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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

South Africa's Blombos cave home to earliest drawing by a human

Sep 15, 2018 - 10:00 AM

'It’s also evidence of early humans' ability to store information outside of the human brain,' says Professor Christopher Henshilwood

'EARLIEST DRAWING'. The drawing found on silcrete stone in Blombos Cave. Craig Foster

Pro-hunting nations block whale sanctuary bid

Sep 12, 2018 - 3:37 PM

Pro-whaling Japan has voted against the project, backed by commercial whaling states Iceland and Norway, as well as Russia

RESEARCH. This undated handout picture released from the Instutute of Cetacean Research on November 18, 2014 shows a minke whale on the deck of a whaling ship for research whaling at Antarctic Ocean. Photo from The Institute of Cetacean Research / AFP

Tributes pour in for former UN chief, Nobel laureate Kofi Annan

Aug 18, 2018 - 7:48 PM

(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate

UN CHIEF. In this file photo taken on April 28, 2004, United Nations Secretary General Kofi Annan takes a question during a press conference at the UN Headquarters in New York. Photo by Timothy A. Clary/AFP

South Africa to seek constitutional change for land reform

Aug 01, 2018 - 9:51 AM

'It has become patently clear that our people want the constitution to be more explicit about expropriation of land without compensation,' says South African President Cyril Ramaphosa

CONSTITUTIONAL CHANGE. In this file photo, 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/AFP

Obama warns of 'strange and uncertain times' in Mandela tribute

Jul 17, 2018 - 11:56 PM

Delivering a speech in Johannesburg marking 100 years since Nelson Mandela's birth, Obama makes no direct reference to his successor but warns that the 'politics of fear and resentment' were spreading across the world

OBAMA SPEAKS. Former US President Barack Obama speaks during the 2018 Nelson Mandela Annual Lecture at the Wanderers cricket stadium in Johannesburg on July 17, 2018. Photo by Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

Obama speech to mark 100 years since Mandela's birth

Jul 17, 2018 - 5:53 PM

The former US president met Mandela only briefly in 2005 but gave a eulogy at his funeral saying Mandela 'makes me want to be a better man'

PIDATO PERPISAHAN. Presiden Barack Obama saat menyampaikan pidato perpisahan di Chicago, Illinois, Rabu, 11 Januari. Foto oleh Nicholas Kamm/AFP

Candidate AIDS vaccine passes key early test

Jul 07, 2018 - 8:52 AM

The candidate vaccine will be tested in 2,600 women in southern Africa to see whether it prevents HIV infection

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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

Former U.S. president Barack Obama to deliver Mandela lecture in South Africa

Apr 23, 2018 - 10:29 PM

The Nelson Mandela foundation had been seeking someone with 'an Africa heritage' to deliver an address that will 'deal with issues of democracy' facing the world today

Former US President Barack Obama

Winnie Mandela, Nelson Mandela's ex-wife, dies at 81

Apr 02, 2018 - 10:54 PM

Winnie Mandela, who was married to Nelson Mandela for 38 years, played a high-profile role in the battle to end white-minority rule in South Africa but her place in history was also stained by controversy

PASSED AWAY. In this file photo taken on December 16, 2017 The former wife of the late South African President Nelson Mandela, Winnie Mandela waves as she attends the 54th ANC National Conference at the NASREC Expo Centre in Johannesburg. Winnie Mandela, the ex-wife of South African anti-apartheid fighter and former president Nelson Mandela, died on April 2, 2018 at the age of 81, her spokesman said. Photo by Mujahid Safodien/ AFP

Bono sorry after bullying claims at ONE charity

Mar 11, 2018 - 9:19 PM

'To discover last November that there were serious and multiple allegations of bullying in our office in Johannesburg left me and the ONE board reeling and furious,' says Bono

SORRY. Bono apologizes to the public after learning about bullying incidents in his ONE charity. Photo by AFP

Attackers try to cut off South African triathlete's legs

Mar 07, 2018 - 11:07 PM

Mhlengi Gwala's friend and fellow triathlete Sandile Shange says Gwala told him the attackers failed to cut through the bone because they had used a blunt, rusty saw

South Africa's new president vows to tackle corruption

Feb 15, 2018 - 10:43 PM

'Issues to do with corruption, issues of how we can straighten out our state-owned enterprises and how we deal with 'state capture' are issues that are on our radar screen,' South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tells lawmakers in parliament

SOUTH AFRICA'S NEW PRESIDENT. South Africa's new president Cyril Ramaphosa smiles as he delivers a speech after being elected by the Members of Parliament during his swearing in ceremony at the Parliament in Cape Town, on February 15, 2018. Photo by Mike Hutchings/AFP

