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At least five people have died in a wave of violence against foreigners in Durban, South Africa, while thousands more were driven out of their homes in the coastal city. Hundreds of miles away, in the commercial hub of Johannesburg, immigrant shopkeepers fearing copycat attacks have closed their businesses.
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Immigrant shopkeepers on high alert are reportedly closing their stores.
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Foreign nationals have complained that the South African police are failing to protect them, raising the prospect of a row between Pretoria and its neighbors, as well as stirring hostility to South Africans working abroad.
South Africa sought diplomatic support from countries across the continent on Friday to defeat the "demon" of anti-immigrant violence in which at least four people have been killed over the past fortnight.
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Foreign-owned shops in South Africa have been attacked and looted in east Johannesburg, the latest in a series of xenophobic attacks.
A standoff developed in the city, with police forming a barrier between an angry crowd and foreign-owned shops.
The violence comes despite a rally against xenophobia in the coastal city of Durban, and condemnation from President Jacob Zuma.
Foreign-owned shops in South Africa are attacked and looted overnight in Johannesburg, despite thousands rallying against xenophobia on Thursday.
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Africa reacts - The upsurge in xenophobic violence in South Africa that started in the port city of Durban a few weeks ago has angered African countries, many of whose citizens have been targeted.
Foreign-owned shops have also been attacked and looted in Johannesburg, which experienced the worst of similar violence in 2008.
African nations feel particularly affronted by the attacks, given the support the continent gave to South Africa during its long fight against white-minority rule. Here are some reactions:
How are African countries reacting to the upsurge in xenophobic violence in South Africa?
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"Today's stage was quite a test," said De Villiers after descending the monster dune behind the bivouac at Iquique. "We started at altitudes over 4,500 m on the Salar de Uyuni...."
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"Today's stage was quite a test," said De Villiers after descending the monster dune behind the bivouac at Iquique. "We started at altitudes over 4,500 m… - Dakar Rally Raid - Endurance Rally Racing - Google+
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Giniel de Villiers did do good again in his Imperial Toyota at #Dakar2015 finishing second at the longest stage of the rally. Keep in mind: this is day 2 of 2 weeks (with one rest day) Gas on Giniel!
Video is from yesterdays first stage.

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Both Toyota Imperial South African Dakar crews sighed in relief after Stage 1 of the 2015 Dakar Rally.  De Villiers said at the first bivouac of the race on Sunday night: "We had a fairly good, clean run today. The Hilux ran perfectly and we didn't take any risks so early."
Today’s (Jan 5) Stage 2, the longest special stage of the event: 518km of varied terrain after a 26km liaison. It will start just outside Villa Carlos Paz and features hard-packed dirt and rock tracks at the start, with long dusty sections in the middle.

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Is it “Afrophobia” or xenophobia? At the heart of South Africa’s complex problem with xenophobia is the loaded meaning of the term “foreigner.” Pejoratively, the term “foreigner” in South Africa usually refers to African and Asian non-nationals.
Many South Africans look at the attacks on enterprising African immigrants from Somalia, Democratic Republic of Congo, Mozambique, Nigeria and Malawi as afrophobic
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"We want this message to go for the entire human race. To know that the black people from foreign Africa are being burned alive," Abdurahman Hakizimana, a Burundian living in Durban, said as heavily armed police in riot gear stood nearby.
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Racist violence erupts. Shops set ablaze, looted as xenophobic attacks spread in South Africa. Violence targeting immigrant shops started recently in the port city of Durban, where two foreigners and three South Africans were killed. Residents have accused African immigrants of taking their jobs and committing crimes.
South African police fire rubber bullets to disperse crowds setting ablaze immigrant businesses as attacks on foreigners spread to Johannesburg.
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#Dakar2015 Toyota Imperial team Principal Glyn Hall takes us through the "rest" day on the Dakar 2015 - which by the way is history and the next stage is coming up.....

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South Africa build Ford Ranger (designed and built by Neil Woolridge Motorsport in Pietermaritzburg) with Argentina sponsor and driver.
Not so good start into the rally. Suffered a broken rear propshaft near the start of the first 170km selective section of the 2015 Dakar Rally between Buenos Aires and Villa Carlos Paz and lost over 80 minutes completing the special in just two-wheel drive on Sunday afternoon

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South African Giniel de Villiers had a fairly good first stage of the #Dakar2015 finishing 3rd after ealy leader got penalty for speeding
 
Dakar 2015 off to a flying start. Toyota Imperial South Africa Dakar Team's Giniel de Villiers / Dirk von Zitzewitz (303) posted the 4th fastest time on the opening stage.
Giniel de Villiers / Dirk von Zitzewitz (303) posted the 4th fastest time on the opening stage
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