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No Place Like Home: Xenophobia in South Africa

By Khadija Patel and Azad Essa, photography by Ihsaan Haffejee

http://interactive.aljazeera.com/aje/2015/xenophobiasouthafrica/index.html

Running small convenience stores in the townships is a dangerous business for foreigners. Often serving their customers through locked gates, they are accused of spreading disease, stealing jobs and sponging off basic government services like electricity, running water and healthcare. But as violence against them continues, the South African government insists that criminality is behind it, not xenophobia.

Click here to explore the full story over at Al Jazeera.

Is South African uranium the biggest threat to world peace?

South Africa’s nuclear munificence is stockpiled in the Pelindaba Nuclear Research Centre, just west of Pretoria. Within a secure vault smoulders almost a quarter of a tonne of highly enriched uranium, enough to make about ten cities go boom. Using diplomacy by other means—AKA an expose by an outfit called the Centre of Public Integrity, published in the Washington Post—the Americans have announced that they believe Pelindaba to be one of the world’s great security threats. How afraid should we be? RICHARD POPLAK dons a nuclear protection radiation suit and wades in.

Click here to read full text in the Daily Maverick