Entries in Johannesburg (7)


Andrew Oberle: Chimp Attack Victim Being Moved to Another Hospital

ABC News(JOHANNESBURG) -- A Texas graduate student who was mauled by chimpanzees will be moved to a Johannesburg hospital on Thursday after doctors told his parents he would get better care there.

Andrew Oberle will be transported from the Nelspruit Medi-clinic to Millpark Hospital in Johannesburg, South Africa.  He was taken by ambulance to Nelspruit Airport Thursday morning, and will be flown to Johannesburg.

Oberle's parents, Mary Flint of St. Louis, Mo., and Andrew Oberle Sr., of Florida, arrived in South Africa on Monday and spent the day meeting with doctors to discuss their son's treatment, officials said.  Oberle is in stable condition but remains sedated and in the intensive care unit.  His parents were said to be 'traumatized' upon seeing their son.

"His parents are, well, they're quite traumatized," Robyn Baard, a spokeswoman for the Mediclinic hospital in Nelspruit said at a news conference on Wednesday.  "They have requested privacy."

Oberle, 26, has undergone two surgeries, including one six-hour procedure to clean out the wounds he sustained last Thursday when he was attacked by two chimpanzees after stepping into a restricted area while leading a tour at the Jane Goodall Institute Chimpanzee Eden near Johannesburg.

The University of Texas at San Antonio anthropology major was pulled under the restricted zone's fence by the chimps and then dragged nearly 100 feet into the public area where the two males continued to maul him.

Early reports were that Oberle's right upper arm was broken in the attack, while his lower right arm muscle and ligaments are torn and exposed to the bone.  It was also reported that Oberle's left arm was mauled and he lost fingers on both hands.

He also reportedly suffered deep lacerations to both legs and lost several toes.

Oberle's family has asked the hospital to not release details on the extent of their son's injuries.  The hospital spokeswoman said that Oberle is in a condition now that the full extent of his injuries cannot even be seen.

"I have absolutely no idea [what he looks like]," Baard told reporters on Wednesday.  "He is bandaged and in intensive care."

The Jane Goodall Institute says that the attack was a "territorial defense" by the chimps provoked by Oberle's entrance into the "no-go zone" and that the center is safe.

"We still maintain that we are a safe facility," Eugene Cussons, the director of the institute, told ABC's Good Morning America on Monday.  "As far as our protocols go to ensure the safety of visitors coming here, it's still the status quo."

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Colorful Nelson Mandela Clothing Line Coming to US

WALTER DHLADHLA/AFP/Getty Images(DALLAS) -- South Africa’s most famous freedom fighter, Nelson Mandela, also had a reputation as a sharp dresser and soon people in the United States will be able to buy clothes inspired by him.

A Dallas-based distributor named company b says the “46664″ clothing line, named after the prison number assigned to Mandela, will be in stores in time for the holiday season.

“This is a global brand that is as relevant in Atlanta as it is in Johannesburg,” said company b CEO Aaron Patton.  “The designers have been able to capture and integrate the best of South African style and global fashion trends.”

Company b recently signed a deal with the Nelson Mandela Foundation to become the exclusive distributor of 46664 Fashion in the United States and Canada.  Ten percent of all sales will go to the foundation which launched the clothing line last year in South Africa.  It features many brightly colored garments with a distinct South African touch, including traditional “shweshwe” patterned shirts. Patton expects it will be especially appealing to shoppers in their twenties and thirties.

“Here in the U.S., there’s a huge interest in color and prints -- an intelligent, preppy, yet progressive style among the millennial generation,” said Patton.

The first proceeds from the sale of 46664 apparel for men, women, and children recently were used to fund libraries in rural South African provinces.  Patton said the majority of the product is sourced and manufactured in South Africa to boost the local industry and provide jobs.

While Company b has not yet signed a deal with any retailers, Patton says there has been lots of interest.  He expects 46664 Fashion will be sold in higher-end department stores and some independent retailers.  Shoppers too eager to wait until the holidays are expected to be able to buy items from the clothing line online this summer, right around Mandela’s 94th birthday on July 18.  In the U.S. collared shirts and denim jeans are expected to go for more than $100.

