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S. Africa sells its AstraZeneca vaccine doses to AU

Johanesburg - South Africa has sold a million doses of the AstraZeneca coronavirus vaccine for distribution in 14 fellow African nations, the health minister announced Sunday.

S.Africa's Ramaphosa leads tributes to 'fallen' Zulu king

Nongoma - South African politicians, traditional leaders and celebrities gathered Thursday to bid farewell to Zulu king Goodwill Zwelithini, with tributes led by President Cyril Ramaphosa, who declared "a huge tree has fallen.

South Africa's Zulu King Goodwill Zwelithini dies aged 72

Johanesburg - Goodwill Zwelithini, the controversial but revered king of the Zulus, South Africa's largest ethnic group, died Friday aged 72 after weeks in hospital for a diabetes-related illness, the royal palace announced.

South Africa medics celebrate after sharp drop in Covid cases

Tembisa - After a year battling coronavirus, exhausted health workers in South Africa are celebrating a drop in cases but dread another wave of infections -- a scenario that could strike just months from now.

Mozambique forces, jihadists committing 'war crimes': Amnesty

Johanesburg - Jihadists, government forces and a "private militia" backing the authorities have indiscriminantly killed hundreds of civilians in troubled northeastern Mozambique, Amnesty International said in a report Tuesday.

South Africa lays out budget as economy reels from pandemic

Johanesburg - South Africa will unveil government spending plans for the 2021 financial year on Wednesday, as the continent's most industrialised economy grapples with recovering from the coronavirus and a pre-pandemic recession.

S.Africa's Zuma arms deal corruption case to heard in May

Pietermaritzburg - South Africa's scandal-tainted former president Jacob Zuma and French arms dealer Thales, accused of graft in a case going back more than two decades, will go on trial in May, the High Court ruled Tuesday.

S.Africa arrests suspected trader in prehistoric art

Port Shepstone - South African police said Monday they had arrested a suspect for attempting to sell rock art that may have been ripped from the wall of a cave.

African Covid deaths top 100,000

Johanesburg - Africa on Thursday recorded more than 100,000 deaths from Covid-19, a grim milestone likely to understate the real toll, as the continent of 1.2 billion people battles a second wave of infections.

From pandemic to politics, tough road ahead for South African president

Johanesburg - South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa delivers his annual address to the nation on Thursday while appearing increasingly fragile politically, hit by massive health and economic crises as well as a divided ruling party.

S.Africa goes for Johnson & Johnson vaccine: minister

Johanesburg - South Africa will begin its coronavirus inoculation campaign with Johnson & Johnson vaccines, the health minister said on Wednesday, after withholding the Oxford/AstraZeneca formula over doubts about effectiveness.

'There was no trust': Apartheid ghosts stalk S.Africa's vaccine fears

Johanesburg - At the very mention of the word "vaccine", 82-year-old Josefine Hlomuka vehemently shook her head, her face clouding with worry as she gazed at the storm bearing down on her home in the Johannesburg township of Soweto.

Zuma vows never to appear before S.Africa's anti-graft panel

Johanesburg - South Africa's beleaguered ex-president Jacob Zuma vowed Monday to not appear before a judicial panel probing corruption during his nine-year tenure, defying a court order compelling him to testify.

SAfrica virus strain more contagious, experts confirm

Johanesburg - A new variant of the coronavirus first identified in South Africa is more contagious than earlier versions, experts said on Monday, but there is no evidence that it is more deadly.

South African breweries adapt to survive alcohol ban

Johanesburg - "This place is definitely not what it used to be," said Eben Uys, gently wiping the dust from the counter of his bar.

S.Africa police arrest thousands for not wearing masks

Johanesburg - South African police have arrested more than 7,000 people caught without face masks in public since the end of December, the government said on Wednesday.

High cost to wildlife from shark nets protecting S.Africa beaches

- "They're basically curtains of death," said shark diver Walter Bernardis as he reached over the side of his zodiac inflatable boat to pull up a net bobbing in eastern South Africa's subtropical waters.

South Africa imposes new virus curbs as WHO warns of worse pandemics

Johanesburg - South Africa banned alcohol sales and made masks mandatory in public from Tuesday after a surge in coronavirus cases, as the World Health Organization warned that pandemics far more deadly than Covid-19 may lie ahead.

Eswatini PM dies in S. African hospital after contracting Covid-19

Johanesburg - The prime minister of Eswatini, Africa's last absolute monarchy, died in a South African hospital on Sunday after contracting coronavirus, the government said in a statement.

South Africa fears virus comeback as cluster outbreaks flare

Johanesburg - Localised coronavirus outbreaks in parts of South Africa have raised fears that the country could see a resurgence in cases compounded by gatherings during the upcoming festive season.
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