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Brawling in the House? One way to curb legislative violence Special

Midrand - The South African Constitutional Court has said police may not be called into the National Assembly to remove MPs from the House even when they are causing a disturbance.

Op-Ed: Hungarian delegation visits South Africa and Namibia Special

Midrand - Three countries — South Africa and Namibia on the one hand, Hungary on the other — separated by language, culture, history and most of all, geography, renewed their ties last week on both the official and the unofficial level.

Leopard hunt banned in South Africa

For the first time in decades, hunters will not be able to participate in the leopard hunt for the 2016 season due to South African's ban.

Two lions and 110 vultures poisoned at Kruger Park in S. Africa

On Wednesday, officials said two lions and more than 100 vultures died in South Africa's Kruger National Park. The animals died after eating a poisoned elephant carcass.

South Africa to ease visa norms to boost tourism

Pretoria - In a bid to boost its tourism sector, South Africa is looking to ease visa norms, which were tightened 18 months ago in 2014.

South African mayor grants 16 girls virginity scholarships

Almost always scholarships for higher education are granted for academic and sports related accomplishments to students who excel in some school related function.

Review: Soul/reggae singer Natty prepares to 'Release the Fear'

The San Francisco-born thirty-something, who moved to London at the age of one, reached the Top 20 with his debut LP, "Man Like I," in 2008. Is the follow-up worthy of similar success? Digital Journal found out.

Freeing Africans from tyranny one phone at a time Special

In Africa, where roads are often impassible and conflict has put whole swaths of territory off-limits, the Internet is playing a pivotal role in bringing people together.

Lion mauls illegal hunter to death in South Africa

An illegal hunter, along with his two dogs, was killed by a lion on a private game farm in the Limpopo area of South Africa, close to Kruger National Park Thursday.

UK honeymoon couple drowned at Plettenberg Bay, South Africa

Plettenberg Bay - A British couple who were married just six days before have drowned on their South African honeymoon in Plettenberg Bay. The bodies of the couple were found separately by passing members of the public, washed ashore on Robberg Beach Friday.

South Africa student demo over university fee hikes: Photo Essay Special

Pretoria - South Africa is being rocked by student protests over high tuition fees and lack of government promises to provide free education, yet the big demonstration at Pretoria's Union Buildings had a carnival atmosphere.

Former home of Oscar Pistorius to become a 'party house' [Video]

Pretoria - The former security estate home of Oscar Pistorius is to be made into a party house. In a video, viewers are taken on a tour of what is better known as an infamous “murder house.”

Johannesburg gym boots pro-Palestinian activist Muhammed Desai

Johannesburg - A South African man wearing a pro-Palestinian T-shirt supporting a boycott of Israel was kicked out of a Johannesburg gym on Wednesday.

'Blood Lions' exposes South Africa's canned hunting industry

A new documentary sheds light on the highly controversial but perfectly legal practice of commercially breeding lions for 'canned hunts' in South Africa.

South African Christian 'prophet' makes followers eat live snakes

Pretoria - The leader of a controversial South African church who previously made headlines by commanding his followers to drink gasoline and eat human hair is now ordering his flock to eat live snakes.

Review: 'Chappie' is jack-of-all trades, master of none Special

A sci-fi movie that's a weird melange of Robocop, Call of Duty, Short Circuit, and a Michel Gondry music video all in one. Clearly, Chappie suffers from an identity crisis.

South Africa salutes its military Special

Potchefstroom - The 2015 edition of Armed Forces Day, the third in a row of the current series has been held in the city of Potchefstroom in the North West Province, 115 kilometres (72 miles) southwest of Johannesburg.

Interview with Jimmy Brown of UB40 Special

The drummer with the reggae giants, who have been making music since the late 1970s, gave Digital Journal the lowdown on the band's plans for 2015.

Richtersveld National Park: At one with nature in South Africa

Nature and wildlife lovers looking for a different and exciting experience in the wilds of South Africa will love the amazingly beautiful Richtersveld National Park, located up in the Northern Cape, close to the Namibia border.

Giraffe dies after hitting an over bridge in highway travel

A giraffe has died after smashing its head into a low overpass while it was being transported in a truck with its head sticking out along a highway in South Africa.

Take a trip down the Garden Route in South Africa this year Special

While it’s still summer right now in the northern hemisphere, it won't be long until things change, and South Africa goes from being rather chilly to very pleasantly hot and sunny. It’s time to start planning ahead for your Garden Route tour.

