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'Hundreds' of elephants being poached each year in Botswana: report

Johanesburg - A leading conservation group has warned of surging elephant poaching in parts of Botswana and estimated nearly 400 were killed across the country in 2017 and 2018, according to a report published Thursday, adding to conservation concerns.

14 lions on the loose in S.Africa, with nowhere to go

Johanesburg - A pride of 14 lions is on the loose near a mining community bordering South Africa's Kruger National Park, officials said Friday, and warned members of the public to be alert.

14 lions on the loose in South Africa

Johanesburg - A pride of 14 lions is on the loose near a mining community bordering South Africa's Kruger National Park, officials said Friday, and warned members of the public to be alert.

Leopard kills toddler in S.Africa's Kruger park

Johanesburg - A leopard killed a two-year-old boy inside a fenced-off staff compound at South Africa's Kruger national park, officials said Thursday."The toddler was only 30-months-old," the park said in a statement.

S.Africa economy contracts 3.2 percent in first quarter

Johanesburg - South Africa's economy dramatically shrunk in the first quarter of 2019, the country's statistics authority said Tuesday, piling pressure on President Cyril Ramaphosa's newly elected administration.

South Africa slashes cabinet size, appoints 50% women

Johanesburg - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday cut the number of cabinet ministers from 36 to 28, in a move he said would tackle the country's "bloated" government and improve efficiency.

S.Africa slashes cabinet size, appoints 50% women

Johanesburg - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Wednesday cut the number of cabinet ministers from 36 to 28, in a move he said would tackle the country's "bloated" government and improve efficiency.

Ramaphosa sworn-in as president of South Africa vowing 'new era'

Pretoria - Cyril Ramaphosa vowed a "new era" Saturday after he was sworn in as president of South Africa at a colourful ceremony in the capital, as he looks to revitalise his push to revive the economy and fight corruption.

S.African parliament re-elects Ramaphosa as president

Cape Town - South African lawmakers on Wednesday re-elected Cyril Ramaphosa as the nation's president, two weeks after the ruling ANC party returned to power in legislative elections.

S.Africa's parliament set to elect Ramaphosa president

Cape Town - South African lawmakers were set to re-elect Cyril Ramaphosa as the nation's president on Wednesday, two weeks after the ANC returned to power in legislative elections.

S.Africa sends home Mozambique ex-finance minister

Johanesburg - South Africa said Tuesday it would send home former Mozambique finance minister Manuel Chang, who has been held since December on a US arrest warrant, to face corruption charges.

Zuma's lawyers push for S.Africa graft trial to be dropped

Pietermaritzburg - Lawyers for former South African president Jacob Zuma argued in court Monday that he could not expect a fair trial, as they fought to have corruption charges against him over a multi-million-dollar arms deal dropped.

S. African president vows to speed reforms after election win

Johanesburg - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa pledged Wednesday to use his victory in last week's election to impose faster reforms to boost the economy and turn around Eskom, the state's ailing power company.

Victory in sight for ANC in closely-watched South Africa poll

Pretoria - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa's ruling ANC was in touching distance of election victory Friday but with diminished support, complicating efforts to revive the country's flagging economy and fight corruption, results showed.

ANC takes strong early lead in closely-watched South Africa poll

Pretoria - South Africa's ANC surged into the lead in early official results Thursday with 55 percent of the vote in the first electoral test of President Cyril Ramaphosa's bid to revive the ruling party's flagging image.

Polls close after South Africa elections likely to return ANC

Pretoria - Polls closed in South Africa on Wednesday after nationwide elections almost certain to keep the ruling ANC in power despite anger over corruption scandals, sluggish growth, and record unemployment.

Three party leaders battle it out in S.Africa election

Johanesburg - South Africa goes to the polls Wednesday with the leaders of the three main parties vying for votes in a race that could test the ruling ANC's long-held dominance.

South Africans head to polls tipped to be won by ANC

Johanesburg - South Africans go to the polls on Wednesday in national elections which the ruling ANC party, in power since 1994, is the favourite to win despite corruption scandals and sluggish economic growth and record unemployment.

S.African president says ANC poll victory 'certain'

Johanesburg - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said victory was "certain" for his ruling ANC party in Wednesday's general elections despite corruption, high unemployment and widening inequalities marring its 25 years in power.

In new S. Africa, some in 'Coloured' community nostalgic for apartheid

Kempton Park - "It is all about the blacks. The 'Rainbow Nation' is a big lie!" complained Dalene Raiters, a South African mother from the "Coloured" community. "We are not black enough," added her sister who has also been unemployed for years.
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