South Africa will expand Nelson Mandela’s memorial service to cater for at least 200,000 people, more than first planned, as ordinary citizens to foreign heads of state clamor to pay tribute to the former president.
South Africa’s Deputy President Kgalema Motlanthe ruled himself out as a rival candidate to President Jacob Zuma, who is losing support from labor unions and the African National Congress’s Youth League.
Gilbert Mosala shuffles across the deserted parking lot of Buffelsfontein Gold Mine in central South Africa, home to the world’s largest gold reserves. In the past year, almost 95 percent of his 2,500 colleagues were fired.
South Africa’s ruling African National Congress is bracing for a divisive leadership fight as President Jacob Zuma prepares to fend off a challenge similar to the one he mounted five years ago to depose Thabo Mbeki.
South Africa’s gold-mining employees’ demands for higher wages at companies including AngloGold Ashanti Ltd. should be linked to improved productivity to ensure the industry survives, Deputy President President Kgalema Motlanthe said.