Review: KONGOS triumph on new single 'Come With Me Now' Special

Alternative rock band, KONGOS, originally from South Africa, excels on their single and music video for "Come With Me Now."

Baby rhino scared to sleep alone after mother killed by poachers

After witnessing the brutal death of his mother, Gertjie the baby rhino cried inconsolably and was unable to sleep. Not quite four months old, he is too young to fend for himself.

Eat your heart out: Jealous ex is 'king' and dines on man's heart

Cape Town - Police were called to the home of Nomonde Soloshe where a Zimbabwean man was found stabbing a knife and fork through the chest of Soloshe's current boyfriend as he ate the man's heart, muttering 'I am king.'

Op-Ed: Spain set their eyes on World Cup glory and the record books

Very few would predict that subsequent to breaking their 44-year silverware drought, Vicente del Bosque’s men would go on an emphatic run that has positioned Spain to be regarded as the greatest international side in the history of the sport.

Watch a GoPro-wearing South African man get robbed at gunpoint

Cape Town - Wearing a GoPro camera on his helmet, a cyclist in South Africa recorded footage of two men robbing him at gunpoint. The video has been uploaded to YouTube, and will reportedly be used as evidence.

Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return Charity Movie Premiere

The American film "Legends of Oz: Dorothy's Return" will be screened on May 22nd at three South Africa venues to raise money for local animal shelters. South Africa's Animaltalk team will hold screenings of Legends of Oz to assist their animal shelters.

Desmond Tutu: I will NOT vote ANC!

Desmond Tutu has confirmed that he will not be voting for the ANC in the upcoming elections, and has subtly called on South Africans to do the same by advising them to think and pray before they vote, and not to just vote "like cattle".

SABC bans DA television commercial critical of ANC

The South African Broadcasting Commission (SABC) has banned and refuses to show a Democratic Alliance (DA) political television commercial critical of current ANC government, ahead of the coming May elections.

Do NOT vote for ANC, urges Ronnie Kasrils with Vote NO campaign

Either don't vote for the ANC or spoil your votes, Ronnie Kasrils urges ANC voters through a new campaign called "Sidikiwe Vukani! (We are fed up! Wake up!) Vote No", to be launched on Tuesday.
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Whitney Houston singing in Johannesburg  South Africa on November 12 1994.
Whitney Houston singing in Johannesburg, South Africa on November 12 1994.
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March against Monsanto in Cape Town  South Africa on May 25  2013
March against Monsanto in Cape Town, South Africa on May 25, 2013
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La Rose Bed & Breakfast in Bo-Kaap, Cape Town, South Africa.
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Die Kelders on the Hermanus coast, Overberg whale region, South Africa
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Constantia Vista, Cape Town, South Africa
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Wet weather is critical for irrigating crops in South Africa, but in 2015, there's been little or no rains. Water levels in irrigation dams are around 50% and below.
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Green Point Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa
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Some of the unique flora at the Cape Peninsula  South Africa
Some of the unique flora at the Cape Peninsula, South Africa
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The flags of Tibet and South Africa side by side at the Office of Tibet  Pretoria.
The flags of Tibet and South Africa side by side at the Office of Tibet, Pretoria.
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Constantia Vista, Cape Town, South Africa
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A Harvard of the Flying Lions aerobatics team executes a roll while pulling smoke.
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A panoramic view over the Victoria Basin at the V&A Waterfront - note the thin layer of cloud on the mountain. Often cloud drapes the top of Table Mountain in what is called the "table cloth."
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Panorama from the top of Table Mountain. From left to right are visible Lion's Head, Signal Hill, Robben Island, the Cape Town city centre, Table Bay, and Devil's Peak.
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South Africa is home to the highest population count of rhinos in the world.
South Africa is home to the highest population count of rhinos in the world.
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March against Monsanto - Cape Town on May 25  2013 -  Really great to see so many young people takin...
March against Monsanto - Cape Town on May 25, 2013 - "Really great to see so many young people taking a stand!" Nicky Newman
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Nelson Mandela  former President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999
Nelson Mandela, former President of South Africa from 1994 to 1999
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South African President Jacob Zuma
South African President Jacob Zuma
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South Africa is home to the highest population count of rhinos in the world.
South Africa is home to the highest population count of rhinos in the world.
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Railway Station in Hermanus  Overberg Whale Route  Western Cape  South Africa.
Railway Station in Hermanus, Overberg Whale Route, Western Cape, South Africa.
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Freshlyground from Cape Town, South Africa
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