide. Mogale said there were no signs of foul play, nor any items missing from her home to suggest a burglary. Ms. Holland grew up in Zimbabwe, then white-controlled Rhodesia, but described in her 2008 book, Dinner With Mugabe , her sympathy for the future president and others fighting to turn control of the nation back to black Africans.
February 10, 2012 |
IN THE OPENING moments of "Safe House," rogue agent Denzel Washington endures bullets and waterboarding with the air of a man getting a spa treatment. He's relaxed and cool, and the audience laughs, because Washington wears his movie star history/charisma like armor. He wants his star stature to blend with his character - Tobin Frost, a celebrity in the CIA for having built its modern spy machine before he mysteriously went AWOL. Now Frost is back, and in possession of sensitive data that many intelligence agencies will kill to suppress.
June 22, 2010
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Two weeks ago, Johannesburg was on fire for Bafana Bafana. South Africa's national team was, no doubt, a team of destiny, and as you drove around the city, there were rolling flags, horns honking, and jerseys everywhere. But after last week's 3-0 loss to Uruguay, the country endured a time of mourning as it figured out how to continue supporting Bafana Bafana-as well as the rest of the World Cup. The hotel service staff went from wearing its gold-and-yellow Adidas jerseys to returning to its standard uniform dress of gray and white.
June 17, 2010
PRETORIA, South Africa - Join the voice behind Bafana Bafana. These are the life-size words posted throughout Johannesburg, the billboards as frequent as mile markers, displayed on side roads such as Rivonia and highways such as the N1. And so, on a chilly Wednesday evening, joining the voice in its quest against Uruguay seemed right, even natural. An opening-game tie with Mexico had offered South Africa continued hope, had offered the host nation a second chance for victory and, with that victory, a likely pass out of group play and into the knockout stages.
June 12, 2010
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - South Africa made like the Big Apple and didn't sleep on Thursday night. The anticipation for Africa's first World Cup had been evident all week: parades, colors, headlines, billboards and happiness. But on Thursday night, the city reached a crescendo with the FIFA World Cup Kick-Off Celebration Concert. Performing at the concert were the Black Eyed Peas, Alicia Keys, John Legend, and Shakira. Around 30,000 fans danced for hours. Outside on the streets, the party continued until morning with vuvuzelas blowing from car windows; it was then that it seemed all of Johannesburg streamed toward Soccer City.
June 11, 2010 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - The colors of Bafana Bafana, the affectionate nickname bestowed upon South Africa's national team, are lime green and lemon yellow. And the colors are everywhere. On billboards, attached to rearview mirrors, worn in jersey form by nearly everyone working in the service industry, worn by those simply excited for this event, and worn by "The Boys" themselves, who on Friday will kick off the 2010 FIFA World Cup by playing Mexico inside artistic Soccer City, the tournament's marquee venue that holds 88,460 and is located a few winding kilometers from downtown Johannesburg.
June 7, 2010 |
PRETORIA, South Africa - While overzealous fans were creating news, and injuries, in a suburb outside Johannesburg, the U.S. men's national team held an open practice, welcoming a small collection of fans as well as hundreds of local children. On Sunday afternoon, before an exhibition match between Nigeria and North Korea, approximately 15 people were injured in a stampede outside of Makhulong Stadium, located in the Johannesburg suburb of Tembisa. In the last few days, many teams have staged warm-up matches in preparation for the FIFA World Cup, which runs from Friday to July 11. In a similar exhibition match on Saturday, also in a Johannesburg suburb, the U.S. team defeated Australia, 3-1, with all 7,000 fans entering and exiting the stadium without incident.
June 4, 2010 |
JOHANNESBURG, South Africa - Goalkeepers seem to enjoy a new soccer ball about as much as they enjoy defending a penalty kick. A new ball is always too light, too unpredictable, the wrong color, and what was the problem with the old one, anyway? This summer's latest edition - the Jabulani, created by Adidas for the 2010 FIFA World Cup - has recently been called all sorts of bad names by the stars preparing to use it. The most contemptuous review came from Brazilian goalkeeper Julio Cesar, who told the press: "It's terrible, horrible.