Zaheer Cassim

Zaheer Cassim

Johannesburg, South Africa

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Zaheer Cassim

Zaheer Cassim is a journalist based in Johannesburg, South Africa.


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Chinese demand of donkey hide leading to the extinction of donkeys in Africa.


Done for VOA. Donkey poaching is on the rise in Africa -- especially in South Africa, where poor South Africans say they've been forced to sell their precious donkeys at a loss or face having them stolen by poachers who are keen to satisfy growing demand for donkey parts from the Chinese market. Animal rights activists say the situation has escalated to the point where South African donkeys could be wiped out in two years. VOA’s Anita Powell reports from South Africa.


Published in the N.Y. Times. Onthatile Mokoena, 20, was born in South Africa with opportunities and freedoms that her parents were not afforded. She joined thousands at the Mandela memorial to give thanks and pay respects.



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    Johannesburg, South Africa Technology April 30 @ 12:00am

    What if filling a prescription was as easy as withdrawing money from an ATM? A South African company has set out to do just that. The Pharmacy Dispensing Unit can dispense chronic medications within minutes. In a continent burdened with overcrowding in hospitals and government facilities, this new... Read more

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