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South African miners sickened by working conditions reach settlement in landmark class action lawsuit

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A six-year battle between thousands of South African miners and gold mining companies ended with a historical class action settlement on Wednesday.

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Jesse Jackson, Louis Farrakhan and Naomi Campbell among diasporans to attend the funeral of Winnie Mandela

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Dignitaries and presidents from all over the world flew in to attend the funeral of anti-Apartheid icon, Winnie Mandizikela-Mandela.

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Streaming now: The final burial of Mama Winnie Madizikela-Mandela shows divide amongst political parties

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Emotions run high in the live broadcast during the concluding funeral services of Winnie Madizikela-Mandela.

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Mourning period continues in South Africa: Body of Winnie Mandela prepared in Xhosa tradition

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Cleansing and purification rituals from the Xhosa tradition were performed throughout the day by healers and family members of Winnie Madizikela-Mandela.

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Winnie Mandela memorialized in South Africa

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This week, South African freedom fighter and former leader of the African National Congress, Winnie Madikizela-Mandela was memorialized in Soweto this week. Now her family prepares for the final burial.

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Congresswoman Maxine Waters speaks on her relationship with deceased South African freedom fighter, Winnie Mandela

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Maxine Waters: “She knew and understood the power of women even when we didn’t understand our own power.”

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Jacob Zuma is no longer the president of South Africa, Cyril Ramaphosa named new leader

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Ten years after South Africa recalled the leadership of Thebo Mbeki, another president is ousted. Racked by political scandal and in the midst of South Africa struggling to stabilize its economy, President Jacob Zuma was forced to resign after a fleeting presidency. 

Although the Kwa-Zulu Natal contingency of the African National Congress (ANC) disapproved of Zuma’s departure, a party previously led by Nelson Mandela, expressed relief.

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Cape Town is running out of time as water shortage nears

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Before drought levels get better in the Western Cape, South Africa, it seems that the water shortage has difficult days and decisions ahead.

Frantic citizens load up on water and others work to build personal reservoirs, while the city continues to point fingers.

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Cape Town water crisis will hit poor blacks, coloured populations hardest

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The population most affected by the coming water shortage in Cape Town will be its poorest.

Mostly black and coloured (or mixed-race) South Africans living in squalor settlements outside of the city, already receive poor water, if any at all. Now they dread the coming scarcity as they fear that they will be blocked from the natural resource.

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Cape Town braces for severe water crisis

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Extreme drought conditions in Cape Town accelerate emergency plans by city officials preparing for a severe water shortage.

With less than three months of clean water in reservoirs of the Western Cape Region, Cape Town, the second-largest South African city, is headed to becoming the first major city to run completely out of usable water.

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