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South African AIDS researcher wins 500,000-euro French prize

May 27, 2020 - 10:13 PM

Quarraisha Abdool Karim is best known for a study that found that a gel of the anti-retroviral drug tenofovir is effective in reducing the risk of women catching HIV and genital herpes during sex

TOP PRIZE. Quarraisha Abdool Karim wins the half a million-euro Christophe Merieux Prize for her work for the Centre for the AIDS Programme of Research in South Africa. File photo from Wikipedia

South Africa central bank cuts rates, sees GDP contracting 7%

May 21, 2020 - 11:00 PM

As the coronavirus impact grows, the South African economy is now expected to decline by 7% in 2020

SEEKING PERMITS. Informal vendors gather in front of a municipal office building in Braamfontein, Johannesburg, South Africa, on April 8, 2020, as they try to obtain a permit for working during the national lockdown. Photo by Luca Sola/AFP

South African mines reconfigure to survive virus amid job loss fears

May 18, 2020 - 11:25 PM

Mining is a critical cog in South Africa's already struggling economy. After more than a month of stalled operations, unions are worried about job losses.

This aerial view shows the Sibanye-Stillwater platinum mine in Marikana, near Rustenburg, on May 15, 2020. - The mines are a critical cog in South Africa's already struggling economy, contributing eight percent to the GDP of Africa's most industrialised economy. They are also one of South Africa's largest employers, with nearly half million workers. But confined underground working conditions risk becoming breeding grounds for the COVID-19 coronavirus. The South African government has drafted comprehensive anti-coronavirus regulations for the sector and these include mandatory extensive screening and testing. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

South Africa reports 24-hour record of 1,160 new virus cases

May 18, 2020 - 8:48 AM

Some health experts are beginning to see the limits of the country's lauded mass screening strategy, with results taking up to two weeks to come through

WAITING. An elderly man at a SASSA (South African Social Security Agency) pay-point in Soweto covers his mouth on March 30, 2020 while queuing. Photo by Marco Longari/AFP

South Africa starts coronavirus trial of TB vaccine

May 05, 2020 - 12:32 AM

Trials start in Cape Town, where BCG booster shots are administered to 250 healthcare workers, while another 250 receive a dummy formula, or placebo

COVID-19 IN SOUTH AFRICA. In this file photo, health workers fill out documents before performing tests for COVID-19 on other health workers at the screening and testing tents set up at the Charlotte Maxeke Hospital in Johannesburg, on April 15, 2020. File photo by Michele Spatari/AFP

South Africa to seek $4.2 billion in IMF, World Bank help

Apr 25, 2020 - 7:30 AM

With the number of coronavirus cases at 3,953 including 75 deaths, South Africa is the worst affected country on the African continent

SETTLEMENT. An aerial view shows the Brazzaville informal settlement near Atteridgeville in Pretoria, South Africa, on March 18, 2020. Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP

South Africans turn to home-brewed beer to beat virus alcohol ban

Apr 17, 2020 - 4:00 PM

With no booze supply anywhere due to the coronavirus lockdown, South Africans are fermenting their own 'creamy, thick' brew at home, called 'umqombothi'

South Africa halts funding to cash-strapped national carrier

Apr 15, 2020 - 8:15 AM

The South African government is now 'unable to provide additional funding' to South African Airways, which has failed to make a profit since 2011

South Africa in new interest rate cut, sees 6.1% GDP shrinkage

Apr 14, 2020 - 9:20 PM

(UPDATED) South Africa now expects its gross domestic product to contract by 6.1% in 2020 due to the coronavirus pandemic

SETTLEMENT. An aerial view shows the Brazzaville informal settlement near Atteridgeville in Pretoria, South Africa, on March 18, 2020. Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP

Moody's cuts South Africa's credit rating to junk

Mar 28, 2020 - 11:45 PM

Moody's move 'could not have come at a worse time,' the South African government says, as it would 'further add to the prevailing financial market stress'

A aerial view shows the Brazzaville informal settlement near Atteridgeville in Pretoria on March 18, 2020. - As the coronavirus tally climbs sharply in South Afria, water and sanitation becomes a concern in areas where the population live in close proximity with scarce access to both. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

