Joe Contreras

The Killing Fields

The elephants are running. Months of blazing heat have dried up the seasonal ponds scattered throughout Chobe National Park in northern Botswana. Desperate for water, the beasts rush headlong toward the Chobe River, which straddles the border with Namibia.

The Color Of Money

For months President F. W. de Klerk has basked in the glow of his "new" South Africa, soaking up applause as he flew from one foreign capital to another to proclaim the death of apartheid.

Is It Time To Lift Sanctions?

Is apartheid really crumbling? The last legal pillar fell last week. Before the South African Parliament adjourned for the year it repealed the Population Registration Act, which requires all South African newborns to be classified by race.

'Like A Dam Wall Bursting'

Black Africa's efforts to isolate South Africa never amounted to much more than rhetoric. The supposed pariah remained a commercial hub; while Nelson Mandela languished in prison, trains from Cape Town brought everything from combs to chemicals into neighboring Zimbabwe, one of apartheid's harshest critics.

Outposts Of Apartheid

South African towns fight integration South Africa officially desegregated its public facilities three months ago. But you would never know it in Bethal, an all-white farm town 95 miles southeast of Johannesburg.