After the fall of apartheid, nearly one million white South Africans left their country to move to Britain, Australia or New Zealand. Now the exodus appears to be reversing. Many are returning home, drawn to the quality of life, a growing economy and political stability.
A series of powerful tremors have rattled the earthquake-prone city of Christchurch in New Zealand, destroying a building and sending boulders tumbling down hillsides.
A personal jet pack is set to hit the shelves by the end of this year, with both commercial and government customers already lining up following a successful test flight in New Zealand.
Rescue teams in New Zealand worked late into Wednesday night to search for survivors of the Christchurch earthquake. The number of confirmed dead remained at 75 but is expected to rise as more than 300 people are still missing. The operation was disrupted in some areas by fears that badly damaged buildings could collapse. Engineers have told police there is a significant risk that the city’s tallest building, a 26-storey hotel, could fall down, creating a disastrous domino effect.
Office workers trapped under their collapsed buildings sent messages to the outside as rescuers with dogs scrambled to save them and dozens of others following a powerful earthquake that killed at least 65 in one of New Zealand’s largest cities.
Police say all 29 workers missing in a New Zealand coal mine are dead after a second explosion Wednesday that no one could have survived.