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S.African leader tries to calm racial tension over farm attacks

Johanesburg - South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa called for calm on Monday, hoping to tamp down rising racial tension in his country following months of protests by white farmers over a spike in deadly attacks.

South Africa's indigenous Khoisan seek better recognition

Pretoria - A giant bronze statue of Nelson Mandela overlooks a big black tarpaulin tent that has become a fixture on the emerald lawns of the South African president's office in Pretoria.

S.Africa seeks greater African role in UN Security Council

New York - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Tuesday urged greater African representation at the UN Security Council as well as a stimulus package for the continent as it confronts Covid-19.

S.Africa bids farewell to 'hero' George Bizos, Mandela's lawyer

Johanesburg - South Africa on Thursday bade farewell to George Bizos, the "hero" anti-apartheid lawyer who represented Nelson Mandela at his trial for treason, at a state funeral filled with emotional tributes.

S.Africa bids farewell to 'hero' George Bizos, Mandela's lawyer

Johanesburg - South Africa on Thursday bade farewell to George Bizos, the "hero" anti-apartheid lawyer who represented Nelson Mandela at his trial for treason, at a state funeral filled with emotional tributes.

S. Africa to 'cautiously' reopen borders as lockdown eases

Johanesburg - South Africa will reopen its borders to most countries next month, the president said Wednesday, part of a wider easing of anti-coronavirus measures announced as figures continue to improve.

Trump vows '1,000 times greater' response to any Iran attack

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Monday vowed that any attack by Iran would be met with a response "1,000 times greater in magnitude," after reports that Iran planned to avenge the killing of top general Qasem Soleimani.

Trump vows '1,000 times greater' response to any Iran attack

Washington - US President Donald Trump on Monday vowed that any attack by Iran would be met with a response "1,000 times greater in magnitude," after reports that Iran planned to avenge the killing of top general Qasem Soleimani.

S.Africa's Ramaphosa rebukes minister for attacking Zambian leader

Johanesburg - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has "strongly reprimanded" his finance minister for challenging the Zambian leader to explain his decision to sack that country's central bank governor, the presidency said Monday.

Coronavirus graft scandals shake South Africa's president

Johanesburg - South Africa is reeling from coronavirus-linked corruption scandals that have battered President Cyril Ramaphosa's credibility and the country's image abroad, but spurred unprecedented efforts to boost transparency.

Manhood must wait: virus delays South African circumcision rituals

Port Elizabeth - South African 17-year-old Sinoyolo was looking forward to becoming a "man" this year.His uncle had made arrangements for him to travel to the mountains overlooking the South African city of Port Elizabeth in December for his initiation.

Nile dam mediator S. Africa urges talks to continue

Johanesburg - South Africa, current mediator in a long-running feud over Ethiopia's dam on the Blue Nile, on Thursday urged talks to continue despite threats of suspension and walkout.

Coronavirus infects 24,000 South African health workers

Johanesburg - Some 24,000 health workers in South Africa have contracted coronavirus, 181 of whom have died, since the pandemic hit the country in March, the health minister announced on Wednesday.

Coronavirus infects 24,000 S.African health workers

Johanesburg - Some 24,000 health workers in South Africa have contracted the coronavirus, 181 of whom have died, since the pandemic hit the country in March, the health minister announced on Wednesday.

South Africa coronavirus cases top 500,000: government

Johanesburg - South Africa has now registered more than 500,000 cases of coronavirus, the health ministry announced Saturday, making it by far the hardest-hit country in Africa.

Carpe diem: Invasive fish feeds hungry in South Africa's lockdown

- It is just before sunrise and volunteers are hauling nets full of gleaming, wriggling carp out of Groenvlei Lake.Here, on the picturesque coast of South Africa, environmentalists are hard at work trying to eradicate an invasive alien species.

'A concentration of death': Virus ravages S.Africa care home

Johanesburg - "The sickness is around. We don't know when we're going to get it," says 79-year-old Giuseppe Tassi."I knew a couple of people who went to hospital and never came back.

'A nightmare': Virus upsets South African funeral rites

Soweto - Undertakers clad in canary-yellow protective suits lowered the coffin into the cold soil as a mechanical digger waited nearby to smother the grave.Still numbed by their loss, a family watched the desolate spectacle from metres (yards) away.

South African restaurants protest virus lockdown restrictions

Johanesburg - South Africa restaurateurs protested on Wednesday against a coronavirus curfew and an alcohol ban that they said were wrecking their industry.President Cyril Ramaphosa imposed a lockdown in March, restricting movement and gatherings.

South African anti-apartheid icon Andrew Mlangeni dies

Johanesburg - South African anti-apartheid figure Andrew Mlangeni, who stood trial alongside Nelson Mandela in the 1963-64 Rivonia Trial, has died at the age of 95, the presidency announced on Wednesday.

Coronavirus lays bare S.African's toxic relationship with alcohol

Johanesburg - South Africa's move to reimpose an alcohol sales ban as its coronavirus epidemic surges has eased pressure on hospital staff but cast a bleak spotlight on the country's booze culture.

Mandela's youngest daughter Zindzi buried in South Africa

Johanesburg - Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela, was buried at a private funeral on Friday following her death aged 59 earlier this week.

Rhodes statue beheaded in South Africa's Cape Town

Cape Town - A bronze bust in a Cape Town park honouring 19th-century British imperialist Cecil Rhodes has been decapitated, the South African government said Wednesday.

Where death comes wrapped in plastic: S.Africa's COVID hotspot

Port Elizabeth - The tentacles of coronavirus have snaked into South Africa's Eastern Cape province, delving stealthily into its under-equipped hospitals and impoverished townships.

Mandela's daughter Zindzi dies at 59

Johanesburg - Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela died on Monday at the aged of 59, her family and President Cyril Ramaphosa announced.

Mandela's daughter Zindzi dies in South Africa

Johanesburg - Zindzi Mandela, the youngest daughter of South Africa's first black president and anti-apartheid icon Nelson Mandela has died aged 59, her family and President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Monday.

Without freedom to touch, blind migrants disoriented in virus-hit S.Africa

Johanesburg - Sheets of braille were scattered around Jetro Gonese as he sat hunched over his mattress in a dilapidated building in downtown Johannesburg, punching away at the keys of his special typewriter.

South Africa virus cases surge past 100,000

Johanesburg - South Africa on Monday said it had over 100,000 coronavirus cases, the highest in the continent, while the number of deaths inched towards 2,000.

Virus booze ban causes headache for S.African winemakers

Wellington - Wineries around Cape Town fear a nine-week alcohol sales ban will leave a bad hangover that outlasts the coronavirus pandemic, as South African bottles lose their spots on international shelves and thousands of jobs are lost.

S.Africans reluctant to return to places of worship despite lockdown easing

Johanesburg - White plastic chairs are sprayed down with sanitiser and a smartly dressed cleaner says a prayer while dusting before a first service in her church in more than nine weeks.
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