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ANC suffers major poll defeat in S. African capital

Johanesburg - South Africa's ruling African National Congress suffered a historic defeat in the country's capital, where it lost to the opposition Democratic Alliance in local polls, the electoral commission said Saturday.

Hope turns to resignation as Mandela is put on life-support

Pretoria - Nelson Mandela is on a life-support system following deterioration of his health at a hospital in Pretoria, according to the South African government.

Gold-medal winning champ lives in a South African squatter camp

Pretoria - Irene van Niekerk is a 15-year-old runner who lives in a squatter camp near Pretoria, South Africa. She has won, in total, 27 gold medals, but owns no shoes.

Pretoria nursery school teacher fined for 19 kids in tiny car

Pretoria - A nursery school teacher in Pretoria, South Africa was stopped and fined by police, for cramming 19 preschool children into a small hatch-back car.

Video: Hillary Clinton dances, grinds during South Africa visit

Johannesburg - The latest video to careen across the Web is some footage of U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton getting jiggy with it at a dinner hosted by South African Foreign Minister Maite Nkoana-Mashabane in Johannesburg.

First Air Force Flying Day in Pretoria Special

Pretoria - The South African Air Force (SAAF) Museum, a reserve unit of the Air Force, has held its first monthly Flying Day at Swartkop Airfield in Pretoria.

Southern African states tackle joint anti-piracy strategy Special

Pretoria - Southern African Development Community (SADC) Chiefs of Defence and Intelligence are holding a ground-breaking meeting in Pretoria to thrash out a comprehensive regional maritime strategy against piracy.

Pretoria hopes improvements will last after World Cup fans leave Special

Pretoria - Pretoria’s local government, known as the City of Tshwane Metropolitan Municipality, hopes improvements to the city made for the 2010 World Cup will continue long after the fans have gone.

How South Africa, and the world, lost the war on drugs Special

A former South African narcotics unit detective has given a blow-by-blow description of how the economic powerhouse of Africa has lost its war on drugs. Since 1994, the country has been turned into a home-base for hundreds of international crime cartels.

Radiation emergency at nuclear reactor near Pretoria

A leak of radiation gases occurred at the Pelindaba nuclear reactors near Pretoria at 10am on Monday, the SA Nuclear Energy Corporation (Necsa) said. "Abnormal levels of gamma radiation associated with xenon and krypton gases were detected."

White mineworker torched to death in South Africa

A white Afrikaner mineworker was dragged from his bed by two black men, tied to the car in his garage, and torched. Neighbours found Willie Klopper, 51, burning brightly on the road: he got lose from his bonds and fled, screaming 'come and help me'.

Robber tries to bite off elderly victim's ring-finger

65-year-old South African multiple sclerosis sufferer Sheila Huart was viciously assaulted by two armed robbers, one had even tried to bite off her ring-finger as she couldn't remove her wedding ring fast enough. Her face and teeth were beaten to a pulp.

Battle erupts after lightning strike causes power outage

There is growing anger among poor black communities in South Africa against the ruling ANC-government. A five-hour battle erupted on Christmas Day in downtown Pretoria after the electricity fell out in the low-income Schubart Park tower blocks..

It is warfare out there say besieged Afrikaners of Pretoria

Four armed robbers used 8-year-old Afrikaans farm boy , Juandré Reyneke, as a shield yesterday to lure a game farm owner from his homestead and shoot him down.
 

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Students at the mass demonstration.
Students at the mass demonstration.
The iconic Union Buildings in Pretoria.
The iconic Union Buildings in Pretoria.
Photo by Susan Pruijsen
Lawley Street welcomes visitors with  fairy light  displays.
Lawley Street welcomes visitors with "fairy light" displays.
These folk obviously approved of the racket! They certainly had the groove.
These folk obviously approved of the racket! They certainly had the groove.
The South Korean stand was selling tradition Korean garb  a hit with these visitors.
The South Korean stand was selling tradition Korean garb, a hit with these visitors.
South African President Jacob Zuma wipes his tears during a send-off ceremony for late former South ...
South African President Jacob Zuma wipes his tears during a send-off ceremony for late former South African President Nelson Mandela at Waterkloof Air Force base in Pretoria December 14, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Yves Herman
Students calling for a radical change.
Students calling for a radical change.
This photo shows not only are the lights pretty  but the houses are mansions!
This photo shows not only are the lights pretty, but the houses are mansions!
Police presence is strong.
Police presence is strong.
Banners proclaim Pretoria  one of the host cities of the World Cup  as the City of Champions
Banners proclaim Pretoria, one of the host cities of the World Cup, as the City of Champions
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Nelson Mandela on a building in Central Pretoria.
Nelson Mandela on a building in Central Pretoria.
Relaxed students at the demo.
Relaxed students at the demo.
The world s largest correspondence University of South Africa  UNISA.
The world's largest correspondence University of South Africa, UNISA.
15-year-old Irene is a gold medal winning runner who lives in a squatter camp near Pretoria  South A...
15-year-old Irene is a gold medal winning runner who lives in a squatter camp near Pretoria, South Africa.
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Irene van Niekerk  a multiple gold-medal winning runner who lives in a squatter camp in South Africa...
Irene van Niekerk, a multiple gold-medal winning runner who lives in a squatter camp in South Africa.
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The Air Force Memorial on Bays Hill  Pretoria.
The Air Force Memorial on Bays Hill, Pretoria.
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Three SAAF warplanes partly screened by a tree branch fly over Pretoria to enforce the no-fly zone o...
Three SAAF warplanes partly screened by a tree branch fly over Pretoria to enforce the no-fly zone over soccer stadia.
Night view of the Union Buildings. Photo by Susan Pruijsen.
Night view of the Union Buildings. Photo by Susan Pruijsen.
Photo by Susan Pruijsen
People wave South African national flags as the cortege carrying the coffin of former South African ...
People wave South African national flags as the cortege carrying the coffin of former South African President Nelson Mandela passes through the city centre of Pretoria, December 11, 2013
With permission by Reuters / Ronen Zvulun

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