46664 is the number Mandela wore for 18 years on his uniform at the infamous Robben Island prison near Cape Town.  After 27 years in custody as a political prisoner for fighting against South Africa’s racist apartheid system, Mandela was released in 1990 and was elected the country’s first black president in 1994.  He retired from public life in 2004 at the age of 85.

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Nelson Mandela Hospitalized for Abdominal Pain 

Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(JOHANNESBURG, South Africa) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela was hospitalized Saturday for abdominal pains, according to a statement from current President Jacob Zuma.

BBC News reports that Mandela was in stable condition and was expected to leave the hospital Sunday. The 93-year-old statesman was reported to be in good spirits.

The statement did not confirm which hospital Mandela was being treated.

Zuma's office said in the statement that "love and good wishes of all South Africans and people throughout the world" were with Mandela, and asked that his family be given privacy.

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Minister in the Presidency: Nelson Mandela 'Recovering Well'

Photo Courtesy - Trevor Samson/AFP/Getty Images(PRETORIA, South Africa) -- Former South African President Nelson Mandela is doing well after being discharged from a hospital last week to receive medical care at home, according to Minister in the Presidency, Collins Chabane.

Chabane issued a statement Thursday, saying the 92-year-old Nobel Peace Prize laureate "had the expertise of doctors around him all the time" and was "recovering well."

Mandela was admitted to Milpark Hospital in Johannesburg on Jan. 26 for an acute respiratory infection.  He underwent several specialized medical tests during his stay, before he was discharged on Jan. 28.

A source close to Mandela who visited him in the hospital told ABC News that while Mandela is old and frail, there is no indication that his demise is imminent.  He says Mandela is coherent and aware and can speak.

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South African President Visits Nelson Mandela

Photo Courtesy - Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(JOHANNESBURG) -- South Africa's president paid a visit to Nelson Mandela Tuesday, just four days after the Nobel Peace Prize laureate was discharged from the hospital.

President Jacob Zuma, who returned to the country Monday night after attending meetings at the World Economic Forum and the African Union, went to go see Mandela at his home in Johannesburg.  Mandela has been home since last Friday, when he was released from the hospital to receive medical care at home.

The 92-year-old former South African president was admitted to a hospital in Johannesburg on Jan. 26 after developing a persistent cough while vacationing with his wife.  He underwent several specialized medical tests while he was in the hospital.

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Nelson Mandela Discharged From Hospital

Photo Courtesy - Leon Neal/AFP/Getty Images(JOHANNESBURG) -- Nobel Peace Prize laureate Nelson Mandela was discharged from a Johannesburg hospital Friday after recovering from an acute respiratory infection, South African officials announced.

The 92-year-old former South African president was airlifted to the hospital early Wednesday, after developing a persistent cough while vacationing with his wife.

Doctors said Mandela underwent several specialized medical tests while he was in the hospital.

"Given the history of his health over the last few years and his age, these tests are necessary to provide optimal health care to him," Surgeon General V.J. Ramlakan said at a news conference Friday.

Ramlakan reassured the media there was "no need to panic."

He said the tests are normal for a person of his age and profile and is currently in stable condition and is being monitored closely.

Mandela was released to his family to receive home-based care, officials said at the news conference.

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Nelson Mandela, 92, Hospitalized in South Africa

Photo Courtesy - TREVOR SAMSON/AFP/Getty Images(JOHANNESBURG) -- Nelson Mandela, the former South African president, is undergoing tests at a Johannesburg hospital for a second straight day. The 92-year-old Mandela, who led the charge against aparthied is resting comfortably according to his doctors.

Mandela, who became South Africa's first black president in 1994, was jailed for 27 years for his fight against apartheid.

The last time he has been seen by a majority of the public was in July of 2010, at the closing ceremony of the World Cup in Johannesburg.

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