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Fire in Cape Town...epa04644360 Rescue personel battle a blaze in Noorhoek Manor old age home in Cape Town, South Africa 02 March 2015. A fire fanned by gale force south easterly winds has raged across the south peninsula of Cape Town from Muizenberg to Hout Bay. Residents in some areas were forced to evacuate. Rescue personel continue to battle the blaze.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

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Firemen battle a blaze in Noordhoek Manor old age home in Cape Town, South Africa. A fire fanned by gale force south easterly winds has raged across the south peninsula of Cape Town from Muizenberg to Hout Bay. 

Shack fire in Masiphumelele...epa04474260 South African residents of Masiphumelele assist firemen to extinguish a blaze that devastated parts of the informal shack settlement in Cape Town, South Africa, 03 November 2014. Several shacks were destroyed in the fire which quickly spread in the overpopulated and dense shack settlement. Residents complain of poor access roads for emergency personel who have difficulty getting fire and rescue support to the areas quickly. Inadequate housing and the growing number of informal settlements is one of the major issues facing the government.  EPA/NIC BOTHMA

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South African residents of Masiphumelele assist firemen to extinguish a blaze that devastated parts of the informal shack settlement in Cape Town. Several shacks were destroyed in the fire which quickly spread in the overpopulated and dense shack settlement. 

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius at the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, 21 October 2014. Pistorius was sentenced to 5 years in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeve Steenkamp in February 2013.

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At the High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius was sentenced on Tuesday to a maximum five-year term in prison for killing his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp in February 2013.

Oscar Pistorius Is Convicted Of Culpable Homicide Of Girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp...PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - SEPTEMBER 12:  Oscar Pistorius leaves on bail from the North Gauteng High Court on September 12, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa ruled out murder charges yesterday, but convicted Oscar Pistorius in court today of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. Sentencing for Pistorius will be on October 13.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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Oscar Pistorius leaves on bail from the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa. South African Judge Thokosile Masipa ruled out murder charges yesterday, but convicted Oscar Pistorius in court today of culpable homicide, as the six month trial of the Olympic double-amputee sprinter comes to an end. His defence maintained that Mr Pistorius mistook Ms Reeva Steenkamp for an intruder in his home when he fired several shots into his bathroom allegedly in self-defence but killing his girlfriend. Sentencing for Pistorius will be on October 13. 

Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius reacts as he listens to Judge Thokozile Masipa's judgement at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria...Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius reacts as he listens to Judge Thokozile Masipa's judgement at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, September 11, 2014. A South African judge cleared Oscar Pistorius of all murder charges on Thursday, saying prosecutors had failed to prove the Olympic and Paralympic track star intended to kill his girlfriend or an imagined intruder on Valentine's Day last year.

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Olympic and Paralympic track star Oscar Pistorius reacts as he listens to Judge Thokozile Masipa’s judgement at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria. A South African judge cleared Oscar Pistorius of all murder charges on Thursday and will await the verdict on culpable homicide

Young boys warm up before playing soccer on a dusty field in Soweto, South Africa

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Young boys warm up before playing football on a dusty field in Soweto, South Africa

People hold placards and shout slogans while marching through Cape Town to protest Israel's military campaign in Gaza and show their support to the Palestinian people, on July 16, 2014. Israel urged 100,000 Gazans to flee their homes on July 16, but the warning was largely ignored despite an intensification of the military's nine-day campaign after Hamas snubbed a ceasefire effort.

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People hold placards and shout slogans while marching through Cape Town to protest Israel’s military campaign in Gaza and show their support to the Palestinian people, on Wednesday

A striking worker wears a tyre around his neck as thousands of workers clad in red demonstrate on the first day of a nationwide strike called by South Africa's National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) in Johannesburg Central Business District on July 1, 2014. Nearly a quarter of a million members of South Africa's largest union downed tools on July 1, beginning an indefinite strike that threatens to bring the engineering sector to a halt. The strike is expected to hit more than 10,000 metals and engineering firms that account for about four percent of South African economic output, according to economists at Citigroup.

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A striking worker wears a tyre around his neck as thousands of workers clad in red demonstrate on the first day of a nationwide strike called by South Africa’s National Union of Metalworkers (NUMSA) in Johannesburg Central Business District

A South African woman and a child sit at a vacant land, following the mass eviction of two weeks ago, in Lwandle, Cape Town, South Africa, 18 June 2014. Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille confirmed the South African National Roads Agency (SANRAL) who own the land would be responsible for rebuilding the 849 homes destroyed in the evictions. The South African Human Rights Commission (SAHRC) is probing the evictions due to the excessive use of force by police and the inhumane nature in which it was carried out. The families were evicted in the midst of a severe storm in the middle of winter with no alternate shelter being provided. They have now been told they can move back onto the land but are afraid to do so in case of further evictions. There have been numerous evictions across the country in the wake of the general elections with housing and the lack of it being one of the major issues facing the new government.

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A woman and a child sit at a vacant land in Lwandle, Cape Town, South Africa, following a mass eviction two weeks ago

Members of the South African ruling party African National Congress Youth League and supporters of the South African president demonstrate outside the Weely Mail and Guardian media offices, on Thursday, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The demonstrators were protesting against the election coverage by these media groups.

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Members of the African National Congress Youth League, and supporters of the South African president Jacob Zuma, demonstrate outside the Weekly Mail and Guardian media offices, on Thursday, in Johannesburg, South Africa. The demonstrators were protesting against the election coverage by these media groups.