South Africa's Zuma resigns, forced out by own party

Feb 15, 2018 - 7:20 AM

The ruling ANC party finally turns against him after 9 years of corruption scandals, economic slowdown and falling popularity

RESIGNED. In this file photo taken on February 12, 2015 South African president, Jacob Zuma, arrives for the formal opening of parliament in Cape Town. Nic Bothma/Pool/AFP

Zuma no-confidence motion set for parliament Thursday – ANC

Feb 14, 2018 - 7:32 PM

'We have now asked the chief whip to proceed with the motion of no confidence tomorrow in parliament... so that President Zuma is then removed,' ANC treasurer-general Paul Mashatile says

RAMAPHOSA AND ZUMA. In this file photo taken on January 13, 2018 ANC President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) and President of South Africa Jacob Zuma toast at Absa Stadium in East London, South Africa, during the ANC's 106th anniversary celebrations on January 13, 2018. Photo by MUjahid Safodien/AFP

South Africa police raid house of Zuma's allies in graft probe

Feb 14, 2018 - 4:49 PM

Zuma is expected to respond to the ANC party's order later Wednesday, hours after police arrived at the Gupta family's heavily protected house in the upmarket suburb of Saxonwold in the early morning

GUPTA RAID. South African police officers stand guard by a black Land Rover seen leaving the compound of the controversial Gupta business family while cars belonging to the Hawks, The Directorate for Priority Crime Investigation, are stationed outside, in Johannesburg, on February 14, 2018. Photo by Wikus de Wet / AFP

South Africa's Zuma expected to respond to ouster push

Feb 14, 2018 - 11:35 AM

South Africans are on tenterhooks as their scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma is expected to respond to his party's decision to 'recall' him from office

BELEAGUERED. In this file photo taken on October 8, 2008 Jacob Zuma gives a press conference in Johannesburg. Paballo Thekiso/File/AFP

Zuma triggers crisis by refusing ANC's exit order

Feb 13, 2018 - 11:02 AM

(UPDATED) The power struggle over Zuma's departure put the president at loggerheads with Cyril Ramaphosa, his expected successor, who is the new head of the African National Congress

FACING TROUBLE. In this file photo taken on January 28, 2018 South African President Jacob Zuma attends the opening of the Ordinary Session of the Assembly of Heads of State and Government during the 30th annual African Union summit in Addis Ababa. Simon Maina/AFP

Suspected poacher eaten by lions in South Africa

Feb 12, 2018 - 6:45 PM

'It seems the victim was poaching in the game park when he was attacked and killed by lions. They ate his body, nearly all of it, and just left his head and some remains,' Limpopo police spokesman Moatshe Ngoepe explains

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

All 955 miners trapped in South Africa resurface unharmed

Feb 01, 2018 - 11:09 PM

(3rd UPDATE) 'Everybody's out,' mine spokesman James Wellsted tells Agence France-Presse

South Africa's top court delivers Zuma impeachment blow

Dec 29, 2017 - 7:44 PM

'We conclude that (the National) Assembly did not hold the president to account,' says Constitutional Court judge Chris Jafta

JACOB ZUMA. This file photo taken on November 15, 2016 shows South African president Jacob Zuma looking on as he visits an area affected by the recents floods in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

The week in photos: December 16-22, 2017

Dec 23, 2017 - 3:57 PM

This week's selection of photo highlights here and around the world

A girl waits for her present next to a man dressed as Santa Claus during a Christmas ceremony at the Palace of the National Military Club in Bucharest on December 21, 2017. Children of the Romanian Army army personnel, who were injured or died on duty, attended a children's show and received Christmas presents. / AFP PHOTO / Daniel MIHAILESCU

South Africa's struggling ANC elects Ramaphosa as new head

Dec 19, 2017 - 7:08 AM

The victory puts Cyril Ramaphosa in line to succeed President Jacob Zuma, whose reign has been plagued by corruption scandals, economic slowdown and growing anger at the once-omnipotent party

NEW PARTY LEADER. South African Deputy President 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. Gulshan Khan/AFP

Dogs shield South Africa's youth from violence

Dec 14, 2017 - 8:11 PM

Project 'Funda Nenja' – Zulu for 'learn with the dog' – help to nurture kinship and respect between humans and their dogs in a township in South Africa

BEST FRIENDS. Boys sit against a wall with their dogs outside the Zamuthule Primary School at the Mpophomeni township in Kwazulu-Natal, on September 22, 2017. Children from the area of Mpophomeni in KwaZulu-Natal province take part in the Funda Nenja dog training initiative which seeks to teach children in the township dog handling skills. Photo by Tadeu Andre/AFP

South African court blasts Jacob Zuma over graft inquiry report

Dec 13, 2017 - 11:43 PM

The High Court in the South African capital of Pretoria orders Zuma to appoint within 30 days a judicial inquiry into the allegations that have hung over him and his associates

REPRIMANDED. This file photo taken on July 5, 2017 shows South African President Jacob Zuma delivering a speech during a closing session of the South African ruling party African National Congress (ANC) policy conference in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Mujahid Safodien/ AFP

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Nov 27, 2017 - 8:45 PM

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Nov 27, 2017 - 1:20 PM

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Meet Miss Universe 2017 Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters

Nov 27, 2017 - 1:20 PM

Meet the second South African Miss Universe titleholder!