South Africa reports first 2 virus deaths as lockdown starts

Mar 27, 2020 - 11:07 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa has ordered South Africa's 57 million people to stay at home for 21 days

PRECAUTION. A commuter wearing a mask as a preventive measure against the COVID-19 coronavirus queues at the Bara taxi rank in Johannesburg, on March 18, 2020. File photo by Marco Longari/AFP

South African virus carriers charged with attempted murder for not isolating

Mar 26, 2020 - 8:52 AM

'It is exactly that stubborn behavior that has caused us a national lockdown,' the police say in a statement

LONG LINES. Customers stand in a queue outside Makro in Pretoria East, South Africa on March 24, 2020. Photo by Phill Magakoe/AFP

South Africa's mining, tourism brace for virus buffeting

Mar 15, 2020 - 11:55 PM

The novel coronavirus is expected to have a 'huge impact' on the already fragile South African economy

Passenger wearing protective face masks arrive from Shenzhen in China, at the OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg, on March 2, 2020 amid concerns about the spread of the COVID-19 epidemic caused by the new coronavirus. - The novel coronavirus has spread to more than 25 countries since it emerged in December and is causing mounting alarm due to new outbreaks in Europe, the Middle East and Asia. (Photo by Phill Magakoe / AFP)

South African president cleared of graft accusations

Mar 11, 2020 - 12:55 AM

Judges dismiss an investigation by Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, who had accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of misleading parliament over his campaign financing

CLEARED. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018. File photo by Themba Hadebe/Pool/AFP

South Africa's novel coronavirus toll hits 3

Mar 08, 2020 - 7:24 PM

Authorities say all 3 confirmed cases were in a group of 10 people who had traveled to Italy

South Africa reports 1st coronavirus case

Mar 05, 2020 - 11:47 PM

It is the first case in southern Africa, and the latest confirmed case in sub-Saharan Africa after Nigeria and Senegal

FIRST CASE. South Africa's Minister of Health Zweli Mkhize addresses a media briefing on the coronavirus at the South African Parliament on March 5, 2020, in Cape Town, as the first case of the COVID-19 illness has been detected in the country. Photo by Rodger Bosch/AFP

South Africa slips into 2nd recession in 2 years

Mar 03, 2020 - 7:55 PM

(UPDATED) South Africa remains dogged by high and rising debt, low growth, and soaring unemployment

BATTLE VS FAKE NEWS. The South African flag flies above the South African Parliament on November 18, 2014, in Cape Town. File photo by Rodger Bosch/AFP

Arrest warrant issued for South Africa ex-president Zuma

Feb 04, 2020 - 11:00 PM

But the South African court says the execution of the warrant will be deferred until May 6 when the case is due to resume

ARREST WARRANT. In this file photo, South Africa's embattled former president Jacob Zuma on October 15, 2019, addresses his supporters outside the Pietermaritzburg High Court where he is appearing on corruption charges. File photo by Michele Spatari/AFP

Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters marries Tim Tebow

Jan 21, 2020 - 10:01 AM

The couple marry in a ceremony in South Africa

A record 45 million people need urgent food aid in southern Africa – U.N.

Jan 16, 2020 - 8:54 PM

'This hunger crisis is on a scale we’ve not seen before and the evidence shows it’s going to get worse,' World Food Programme regional director Lola Castro says

FOOD AID. Schoolchildren from Ankileisoke Primary School eat lunch, offered by the World Food Programme's Under-nutrition Prevention Programme, in the Amboasary-South district of southern Madagascar, on December 14, 2018. File photo by Rijasolo/AFP

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

World's oldest captive white rhino dies in French zoo

Nov 14, 2019 - 11:04 PM

Save the Rhino says around 20,000 southern white rhinos – Sana's tribe – are left in the world

SANA. In this file photo taken on October 14, 2017 Sana, a female white rhino strolls through its enclosure at the La Planete Sauvage zoological park in Port-Saint-Pere, western France. File photo by Loic Venance/AFP

South Africa dominates England to cop 2019 Rugby World Cup

Nov 02, 2019 - 9:10 PM

In a stunning display of power and precision, South Africa captures its third rugby world crown after 12 years

CHAMPS. Team captain Siya Kolisi (center) and South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa lift the Webb Ellis Cup as they celebrate winning the 2019 Rugby World Cup. Photo by Anne-Christine Poujoulat/AFP

Elon Musk says he is disconnecting from Twitter

Nov 02, 2019 - 10:19 AM

Will Musk leave Twitter for Reddit?