Striking miners march in Marikana

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Striking miners march in Marikana, 40 kms from Rustenburg, in the South African platinum belt on Wednesday

Some of the hundreds of protests demonstrate outside the Nigeria Consulate to bring attention to the girls abducted in Nigeria, Johannesburg, South Africa, 08 May 2014.  The march by both South African and Nigeria women is to raise awareness for the 276 girls abducted from their school last month by the terror group Boko Haram. None of the girls have been found to date.

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Protestors demonstrate in the Nigerian capital, Abuja, to bring attention to the more than 200 girls abducted in Nigeria.

South Africans queue to vote at a polling station in Zandspruit, west of Johannesburg, South Africa, Wednesday, May 7, 2014. South Africans voted Wednesday in elections that are expected to see the ruling African National Congress return to power despite a vigorous challenge from opposition parties seeking to capitalize on discontent with corruption and economic inequality. (AP Photo/Themba Hadebe)

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South Africans queue to vote at a polling station in Zandspruit, west of Johannesburg

Supporters of the South African opposition party Democratic Alliance (DA) holds signs as they gather in Mamelodi during an election rally on April 28, 2014. South Africa celebrated on the eve the 20th anniversary of its first ever all-race, democratic election that ended decades of sanctioned racial oppression under the apartheid system. This year's anniversary of democracy coincides with South Africa's fifth democratic election on May 7 where voters will cast ballots in a fiercely fought contest.

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Supporters of the South African opposition party Democratic Alliance gather in Mamelodi during an election rally on Monday. This year’s anniversary of democracy coincides with South Africa’s fifth democratic election on May 7, when voters will cast their ballots in a fiercely fought contest

The Economic Freedom Fighter Party Attend The High Court...PRETORIA, SOUTH AFRICA - MARCH 04:  Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) rally and sing songs outside Pretoria High Court on March 4, 2014 in Pretoria, South Africa. The EFF are saying that the R600,000 deposit required when submitting candidates names for the upcoming national elections are unjust and are seeking an interdict in court against it.  (Photo by Christopher Furlong/Getty Images)

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Supporters of the Economic Freedom Fighters rally and sing songs outside Pretoria High Court 4 in Pretoria, South Africa. The EFF are saying that the R600,000 ($56,000) deposit required when submitting candidates’ names for the upcoming national elections are unjust and are seeking a ruling in court against it. 

South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend, sits with his head in his hand after arriving at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, for the second day of his trial on March 4, 2014. Lawyers for Paralympian Oscar Pistorius will on March 4 resume a searing cross-examination of a key witness at his murder trial who claims to have heard screams, then shots, as his girlfriend was killed. The second day of Pistorius's trial for the Valentine's Day killing of Reeva Steenkamp will begin with lawyer Barry Roux redoubling efforts to pick apart the prosecution's premier witness.

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South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius, accused of murdering his girlfriend, sits with his head in his hand after arriving at the North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria, South Africa, for the second day of his trial 

Accused South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius looks at his watch as the start of his trial is delayed at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa.,

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Accused South African Paralympic athlete Oscar Pistorius looks at his watch as the start of his trial is delayed at the high court in Pretoria, South Africa. He later entered a plea of not guilty.

Protesters dance at a crossroad in Hebron, near Pretoria, on February 7, 2014 during a protest for basic government services. South African police fired stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets on February 6, 2014 to disperse thousands of rioters demanding basic government services in communities near Pretoria and Johannesburg. Security forces were deployed to several flashpoints in Gauteng province as protesters blocked streets and set ablaze police stations and other municipal buildings as well as tyres.

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Protesters dance at a crossroad in Hebron, near Pretoria, on Friday during a protest for basic government services. South African police fired stun grenades, tear gas and rubber bullets on Thursday to disperse thousands of rioters demanding basic government services in communities near Pretoria and Johannesburg.

Miners gather to mourn their colleagues outside a shaft at Harmony Gold's Doornkop mine near Johannesburg February 6, 2014. Rescuers recovered eight bodies and continued to search for another missing worker on Thursday after a fire and rock-fall at a Harmony Gold mine near Johannesburg, the worst accident in South Africa's mines in nearly five years. Mineral Resources Minister Susan Shabangu ordered an investigation into the incident at the Doornkop mine, 30 km west (20 miles) of the city, after initial reports that the fire was triggered by a small earthquake on Tuesday evening. REUTERS/Siphiwe Sibeko (SOUTH AFRICA -

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Miners gather to mourn their colleagues at Harmony Gold’s Doornkop mine near Johannesburg, South Africa. Rescuers recovered eight bodies and continued to search for another missing worker after a fire that began on Tuesday, the worst accident in South Africa’s mines in nearly five years. 

A man carrying a helmet and with his face hooded attends a rally near Lonmin's platinum mine in Marikana on January 23, 2014. Tens of thousands of workers at the world's three top platinum producers were set to down tools today in a pay strike that could have a devastating impact in Africa's largest economy. Up to 80,000 workers at Impala Platinum, Anglo American Platinum and Lonmin mines will embark on an indefinite strike from early Thursday, after their demand to double the minimum monthly wage to $1,150 was rejected.

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Tens of thousands of workers at the world’s three top platinum producers downed tools on Thursday in South Africa in a pay strike that could have a devastating impact on Africa’s largest economy. Here, protesters gather near Lonmin’s platinum mine in Marikana.