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss South Africa 2017 is crowned Miss Universe at the conclusion of the three-hour special programming event on FOX at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, November 26th from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

South Africa's Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters crowned Miss Universe 2017

Nov 27, 2017 - 11:07 AM

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters is the second Miss Universe winner from South Africa

Demi-Leigh Nel-Peters, Miss South Africa 2017 is crowned the new Miss Universe by Miss Universe 2016, Iris Mittenaere at the conclusion of the three-hour special programming event on FOX at 7:00 PM ET live/PT tape-delayed on Sunday, November 26th from the AXIS at Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas, NV. The new winner will move to New York City where she will live during her reign and become a spokesperson for various causes alongside The Miss Universe Organization. HO/The Miss Universe Organization

South African court doubles Pistorius sentence to more than 13 years

Nov 24, 2017 - 5:00 PM

Prosecutors convince the Supreme Court of Appeal in Bloemfontein in South Africa earlier this month that Oscar Pistorius failed to show genuine remorse after killing his girlfriend

DOUBLED. This file photo taken on June 15, 2016 shows South African paralympian Oscar Pistorius arriving at the Pretoria High Court for sentencing procedures in his murder trial in Pretoria. Photo by Zinyange Auntony/AFP

Mnangagwa: Zimbabwe's leader in waiting?

Nov 15, 2017 - 10:35 PM

Nicknamed 'Ngwena' (The Crocodile) because of his fearsome power and ruthlessness, the 75-year-old has a reputation for taking no prisoners

NEXT LEADER. This file photo taken on January 7, 2017 shows Zimbabwe's then acting President Emmerson Mnangagwa speaking during a funeral ceremony in Harare. Zimbabwe is under the control of the military on November 15, 2017, two days after its army chief warned President Robert Mugabe against purging the ruling party's senior ranks. Photo by Jekesai Njikizana/AFP

Mugabe under house arrest as military takes control

Nov 15, 2017 - 7:04 PM

(UPDATED) Military vehicles block roads outside the parliament in Harare and senior soldiers deliver a late-night television address to the nation

UNDER HOUSE ARREST. This file photo taken on November 04, 2017 shows Zimbabwe's President Robert Mugabe delivering a speech during the Zimbabwe ruling party Zimbabwe African National Union- Patriotic Front (Zanu PF) youth interface Rally in Bulawayo. Zinyange Auntony/AFP

South Africa court clears way for Zuma graft prosecution

Oct 13, 2017 - 5:54 PM

Zuma and other government officials are accused of taking kickbacks from the $5 billion purchase of fighter jets, patrol boats and other arms manufactured by 5 European firms

JACOB ZUMA. This file photo taken on April 12, 2017 shows South Africa's President Jacob Zuma attending celebrations for his 75th birthday in Kliptown, Soweto. File photo by John Wessels/AFP

BRICS leaders 'strongly deplore' North Korea nuclear blast

Sep 04, 2017 - 8:27 AM

UPDATED BRICS is already struggling to live down doubts about its own cohesion that have spiked since nuclear armed China and India engaged in a protracted standoff over a disputed Himalayan region

Delegates arrive prior to the opening ceremony of the BRICS Business Forum in Xiamen, Fujian province on September 3, 2017. Fred Dufour/Pool/AFP

South Africa's Zuma survives vote to oust him

Aug 09, 2017 - 7:42 AM

Enough ANC lawmakers stick by their leader despite divisions and fierce criticism of his rule

SURVIVOR. South African President Jacob Zuma gestures as he addresses supporters outside the South African Parliament in Cape Town on August 8, 2017, after surviving a Motion of No confidence. Pueter Bauermeister/AFP

South Africa's Zuma faces secret vote on no-confidence motion

Aug 07, 2017 - 10:56 PM

The vote has become a test of African National Congress ANC unity as senior party figures have been increasingly critical of their leader but it is unlikely to succeed in toppling Zuma

JACOB ZUMA. This file photo taken on November 15, 2016 shows South African president Jacob Zuma looking on as he visits an area affected by the recents floods in Johannesburg, South Africa. Photo by Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

NBA glitz, glamor on show in South Africa

Aug 06, 2017 - 1:21 PM

Dirk Nowitzki shares It s incredible that basketball is growing in Africa