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Features by Gretchen Wilson

Soweto workers get a sweet ride

For many residents of Soweto on the outskirts of Johannesburg, the work place is in the city. And thanks to the Soweto Business Express, the commute is plush with middle-class comforts new to local train culture. Gretchen Wilson has the story.
Posted In: Travel

Private water flash point

Using new water meters, South Africa's found a way to put conservation and commerce on the same page. But Gretchen Wilson reports human costs don't appear on the bill, and the disparity of who gets water -- and how much -- has the potential to be a flash point.

'We don't feel free at all'

South Africa's economy is growing at almost 5% a year, with prosperity visible in major cities. But 13 years after the nation's first democratic elections, the boom hasn't trickled down to the poorest communities. And angry residents are speaking out. Gretchen Wilson reports.

Kicking off South Africa's economy

Today marks the 1,000-day countdown to the next World Cup in South Africa. With millions of fans making the event a probable boon for the country, it's been celebrating by spending billions to prepare. Gretchen Wilson has more.
Posted In: Sports

Inflation guts Zimbabwe's economy

Zimbabwe suffers from an inflation rate the government pegs at 7,000 percent. But it's maybe two or three times that in actual practice. Reporter Gretchen Wilson helps us understand what that really means.

Seeking bright ideas for Africa

The World Bank is offering grants to those who can come up with low-cost alternative light sources for Africa, which spends billions of dollars a year on unsafe non-electrical lighting. Gretchen Wilson has more.

Gold workers hit pay dirt (sort of)

The price of gold has more than doubled in recent years, but that hasn't translated to double the profits for producers and certainly not double the salary for workers. But they are getting 8 to 10 percent raises. Gretchen Wilson reports.
Posted In: Canada

Oil price balancing act

Oil-consuming countries want OPEC to put more oil on the market to drive down prices. OPEC really has no interest in that and is quick to point out that refinery constraints in places like the U.S. are the real stopgap. Gretchen Wilson fills us in.
Posted In: Canada

A record diamond isn't forever

Reports are coming in from South Africa that miners yesterday unearthed a light green diamond more than double the size of what was the world's biggest. If it's assessed to be a similar quality gem, the bidding will be fast and furious, Gretchen Wilson reports.

'Oh, so I was in an abusive relationship'

A South African group has added a twist to its mircofinancing practice by providing additional training to its entrepreneurs — which is allowing some women to say "no" to their husbands for the first time. Gretchen Wilson reports.
Posted In: Canada

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