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Two rhinos die in Chad after being relocated from S.Africa

Johanesburg - Two of six critically endangered black rhinos have died of unknown causes five months after being flown from South Africa to Chad in a pioneering project to re-introduce the animals, officials said Sunday.

S.Africa divers risk all to poach marine delicacies for China diners

Cape Town - One Saturday night in August, Deurick van Blerk, 26, climbed into his small boat off the coast of Cape Town on another of his illegal fishing expeditions. He never returned.

S.African court finds white farmers guilty of murdering black teen

Johanesburg - A South African court on Wednesday convicted two white farmers of murdering a 16-year-old black boy suspected of stealing sunflowers in a remote northwestern farming community.

S. African newspaper apologises for 'tainted' scoops

Johanesburg - One of South Africa's leading newspapers admitted Sunday it had run "tainted" scoops during the presidency of Jacob Zuma which turned out to be largely false, but insisted it had been the victim of political manipulation.

S.Africa's apartheid-era foreign minister Pik Botha dies aged 86

Johanesburg - Former South African foreign minister Roelof "Pik" Botha, whose long career in government straddled both the apartheid era and the presidency of Nelson Mandela, has died aged 86, local media reported Friday.

South Africa finance minister resigns over graft testimony

Cape Town - South African Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene resigned Tuesday over undisclosed meetings with a business family at the heart of a corruption scandal, dealing a blow to President Cyril Ramaphosa.

In a first, HIV-positive mother donates liver to save her child's life

Johanesburg - Faced with the only chance to save a child's life, doctors in South Africa have performed a medical first -- transplanting part of the liver from a HIV-positive mother into her HIV-negative child, it was announced Thursday.

S.African lion cubs conceived artificially in world first

Brits - Watching the two little lion cubs boisterously play with each other at a conservation centre outside of South Africa's capital Pretoria, it's hard to see anything out of the ordinary. But these cubs are unique.

Mbeki slams ANC over S.Africa land redistribution plan

Johanesburg - Former South African president Thabo Mbeki on Tuesday accused the ruling ANC of abandoning its multiracial principles and becoming a "black party" due to its new land redistribution policy.

South African villagers tap into trend for 'superfood' baobab

Mutale - From before dawn, 54-year-old grandmother Annah Muvhali weaves between baobab trees that loom over her rural South African home, collecting fruit that enthusiasts worldwide hail as a "superfood".

S.Africa's opposition launches campaign ahead of next year vote

Johanesburg - South Africa's largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) on Saturday launched its campaign ahead of highly contested elections due next year.

S.Africa unveils raft of reforms to revive moribund economy

Pretoria - President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday unveiled a raft of measures as part of an economic stimulus plan to boost investor confidence after South Africa entered a recession in the second quarter of this year.

Hotspots, not trouble spots: Africa seeks tourism boom

Cape Town - Africa draws just five percent of the world's tourists despite boasting attractions ranging from the Pyramids and Victoria Falls to wildlife safaris and endless strips of pristine beach.

Airbnb hits back at Paris ban threat

Cape Town - Rent-a-room giant Airbnb on Wednesday accused the Paris official seeking to ban the service in the city of electioneering and insisted it enjoys widespread support in the French capital.

Firebrand Malema fights for land revolution in S. Africa

Johanesburg - The leader of South Africa's radical opposition EFF party has vowed that his supporters will increasingly seize unoccupied land to put pressure on the government to redistribute land to black people.

S.Africa 'close to war zone' with 57 murders a day: minister

Cape Town - South Africa's murder rate rose again last year, official statistics showed Tuesday, with over 20,000 killed across the country -- about 57 a day -- as police admitted they were struggling to keep control.

May vows post-Brexit UK will be leading investor in Africa

Cape Town - British Prime Minister Theresa May on Tuesday pledged to prioritise investment in Africa as she started a visit to the continent to seek new trade deals during preparations to leave the European Union.

May kicks off first Africa tour as British PM

Cape Town - British Prime Minister Theresa May touched down in Cape Town Tuesday as she kicked off a tour of the African continent where she hopes to lay the foundations for post-Brexit trade deals.

S.African farmers 'furious' over Trump land reform tweet

Bela-bela - South African farmers have demanded Donald Trump "leave us the hell alone" after the US president criticised the country's land reform plans, accusing him of trying to deflect attention from his own scandals.

S.Africa lashes Trump over land 'seizures' tweet

Johanesburg - South Africa accused US President Donald Trump of fuelling racial tensions on Thursday after he said farmers were being forced off their land and many of them killed.
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