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3 days ago

Reconciliation Day in South Africa marked with unveiling of giant statue of Nelson Mandela

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6 days ago

Fencing manufacturer retooling with new products.

A Thunder Bay fencing company has retooled to pursue a cross-Canada

market with new automated and more decorative products geared to the

commercial and residential market.

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With the region's manufacturing base taking a beating in

forestry, it was time for Northwest Fencing to change gears.

They're relying on a new product mix and an ambitious campaign to

broaden their markets into Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta.



"We have our sights set on all of Canada," says company

president Brent Sylvester.



The company has spent an estima

1 week ago

Factors That Determine the Cost of a Chain-link Fence

Besides sprucing up the look of your property, chain-link fences provide some degree of security to your property as well. Though a few modern houses use these fences for decorative purposes, there is no denying that the security value that comes as a bonus of installing chain-link fences is the main purpose why they are installed. Thanks to the various materials that these fences can be made of, it has become very affordable to install such a fence, and these days you can see such fences on most commercial and some residential properties as well. Also known as cyclone fences, the ease of installation, the strength and durability, and the fact that different fence designs can be easily incor

2 weeks ago

Archive News & Video for Sunday, 13 Sep 2015

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2 weeks ago

South African twins planned attacks on U.S. Embassy, Jewish buildings | Reuters



JOHANNESBURG South African twins arrested over the weekend were planning attacks on the U.S. Embassy in the capital, Pretoria, as well as on buildings owned by Jewish people, police said on Monday.

Four South Africans, including the twins, Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie, faced charges in court ranging from conspiracy to firearms offences, the spokesman for the elite police unit Hawks, Brigadier Hangwani Mulaudzi, said.

The four, arrested in Johannesburg on Sunday, will be detained in custody until July 19, when their case will be heard, Mulaudzi said.

Quoting the charge sheet, the News24 news organization said the twins had been attempting to fly to Syria. Security officials say there are no known militant groups operating in South Africa, but Britain and the United States warned in June of a high threat of attacks against foreigners in the country's shopping malls.

Mulaudzi named the other two siblings as Fatima and Ibrahim Mohammed Patel.

"The indictment does talk to issues of terror plots that they were planning against the U.S. Embassy as well as Jewish Buildings in the country," he said, referring to the twins.

"The twins have been charged with conspiracy," Mulaudzi added. "The Patel siblings have been charged with the violation of the Firearms Control Act for now."

The twins' preliminary charge sheet states that their conspiracy occurred between October 2015 and July 8 this year, local newspaper the Times said on its online service.

In Washington, State Department spokesman John Kirby said at a daily news briefing that the United States applauded Hawks for making the arrests and had "full confidence in the South African judicial system to handle this case according to internationally accepted best practices".

(Reporting by Nqobile Dludla, additional reporting by Mohammad Zargham in Washington, writing by James Macharia; editing by Ralph Boulton and Cynthia Osterman)

3 weeks ago

South Africa's Zuma caves in on fees amid violent student protests | Reuters

PRETORIA South Africa's President Jacob Zuma on Friday ruled out university fee increases next year after a week of angry protests by students across the country in the first signs of the post-apartheid 'Born Free' generation flexing its muscle.

Police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades at students who hurled rocks and lit fires on the grounds of Union Buildings, where the government has its offices in Pretoria, demanding Zuma come outside and address them.

But security officials feared for his safety, and Zuma remained inside, making the fee freeze announcement to the media instead.

"We decided against it because it was not safe," a state security official told Reuters. "There were students there with stones." A second source confirmed the change of plan.

The protest caps a week of angry demonstrations over the cost of university education - prohibitive for many blacks - amid frustration at the inequalities that persist two decades after the end of white-minority rule.

"On the matter at hand we agreed that there will be a zero increase of university fees in 2016," Zuma said after meeting in private with student leaders and university management.

Some of the more than 12,000 students who gathered at Union Buildings in Pretoria welcomed Zuma's announcement, but others said the measure fell short of their demand for free education.

"It's a partial victory. It's not a victory worthy of celebration. It just means that we are safe for this year," Busisiwe Mashiqa, 29, a student at Fort Hare University said.

"There are many issues that need to be addressed and affordability is the main issue."

Kenneth Matshili, 21, a student in Pretoria, said: "It's better that we resolve the issues once for all. I am saying I want free education for all in our lifetime."

Tuition fees vary across universities, but can run as high as 60,000 rand ($4,500) per year for medical students in a country where white households still earn six times more than black households, according to official figures.

But low growth since a 2009 recession has forced the government to keep a lid on spending, meaning that it has little spare cash to offer students in the form of enhanced subsidies.

The government, which subsidizes universities, has said it cannot afford the free education that students are demanding.

PROTESTS PUNISH RAND

The rand currency touched a 3-1/2 week low against the dollar on Friday as investor sentiment soured due the protests, which analysts said had damaged Zuma.

"The protest has affected the image, stability and popularity of the ruling party. The damage is accumulating at Zuma's doorstep before local elections next year," BNP Paribas Securities South Africa political consultant Nic Borain said.

"Not raising fees for a year is not a sustainable solution, this will still remain a crisis for the government."

Two decades after the end of apartheid, many students have no personal recollection of apartheid and thus little emotional allegiance to the ruling African National Congress (ANC).

On Wednesday, riot police threw stun grenades at students who stormed the parliament precinct in Cape Town as Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene delivered his interim budget in which he painted a gloomy outlook for Africa's most advanced economy.

"The ANC just talks, we support the ANC but we just don't support the current cabinet...The children are making a plea, you should listen," Makungu Sithole, 21, an engineering student said.

South Africa has a million students in further education, a figure that the ANC wants to increase to 1.5 million by 2030.

Universities say they need higher fees to keep up standards and they urged the government to find the extra money.

(Additional reporting by Johannesburg bureau; Writing by James Macharia; editing by Susan Thomas)

http://www.reuters.com/article/us-safrica-protests-idUSKCN0SH0LJ20151023

3 weeks ago

Nelson Mandela Remembered By Heads Of State Photos

Nelson Mandela Honored And Remembered

People stand in a long, winding line to catch a bus to see the remains of Nelson Mandela at the Union Buildings in Pretoria, South Africa on Dec. 12, 2013.

Themba Hadebe/AP Photo

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