Cape Town - updates

Rappler's latest stories on Cape Town


South Africa's Desmond Tutu hospitalized for 'infection'

Dec 05, 2019 - 9:02 AM

'Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been admitted to hospital for treatment of a stubborn infection,' says his his wife Leah Tutu in a statement

(FILES) In this file photo taken on April 27, 2019 Archbishop Emeritus and Nobel Laureate Desmond Tutu, attends an exhibition and book launch of notable photographs of his life, which have been turned into paintings, in the centre of Cape Town. South African anti-apartheid icon Desmond Tutu has been admitted to hospital in Cape Town "for treatment of a stubborn infection", his office said on December 4, 2019. RODGER BOSCH / AFP

CineFilipino winner ‘The Eternity Between Seconds’ bags award in Cape Town

Oct 28, 2018 - 10:09 PM

The film, starring Yeng Constantino and TJ Trinidad, was recognized at the Cape Town International Film Market and Festival

South Africa lifts state of disaster over drought

Jun 13, 2018 - 9:20 PM

The drought, which hit Cape Town hard, is easing due to significant rainfall, but people are asked to conserve water due to the 'uncertainty of rainfall'

DROUGHT. An nearly water empty dam is pictured on a farm in Piket Bo-berg, Piketberg, north of Cape Town, on March 7, 2018 as a result of a three-year-long drought. Photo by Wikus De Wet/AFP

As Cape Town drought bites, what is 'Day Zero'?

Feb 08, 2018 - 11:33 AM

South Africa's second city is now facing the prospect of having to turn the taps off under a so-called 'Day Zero' scenario to conserve the city's remaining water supplies

DRIED UP. This file photo taken on May 10, 2017 shows bare sand and dried tree trunks standing out at Theewaterskloof Dam, which has less than 20 percent of its water capacity, near Villiersdorp, about 108km from Cape Town. Rodger Bosch/AFP

Student protests spread in South Africa

Sep 29, 2016 - 8:26 AM

Student protests in South Africa spread with police firing rubber bullets at demonstrators on campuses in Johannesburg and Grahamstown as unrest over tuition fees roils universities across the country

University of Johannesburg students block a motorway during clashes on September 28, 2016 outside the University of Johannesburg campus. Marco Longari/AFP

8 die in South Africa fire tragedy

Jun 11, 2016 - 6:36 PM

The cause of the blaze in Mitchells Plain one of the country s largest townships is not immediately clear

S.Africa's Zuma vows economic revival in disrupted speech

Feb 12, 2016 - 7:45 AM

President Jacob Zuma pledges that wasteful government expenditure would be cut and that black economic empowerment would remain a foundation of economic policy

STATE OF THE NATION. South African President Jacob Zuma (C) gives his sate of the nation address in parliament Cape Town, South Africa 11 February 2016. Schalk Van Zuydam/EPA

S.African universities shut despite fee agreement

Oct 26, 2015 - 10:53 PM

South African campuses close many for a second week as students refuse to end protests despite a government decision to scrap the tuition fee hikes that triggered nationwide demonstrations

PROTEST. A demonstrator kicks a fence as students clash with police to protest against an increase in university fees on October 23, 2015 outside the Union buildings in Pretoria. Photo by John Wessels / AFP

South African man with penis transplant to become father

Jun 12, 2015 - 9:26 PM

The man whose identity has not been revealed received his new penis from an organ donor in a nine hour operation on December 11 at Tygerberg Hospital in Cape Town

TRANSPLANT. Professor Andre van der Merwe (L), head of the Stellenbosch University Division of Urology, and Professor Rafique Moosa (R), Executive Head of the Department at the University of Stellenbosch announce that they've performed the world's first successful penis transplant. Photo by AFP

Cape Town university votes to remove Cecil Rhodes statue

Apr 09, 2015 - 1:47 PM

The statue of the notoriously racist Rhodes has been boarded up since it was hit with a bucket of human excrement and wrapped in black garbage bags in March

BOARDED UP. A South African student walks past the boarded up statue of one of apartheid's architects Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town (UCT), South Africa, 08 April 2015. Nic Bothma/EPA

British millionaire Dewani acquitted of 'honeymoon murder'

Dec 08, 2014 - 10:59 PM

The sister of slain 28 year old Swedish bride Anni Dewani tells an international media scrum on the steps of the High Court: Justice has failed us

Boko Haram: spreading fear and blood in Nigeria and beyond

Nov 29, 2014 - 5:58 PM

Boko Haram are trying to create the perception that they are anywhere and everywhere

HUNDREDS DEAD, INJURED. Relatives talk to one of the victims of twin suicide blasts at Kano central mosque in the accident and emergency ward of the Nassarawa Specilist Hospital in northern Nigeria's largest city of Kano on November 28, 2014. Photo by Aminu Abubakar/AFP

Arson attack suspected on South Africa's first gay-friendly mosque

Oct 04, 2014 - 11:14 PM

There are no injuries and no arrests have yet been made

FIRE. A worker carries a burnt door into the Open Mosque – a mosque which welcomes people, regardless of faith or sexual orientation – after a security gate was broken off and an attempt was made to burn the building down, during the night, on October 4, 2014, in Cape Town. File photo by Rodger Bosch/AFP

Cape Town Nobel summit scrapped over Dalai Lama visa row

Oct 02, 2014 - 10:39 PM

A number of Nobel Peace Prize winners earlier tried to force the South African government to reverse its decision by threatening to boycott the event

Dalai Lama, spiritual leader of the Tibetan, reads at a ceremony in Hamburg, Germany, 26 August 2014. Christian Charisius/EPA

Zuma: South Africa's 'Teflon' leader

May 24, 2014 - 8:03 PM

Charismatic but scandal prone South Africa s leader Jacob Zuma is a former herdboy who could stake a claim to Ronald Reagan s title of Teflon president as he is sworn in for a second term on May 24

Honeymoon murder suspect Dewani due in S.African court

May 09, 2014 - 11:19 PM

Dewani who returned to Britain shortly after his wife s murder had fought his extradition claiming he had mental health problems

Google to test TV White Spaces in Africa

Mar 26, 2013 - 2:55 PM

Google will try to prove the viability of TV White Spaces in providing Internet connectivity to portions of Cape Town South Africa

AFRICAN CONNECTIVITY. Google hopes to test and prove the viability of White Space tech in providing Internet to Africa.