South Africa

Former South Africa president Nelson Mandela has died

December 5, 2013

Nelson Mandela has died at the age of 95.

The former South African President died at home on Thursday.

Mr Mandela was a world leader who fought against racial segregation in South Africa.

Gaining international attention, Mr Mandela was sentenced to life imprisonment for sabotage and conspiracy to overthrow the government in 1963.


South African government boycotts Israel

By Moira Schneider, November 7, 2013

There was alarm among South African Jews last week after the country’s International Relations Minister, Maite Nkoana-Mashabane, told reporters of a government policy not to engage with Israel at ministerial level until progress had been made in the peace process and in addressing Palestinians’ grievances.


De Klerk’s warning for South Africa

By Moira Schneider, October 10, 2013

Former president FW de Klerk told a Cape Town conference last Sunday that an ongoing breakdown in the democratic contract in South Africa could lead to “problems” for the Jewish community.


Business boost in Cape Town

By Tali Feinberg, August 1, 2013

The Cape South African Jewish Board of Deputies (SAJBD) hosted a networking event for members of the black and Jewish communities last week.

“This event is part of the SA Jewish Board of Deputies’ mandate,” said Rael Kaimowitz, vice chair of the Cape SAJBD. “We are building alliances with this country’s future thought leaders.”


Former South African envoy rejects honour from ‘apartheid Israel’

By Sandy Rashty, June 24, 2013

The chairman of JNF UK has challenged a South African politician who refused to have trees in Israel planted in his name.

Ismail Coovadia, the former ambassador to Israel from March 2009 until last December, was presented with a gift from the Israeli Foreign Ministry at the end of his term in office.


Britain’s quietest immigration story

By Andrew Caplan, June 9, 2013

We have been talking about the politics of immigration since the 1960s, sometimes with a barely hidden xenophobic subtext. At first, the focus was on migrants "of colour"; of late it has become a proxy for anti-Europeanism and concern about the "clash of civilisations".


Baby-death case doctor speaks of prison ordeal

By Sandy Rashty, May 23, 2013

A doctor imprisoned in the United Arab Emirates on a manslaughter charge has spoken of his joy and relief at being home.

Professor Cyril Karabus, a 78-year-old paediatric oncologist from Cape Town, said it was “fantastic” to be free after a nine-month ordeal in which he had witnessed the effects of beatings and despaired of ever being released.


Detained doctor finally returns to South Africa

By Sandy Rashty, May 17, 2013

Professor Cyril Karabus, the elderly doctor who had been detained in the United Arab Emirates since August, has just arrived in South Africa.

His family and lawyer, Michael Bagraim, met him the airport in Cape Town.

Prof Karabus had been waiting for his passport to be returned by prosecutors since he was found not guilty of manslaughter in March.


South African professor not guilty, UAE court finds

By Sandy Rashty, March 22, 2013

An elderly doctor who has been detained in the United Arab Emirates since August, was finally found not guilty by an Abu Dhabi judge yesterday.

Professor Cyril Karabus, from South Africa, who had his trial postponed 15 times, is waiting for his passport to be returned so he can travel home in time for Pesach.


Sleeping giant has a role to play

By Alana Baranov, March 17, 2013

Living at the tip of the African continent, it is easy to feel disconnected from the pulse of global affairs. But, while I may not have grown up in one of the world's financial or political capitals, as the 21st century progresses, it is clear that Africa matters. And as the "sleeping giant" awakens, her geopolitical importance will shape world events.