(FILES) In this file photo taken on December 18, 2018 Elon Musk, co-founder and chief executive officer of Tesla Inc., speaks during an unveiling event for the Boring Company Hawthorne test tunnel in Hawthorne, south of Los Angeles, California. - The US Securities and Exchange Commission accused Tesla founder Elon Musk on February 25, 2019, of failing to comply with a court-endorsed deal between the electric automaker and the regulatory agency. According to the SEC, a tweet from Musk on Tesla's 2019 production levels violates the deal, under which his tweets had to be reviewed prior to being published. (Photo by Robyn Beck / AFP)

Humanity's homeland found in ancient Botswana

Oct 29, 2019 - 12:34 AM

While it has long been known anatomically modern humans originated in Africa, scientists have until now been unable to pinpoint the precise location of our species' birthplace

South Africa's Zuma to appeal against corruption trial

Oct 15, 2019 - 9:22 PM

Jacob Zuma's last-minute appeal will delay the case over bribery allegations dating back to a 1990s arms deal. He dismisses the charges as a conspiracy.

APPEAL. South Africa's embattled former president Jacob Zuma appears in the Pietermaritzburg High Court on corruption charges, in what would be the first time he faces trial for graft despite multiple accusations, in Pietermaritzburg on October 15, 2019. Photo by Michele Spatari/Pool/AFP

South Africa ex-leader Zuma to face corruption trial

Oct 11, 2019 - 5:40 PM

(UPDATED) High Court Judge Willie Seriti agrees with the prosecution that parts of Jacob Zuma's arguments to have the case thrown out are 'scandalous and or vexatious'

JACOB ZUMA. Former South African president Jacob Zuma arrives to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on July 15, 2019 in Johannesburg. Photo by Wikus De Wet/AFP

Nigeria, South Africa pledge to stop xenophobic attacks

Oct 04, 2019 - 9:48 AM

The president of both countries agree to set up 'early warning systems' to prevent attacks on foreign nationals

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari (L) and South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa shake hands following their opening remarks during his official state visit at Union Buildings in Pretoria, on October 3, 2019. Recent xenophobic attacks threaten to dominate Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari's three-day official visit to South Africa and the presidency in Abuja has said he would use the state visit to discuss the "welfare of Nigerians". Phill Magakoe / AFP

7.2 million HIV-positive in South Africa, says study

Oct 03, 2019 - 7:26 AM

South Africa has the largest number of HIV-positive people in the world, says The Lancet HIV Journal

WIDESPREAD. HIV/AIDS continues to persist despite measures taken to suppress the virus. Photo from Shutterstock

Royal baby Archie meets South Africa's Archbishop Tutu

Sep 26, 2019 - 12:26 AM

Prince Harry and his wife Meghan walk into the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation carrying a smiley Archie in blue dungarees

ROYAL BABY. Britain's Duke and Duchess of Sussex, Prince Harry and his wife Meghan hold their baby son Archie as they meet with Archbishop Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah at the Tutu Legacy Foundation in Cape Town on September 25, 2019. Photo by Henk Kruger/Pool/AFP

Harry and Meghan join South Africa's fight against gender violence

Sep 24, 2019 - 10:20 AM

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex join campaigners in Cape Town fighting South Africa's stratospheric rates of violence against women on the first stage of a 10-day swing through southern Africa

Prince Harry (R), Duke of Sussex and Meghan (C), Duchess of Sussex visit the District Six museum in Cape Town on the first afternoon of their tour of the region on September 23, 2019. Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan arrived in South Africa on September 23, launching their first official family visit in the coastal city of Cape Town. HENK KRUGER / POOL / AFP

1,500 flee homes in South Africa amid xenophobic violence – U.N.

Sep 20, 2019 - 10:56 PM

South Africa, the continent's second largest economy, is a major destination for other African migrants. But they are often targeted by some locals who blame them for a lack of jobs.

