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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.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.

Legalised pot: a rarity around the world

Montr - Canada is about to legalise recreational use of marijuana, which will make it the second nation in the world to do so after Uruguay more than five years ago.

UN agrees global plan to battle TB ahead of first-ever summit

New York - UN member-states on Friday agreed on a global plan to step up the fight against tuberculosis, the world's number one killer among infectious diseases, settling a row with the United States over access to cheap drugs.

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.

Mayin' Alive! British PM's dance moves dubbed the 'Maybot'

London - British Prime Minister Theresa May's somewhat stiff dance moves won mixed reviews on Wednesday as she became an unlikely social media star with her "Maybot" manoeuvres.

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.

Dutch jihadist suspect 'involved' in S.Africa kidnap: reports

Den Haag - A suspected Dutch jihadist is believed to have been involved in the deadly kidnapping of a British couple in South Africa and of contacting a top Islamic State group official, Dutch media reported Monday.

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.

UN summit on TB seeks to put spotlight on killer disease

New York - It's the world's number one killer among infectious diseases, but tuberculosis has been eclipsed by HIV/AIDS as a focus of global attention and donor funding.

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.

S.Africa hits back at Trump over land 'seizure' tweet

Johanesburg - South Africa accused United States President Donald Trump of sowing division Thursday after he tweeted that the State Department would probe "land and farm seizures... and the large scale killing of farmers".

S.African man using racial slur sparks backlash

Johanesburg - A South African man who used a racial slur in a holiday video he posted online faced a backlash from across the political spectrum on Wednesday.

South Africa inquiry into top-level state graft opens

Johanesburg - A judicial inquiry into alleged corruption at the top of government in South Africa is scheduled to open on Monday when the first public hearings begin.

S. Africa land reform debate hots up as showdown looms

Vereeniging - "We live like sardines while white farmers live on hectares of land. Bring back our land!" declared Nthabiseng Tshivhenga, a black civil servant.

Grace Mugabe immunity unconstitutional: S.Africa court

Johanesburg - A South African court ruled Monday that former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe did not have diplomatic immunity when she allegedly beat a young woman with an electrical cord.

On a train home, Zimbabweans wonder if election could surprise

Musina - On the slow overnight train from Johannesburg to the Zimbabwe border, the talk is all about whether the country's election on Monday could spring a surprise and topple the ZANU-PF government.

Zuma corruption case postponed until end November

Johanesburg - South Africa’s former president Jacob Zuma appeared in court Friday over a $2.5-billion (2.15-billion-euro) corruption case linked to a 1990s arms deal, but the judge adjourned the case until the end of November.

BRICS nations pledge unity against US trade war threat

Johanesburg - Five of the biggest emerging economies on Thursday stood by the multilateral system and vowed to strengthen economic cooperation in the face of US tariff threats and unilateralism.

BRICS emerging economies meet as US trade war looms

Johanesburg - Leaders of the BRICS emerging economies -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- will gather in Johannesburg on Wednesday for a three-day meeting focused on the threat of a US-led global trade war.
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