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    South Africa: Expensive brothel fees drive sex workers into scary forests.

    Poor sex workers, driven by hunger from neighbor Zimbabwe or Mozambique, say they are being jolted out of pricey suites and forced to operate in scary forests to earn money.

    CARTER MAVHIZA | 2017-05-18 12:57:27
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    1 year underground: South Africa "Millionaires Mine" kills, enriches daring diggers.

    Daring illegal miners swing 20 kilometer down a vertical tunnel – hugging a steel rope, to the core of this mine. Only two-thirds arrive alive. Survivors tell of ghastly sights of blood-laced human hair, drying on the tunnel´s spikes. After 12 months under the grim earth – many climb out with millions and astonishing riches.

    RAY MWAREYA | 2017-05-26 10:17:40
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    South Africa: Brothels “society banks” enrich migrant sex workers

    Cut off by formal banks, immigrant sex workers from Zimbabwe triple their brothel earnings in South Africa by surrendering their cash into "trust clubs." Violent robberies means it is lifesaving to make sure money earned inside brothels is not carried around randomly.

    CARTER MAVHIZA | 2017-06-01 06:23:15
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    Brave entreprenuer woman grabs Zimbabwe´s soap making industry

    “That a jobless woman could manufacture soap in a township bedroom… it was a trial and error belief,” she laughs. “My first product was a horrible failure. The soap came out appearing like a messy porridge. But I persevered.”

    WALTER MURAISI | 2017-07-18 07:58:51
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    Zambia: brave fisherwomen suffer from sex-for-fish stereotypes.

    Most Zambia women who engage in the fish trade are accused of being in the business to exchange sex for fish profits. “It´s disgusting what society thinks of us.”

    ZANJI SINKALA | 2017-09-20 12:48:42
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    Zimbabwe: Hungry women pitch camp at coal mine doors over husbands’ wages.

    Since 2013, the Hwange Colliery Company Limited, Zimbabwe’s biggest coal miner, has not bothered to pay wages to its 3400 workers, thus forcing 200 workers to share one toilet .

    WTR EDITORS | 2018-03-15 18:48:53

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