Filipino poet featured in South African literary festival

Sep 07, 2019 - 5:31 PM

Award-winning poet Jim Pascual Agustin read some of his works at Poetry in McGregor, now on its 7th edition

POETRY FESTIVAL. Award-winning poet Jim Pascual Agustin at Poetry in McGregor in Western Cape in South Africa. Photo courtesy of San Anselmo Publications Inc

Tensions ease in South Africa-Nigeria xenophobia row

Sep 06, 2019 - 2:26 PM

An aide of Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari says, 'we will work with South Africa to find solutions to their problems which have become our own problem. We will work as brothers'

A man can be seen laying on the ground after being arrested by members of the Ekurhuleni Metropolitan Police in Johannesburg Katlehong Township, during a new wave of anti-foreigner violence on September 5, 2019. Tensions eased between twin African powerhouses South Africa and Nigeria on September 5, after Pretoria temporarily closed its diplomatic missions in the rival state following a wave of attacks on foreign-owned stores there that claimed 10 lives. GUILLEM SARTORIO / AFP

IN PHOTOS: Catriona Gray tours South Africa

Aug 12, 2019 - 1:58 PM

Cat explores South Africa's wonders

Pinoy math wizards win 35 awards in South Africa contest

Aug 08, 2019 - 1:39 PM

PRESS RELEASE: The Philippine team wins a total of 35 awards at the 2019 South Africa International Mathematics Competition

South Africa's Zuma bats away graft inquiry questions

Jul 16, 2019 - 10:56 PM

Zuma confirms meeting the Gupta brothers to discuss the 'New Age,' the newspaper that he had encouraged them to set up in 2010, but denies knowing about alleged harassment of civil servants by Gupta executives

JACOB ZUMA. Former South African president Jacob Zuma arrives at the state commission that is probing wide-ranging allegations of corruption in government and state-owned companies in Johannesburg on July 16, 2019. Photo by AFP

South Africa's Zuma tells graft probe he's a victim of conspiracy

Jul 15, 2019 - 10:10 PM

Jacob Zuma is accused of overseeing mass looting of state assets during his 9-year tenure before being ousted by the ruling ANC party in 2018 and replaced by his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa

ZUMA. Former South African president Jacob Zuma arrives to appear before the Commission of Inquiry into State Capture on July 15, 2019 in Johannesburg. Photo by Wikus de Wet/AFP

Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in as president of South Africa

May 25, 2019 - 8:56 PM

Foreign heads of state from more than 40 countries are among 36,000 people who witnessed the event replete with pomp, military honors and an air force flyover at a rugby stadium in Pretoria

South African Deputy President and ANC Presidential candidate Cyril Ramaphosa looks on as he attends a plenary meeting at the NASREC Expo Centre during the 54th ANC national congress on December 17, 2017 in Johannesburg.  South Africa's ruling African National Congress holds its 54th national conference, with the party expected to elect its new leader, who will probably become the country's next president. / AFP PHOTO / GULSHAN KHAN

South African parliament reelects Ramaphosa as president

May 22, 2019 - 7:21 PM

(UPDATED) Ramaphosa will be sworn in on Saturday, May 25, and is expected to name a deputy president and cabinet at the weekend

ELECTIONS. In this file photo, President of South Africa and the African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa (C) greets a voter as he arrives to cast his vote for the general elections at the Hitekani Primary School, Chiawelo, Soweto, on May 8, 2019. File photo by Michele Spatari/AFP

Arnold Schwarzenegger attacked at South Africa sports event

May 19, 2019 - 11:28 AM

'Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about,' says the actor and former politician

US actor and former California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger (C) is seen at the Arnold Classic Africa, a multi-sport festival held at the Sandton Convention Centre on May 18, 2019 in Johannesburg, South Africa. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

South African president vows to speed reforms after election win

May 15, 2019 - 9:14 PM

'We identified a number of reform issues that we needed to address, we are now going to do that with greater speed,' says South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

REFORMS. South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018. File photo by Themba Hadebe/Pool/AFP

ANC wins closely-watched South Africa poll with absolute majority

May 11, 2019 - 12:49 AM

Seats in parliament are allocated based on vote share and the party with the most representatives selects the president, who will be sworn in on May 25

