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Mandela's eldest grandchild ditches his ANC party

Johanesburg - Nelson Mandela's eldest grandchild has publicly ditched the ruling African National Congress party over its damaging and seemingly endless scandals.

South Africa's 'chicken feather' painter brushes off fame

Siyabuswa - Esther Mahlangu's colourful geometric artwork is exhibited in galleries around the world, but she remains in her South African village unfazed by fame and determined to preserve her ethnic Ndebele culture.

South Africa advances plans to make sale of rhino horns legal

South Africa's government is advancing draft legislation that would allow the domestic trade and limited export of rhino horns, alarming conservationists around the world.

S.Africa revokes decision to leave ICC: UN

Johanesburg - South Africa has formally revoked its controversial decision to leave the International Criminal Court following last month's High Court ruling that such a move would be unconstitutional.

S.African police fire rubber bullets at anti-immigrant march

Pretoria - South African police fired rubber bullets, tear gas and stun grenades to break up violent clashes between local protesters and migrants in Pretoria on Friday at an anti-immigration march.

Crowds gather for S.Africa anti-immigration march

Pretoria - At least 300 people gathered for an anti-immigration march in the South African capital Pretoria on Friday, as President Jacob Zuma condemned xenophobic violence that has targeted shops and homes.

On a South African farm, despair over armyworm attack

Onderstepoort - Peeling back the maize plant's leaves reveals a small brown caterpillar -- an armyworm that writhes as it burrows into the heart of the crop, producing a sticky dark paste.

Fistfight in S.African parliament as guards eject MPs

Cape Town - A brawl broke out in South Africa's parliament Thursday as guards exchanged punches with opposition lawmakers who shouted down President Jacob Zuma as he tried to deliver his state of the nation address.

S.African troops deployed for state of nation address

Cape Town - South African President Jacob Zuma prepared to deliver his annual state of the nation address on Thursday after deploying more than 440 soldiers to prevent a repeat of violent clashes outside parliament.

Africa mining sector meets amid commodity price comeback

Cape Town - Investors and mining firms gather Monday at Africa's biggest industry conference amid a newfound optimism that the uptick in commodity prices could shore up investment after years of downturn.

S. Africa and EU spar over alleged chicken meat 'dumping'

Pretoria - South Africa's poultry industry says it is on the brink of collapse due to hotly-denied accusations that the European Union is dumping cheap chicken in the country in a dispute over free trade.

Pistorius prosecutor 'the bulldog' resigns

Johanesburg - South African prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who came to worldwide attention for securing the murder conviction of Oscar Pistorius, has resigned to join a lobby group.

Pistorius prosecutor 'the bulldog' resigns

Johanesburg - South African prosecutor Gerrie Nel, who came to worldwide attention for securing the murder conviction of Olympic sprinter Oscar Pistorius, has resigned, the country's prosecuting authority said on Tuesday.

Rhinos return to same location to poop, and for good reason

White rhinos return to the same communal spot to poo, according to a new study. This allows the animals to pick up information about each other from the dung. The area acts as a type of 'social network.'

South African president says ANC ready for female leader

Johanesburg - South African President Jacob Zuma has said the ruling ANC party is ready for its first female leader, days after his former wife was named by the party's influential women's league as its choice to succeed him.

Exhumed bodies reveal S.Africa's deep apartheid wounds

Pretoria - After 52 years, Mncedisi Tyopo finally stood beside his father's grave, looking down at remains being exhumed as part of South Africa's attempts to come to terms with its painful past.

S. Africa's Zuma pushes to overturn graft probe

Johanesburg - South African President Jacob Zuma has launched a court challenge to a watchdog probe that raised allegations of misconduct against him, an affidavit showed Sunday, as he fights to hold on to power.

S. Africa's President Zuma survives attempted ousting

Johanesburg - South African President Jacob Zuma survived an attempt to oust him from office after a "robust" and "difficult" debate within the ruling ANC party, an official said Tuesday.

Three S.African ministers call for Zuma to resign: report

Johanesburg - At least three South African ministers have called for President Jacob Zuma to resign, local media reported Monday, in the most serious challenge to his leadership since he took power in 2009.

Kids' hospital fulfils Mandela dream 3 years after death

Johanesburg - Brightly-painted wards and colourful furnishings are matched by state-of-the-art equipment and pioneering operating theatres at a new children's hospital in Johannesburg honouring Nelson Mandela.
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