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  • Pro-gay mosque opens in Cape Town
    A Muslim academic opens a gay-friendly mosque in South Africa, despite receiving death threats and criticism from parts of the Muslim community.
    BBC News.  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 17:07:34 GMT.
  • Gay-friendly mosque launches quiet 'revolution' in South Africa
    Cape Town (AFP) - Against a global background of rising Islamist militancy a new mosque where gay people are welcome, Christians too, and women are treated equally to men opened peacefully in Cape Town on Friday despite threats of violence.
    Yahoo.  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 13:32:29 -0400.
  • Africa: Time to End Academia's Ivory Trade
    [Fahamu]Universities in South Africa and the rest of the continent have tended to either remain aloof from society or follow government prescriptions dociley. ...
    All Africa.  Fri, 19 Sep 2014 12:03:07 GMT.
  • SA team helps Nigeria church rescue
    A South African rescue team flies to Nigeria to help locate missing South Africans believed to have been inside a church hostel when it collapsed.
    BBC News.  Thu, 18 Sep 2014 16:01:58 GMT.
  • South Africa’s 'Open Mosque' Admits Everyone, Including Critics
    A Muslim academic in South Africa is ruffling feathers - and, he says, getting death threats - for his plan to open a mosque that will welcome gay worshipers and allow women to lead prayers. ...
    Voice of America.  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 12:22:50 -0400.
  • Seecrypt Announces Release of a New Generation of Secure Encrypted Communications - SC3
    PRETORIA, South Africa, Sept. ...
    PR Newswire.  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 06:00:00 EDT.
  • Theater Review: ‘Ndebele Funeral,’ Set in South Africa, at 59E59 Theaters
    In “Ndebele Funeral,” at 59E59 Theaters, a woman afflicted with AIDS prepares to die in a South Africa beset by bleak realities.
    By Alexis Soloski.  International Herald Tribune.  Wed, 17 Sep 2014 02:00:02 GMT.
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  • Nobel laureates appeal to South Africa
    A group of Nobel peace laureates is appealing to South Africa to grant a visa to the Dalai Lama, who abandoned an attempt to get permission to travel to Cape Town next month.
    Miami Herald.  Tue, 16 Sep 2014 06:20 EDT.
  • Watch: Oscar Pistorius found guilty of culpable homicide
    A South African judge on Friday found Oscar Pistorius guilty of culpable homicide in the shooting death of girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp and declared him not guilty of murder. Watch LIVE here.
    Canadian Broadcasting Corporation.  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:04:29 EDT.
  • 'Lease rip-off': Envoy carpeted
    The luxury apartment of South Africa's former high commissioner to Ghana, leased and decorated with state funds, has come under official scrutiny.
    Mail & Guardian.  Fri, 12 Sep 2014 00:00:00 +0200.
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Facts About South Africa

The Republic of South Africa, located in southern Africa, is governed by a President and a bicameral Parliament.  South Africa's capital city is Pretoria, and its national currency is the Rand. 

In 2007, the nation's estimated population was 43,998,000, and the primary languages used by South Africans are Afrikaans and English.

For more news and information about South Africa, visit the official South African government website.

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