WIN. Supporters of the ruling party the African National Congress cheer as they arrive at the Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg to attend the ANC's final presidential election campaign rally on May 5, 2019. File photo by Marco Longari/AFP

ANC takes strong early lead in closely-watched South Africa poll

May 09, 2019 - 9:04 PM

With more than two-fifths of voting districts tallied, the Electoral Commission puts the ANC well ahead, with its closest rival the Democratic Alliance trailing with a distant 25%

ELECTIONS. President of South Africa and the African National Congress Cyril Ramaphosa (C) greets a voter as he arrives to cast his vote for the general elections at the Hitekani Primary School, Chiawelo, Soweto, on May 8, 2019. - South Africans began voting today in national elections which the ruling ANC, in power since 1994, is favourite to win despite corruption scandals, sluggish economic growth and record unemployment. The ANC has won all the past five elections, but today's vote is set to be an electoral test on whether the party has staunched a decline in popularity. (Photo by Michele Spatari / AFP)

25 years after apartheid, South Africans still not free – president

Apr 27, 2019 - 10:04 PM

President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa 'cannot be a nation of free people when so many still live in poverty'

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa addresses a media conference at the end of the BRICS Summit in Johannesburg on July 27, 2018, as the heads of the BRICS group -- Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa -- met in Johannesburg for an annual summit dominated by the risk of a US-led trade war. Five of the biggest emerging economies on July 26, stood by the multilateral system and vowed to strengthen economic cooperation in the face of US tariff threats and unilateralism. / AFP PHOTO / POOL / Themba Hadebe

South Africa launches minimum wage ahead of election

Jan 01, 2019 - 6:51 PM

'Millions of South African workers will benefit. This is the result of many decades of tireless struggle and is a powerful demonstration of the shared resolve of all social partners to tackle poverty and inequality,' says South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa

NEW YEAR. South Africa President Cyril Ramaphosa gives his new year's address. Screengrab from the Presidency of the Republic of South Africa Youtube

Starbucks' expansion runs out of steam in South Africa

Dec 26, 2018 - 9:25 PM

Taste Holdings, the local licensee of Starbucks in South Africa, struggles to control operational costs and debt

Hundreds of people queue during the official opening of South Africa's first Starbucks store, also the US coffeehouse chain's first store in Sub-Saharan Africa, in Johannesburg on April 21, 2016. (Photo by GIANLUIGI GUERCIA / AFP)

Waste not: South Africa makes world's first human urine brick

Nov 17, 2018 - 2:00 PM

In one of the latest innovations in the search for eco-friendly building materials, South African university researchers create bricks using human urine

Dr Dyllon Randall, one of the developers of the world's first bio-brick which uses human urine as one of the binding components, shows off one of the bricks in the lab at the Department of Civil Engineering at the University of Cape Town (UCT) on November 2, 2018 in Cape Town. In one of the latest innovations in the search for eco-friendly building materials, South African university researchers have created bricks using human urine. The first of their kind in the world, the bio-bricks hold out the prospect of a sustainable alternative to standard clay and concrete bricks, they hope.  Rodger BOSCH / AFP

'Holy plant': Legalizing marijuana delights South African users

Oct 24, 2018 - 7:13 PM

For generations, cannabis, known in the country as dagga, has been used as a medicinal herb by traditional healers

Gogo Phephisile Maseko, 44, traditional healer and national coordinator of the Traditional Healers Organisation (THO) of South Africa attends to patients on October 1, 2018 using a blend of cannabis and other herbs in a consultation room at their offices in Johannesburg. South Africa's top court decriminalised in September 2018 the private and personal use of cannabis in a landmark case that pitted law enforcement agencies against cannabis advocates. GULSHAN KHAN / AFP

South African lion cubs conceived artificially in world first

Sep 30, 2018 - 6:40 PM

Scientists hope the technique can be used to save other endangered big cats

The world's first lion cubs born through artificial insemination, Victor and Isabel, rest under a tree at the Ukutula private game conservation centre, northwest of the South African capital Pretoria, on September 14, 2018. They are a product of the successful pregnancy concieved via non-surgical artificial insemination of a lioness with freshly harvested semen from a male lion. Scientists hope that the technique could be applied elsewhere to save endangered wild felines globally. / AFP PHOTO / Phill Magakoe