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Kampala expels boss of MTN's Uganda arm, citing 'national security'

Kanpala - Kampala has deported the Belgian CEO of the Ugandan branch of MTN on security grounds, in the fourth such expulsion targeting the South African telecoms giant within a month.

Hong Kong seizes $1m of rhino horn in record airport haul

Fpo - Two men carrying at least 24 severed rhino horns were arrested in Hong Kong airport by customs officers who said it was their largest ever seizure of rhino contraband smuggled by air passengers.

S.Africa power cuts darken ANC's election outlook

Johanesburg - Power outages across South Africa this week have blown up into the biggest political threat facing President Cyril Ramaphosa and the ruling ANC party three months away from elections, analysts say.

S.Africa's tough choice: Land redistribution or mining investment?

Cape Town - South Africa's government faces a tough balancing act as it tries to attract foreign investors into the key mining sector while also pledging to seize land without paying compensation.

S.Africa president fires gun for May 8 election, vows growth

Cape Town - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday announced general elections would be held on May 8, as the ruling ANC party looks to reverse falling popularity due to weak growth, unemployment and corruption.

S.Africa stunned by revelations in corruption probe

Johanesburg - Grey bags stuffed with cash, a Christmas feast for a minister, a birthday cake for the president -- a public inquiry is revealing some extraordinary details about the problem of state corruption in South Africa.

S.African 'jihad suspect' dies in Mozambique hospital

Maputo - A South African businessman held in Mozambique on suspicion of being a jihadist leader has died in hospital under mysterious circumstances, his wife and a medical source told AFP on Wednesday.

Zuma ally took monthly bribes from S.Africa company, inquiry hears

Johanesburg - A South African former executive on Monday told a corruption probe that his old company had paid monthly bribes for years to a minister who served under scandal-tainted ex-president Jacob Zuma.

Rwanda linked to suspects in dissident death: S.Africa prosecutor

Johanesburg - South African prosecutors have claimed "close links" existed between the suspects in the murder of a Rwandan dissent and the regime of President Paul Kagame, according to a letter released by a Johannesburg court Monday.

S.Africa court launches new probe into murder of Rwandan ex-spy

Johanesburg - Five years after Rwandan dissident Patrick Karegeya was strangled in a Johannesburg hotel, the regime of Rwanda's President Paul Kagame casts a long shadow over the South African investigation.

Ruling ANC kicks off S.Africa election campaign with vow to restore democracy, growth

Durban - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Saturday launched the ANC's campaign for legislative elections in May, acknowledging the party's past mistakes and promising to restore democratic institutions and economic growth.

Ruling ANC kickstarts S.Africa election season

Durban - South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is set to unveil the ruling ANC party's election manifesto on Saturday in front of tens of thousands of supporters, marking the start of four months of hectic campaigning.

S.Africa's ANC gears up for election under new leader

Durban - South Africa's ruling ANC party launches its election campaign on Saturday ahead of polls in May that it is tipped to win despite recently falling support, internal divisions and a sluggish economy.

Mozambique ex-minister in S.Africa court over loan scandal

Johanesburg - Mozambique's former finance minister Manuel Chang made a brief court appearance in Johannesburg on Tuesday after being arrested at the city's airport over alleged secret loans to Mozambican state companies totalling $2 billion.

Race row after guards clear Cape Town beach

Cape Town - A fresh race row has erupted in South Africa after a private security company allegedly ordered black beachgoers to vacate a fashionable Cape Town over the Christmas holiday.

Race row after guards clear Cape Town beach

Cape Town - Authorities in Cape Town have criticised a private security company that allegedly ordered black beachgoers to leave a fashionable South African beach over the Christmas holiday.

Zimbabwe says will not extradite Grace Mugabe

Harare - Zimbabwe on Friday said it would not extradite Grace Mugabe, wife of former president Robert Mugabe, after an arrest warrant was issued in South Africa for her alleged assault of a model in 2017.

Two get life sentence in S.Africa 'cannibalism case'

Johanesburg - Two South African men accused of cannibalism were given life sentences for murder on Wednesday, with the judge saying they were guilty of "the most heinous crime", local media reported.

Attack of the small screens: Africa eyes mobile gaming boom

Cape Town - An army of humans laid waste to an alien colony as South African video game maker Simon Spreckley enthusiastically controlled the action using his phone's touch screen."The penetration of mobile devices in Africa is huge.

Pussy Riot activists plot S.Africa art project

Cape Town - Russian punk protest group Pussy Riot hinted Friday at an attention-grabbing outcome after a two-week artistic collaboration in South Africa, but they stuck to their vow to keep their next performance a secret.

Oprah honours Mandela ahead of global charity concert

Soweto - US television celebrity Oprah Winfrey on Thursday paid emotional tribute to Nelson Mandela as she prepared to host a star-studded concert in Johannesburg to cap celebrations marking 100 years since his birth.

S.Africa's home minister resigns after watchdog ruling

Johanesburg - South African Home Affairs Minister Malusi Gigaba resigned on Tuesday, the presidency announced, two weeks after a public standards watchdog said he had violated the constitution by lying under oath in court.

S. Africa's cash-strapped public broadcaster eyes massive layoffs

Johanesburg - South Africa's cash-strapped public broadcaster SABC is considering laying off nearly 1,000 people, or about one third of its full-time staff, in a bid to turn around its "dire" finances, according to a document seen on Tuesday.

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.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.
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