Former South African President Nelson Mandela has been admitted to hospital again. A government spokesman confirmed that the 94-year old former leader has been admitted with a recurrence of a lung infection.
Five emerging world economic powers Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa met in Johannesburg for a summit where they plan to announce competition for International Monetary Fund and World Bank, and that is, the creation of a new development bank.
The BRICS group of countries has agreed to form a new development bank to focus more on the development and infrastructure of the emerging and developing economic markets. In order to avoid currency crises, the countries also plan on pooling their foreign reserves. The BRICS development ban will serve as an alternative to the IMF and World Bank.
He became actively involved in the anti-apartheid movement and joined the African National Congress in 1942. For 20 years, he directed a campaign of peaceful, non-violent defiance against the South African government and its racist policies.
Well wishers say they hope for his speedy recovery.
“Blade Runner” Pistorius, a double amputee who became one of the biggest names in world athletics, has been charged with the murder of his girlfriend, 30-year-old model Reeva Steenkamp.
A South African billionaire, Patrice Motsepe, has decided that his family will give away half of its money to charity as he thinks that it is important for the successful people to help the less fortunate.
Motsepe, according to Forbes Magazine is the fourth richest man of South Africa and the eighth richest of the continent. According to the magazine, he has a net worth of 2.65 billion wealth made in the mining sector.
The ‘Scary Beautiful’ shoes were designed by South African student artist, Leanie van der Vyver to critically assess the fashion industry’s chase for excellence and perfection in her graduation project.
Evan Van Der Spuy was participating at a mountain bike race at Albert Falls Dam in KwaZulu Natal, South Africa. Van der Spuy was taken out by a red hartebeest, a type of antelope that can weigh as much as 330 pounds, caught on the GoPro camera of his Team Jeep South Africa mate Travis Walker according to the YouTube video. Travis shouted out a warning: “Watch out for the buck!” But that didn’t help Van der Spuy at all. Shockingly he didn’t suffer any critical injuries, other than a stiff neck, though his helmet shattered due to the force of the collision. The antelope remained unharmed and bounded off in the distance. The #BuckNorris video, as it has been termed on twitter is a viral success, going from 20 views to 1,102,626 in 24 hrs. Now that’s impressive.
Glenn beck was in South Africa on Thursday, he had freshly come off his ‘Restoring Courage’ event in Israel. He spent his Thursday show recapping and reflecting on the multi-day extravaganza he had just pulled off. Beck mentioned that some who were to perform at the controversial event had to pull out. “The reason why they canceled is because they were under death threat…I don’t blame them for [canceling] at all.” – Glenn Beck. MORE
Libya rebels are celebrating their victories in Tripoli but the danger of Moammar Gadhafi is still real. International leaders including U.S. President Barack Obama and French President Nicolas Sarkozy are calling for Gadhafi to get out of the way of the Libyan people once and for all.
“The surest way for the bloodshed to end is simple: MoammarQadhafi [sic] and his regime need to recognize that their rule has come to an end,” President Obama said early Monday morning. “Qadhafi needs to acknowledge the reality that he no longer controls Libya. He needs to relinquish power once and for all.” MORE
If you “have it all” and are experiencing depression you might be wondering, what’s wrong with me? Don’t worry you’re not alone. A recent study by World Health Organization (WHO) suggests that “affluent countries tend to have higher rates of depression compared to lower income countries”. Researchers used a standardized list to compare and contrast the people in varying countries who experience depression. They looked at individual traits such as age, gender, marital status, high, middle, and low-income groups from 18 countries on 5 continents. MORE
The US said the meeting reiterated its demand that Col Gaddafi step down, and involved no negotiations. MORE