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'Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been admitted to hospital for treatment of a stubborn infection,' says his his wife Leah Tutu in a statement
Save the Rhino says around 20,000 southern white rhinos – Sana's tribe – are left in the world
In a stunning display of power and precision, South Africa captures its third rugby world crown after 12 years
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
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.
(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'
The president of both countries agree to set up 'early warning systems' to prevent attacks on foreign nationals
South Africa has the largest number of HIV-positive people in the world, says The Lancet HIV Journal
Prince Harry and his wife Meghan walk into the Desmond & Leah Tutu Legacy Foundation carrying a smiley Archie in blue dungarees
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
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.
Award-winning poet Jim Pascual Agustin read some of his works at Poetry in McGregor, now on its 7th edition
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'
PRESS RELEASE: The Philippine team wins a total of 35 awards at the 2019 South Africa International Mathematics Competition
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 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
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
(UPDATED) Ramaphosa will be sworn in on Saturday, May 25, and is expected to name a deputy president and cabinet at the weekend
'Thanks for your concerns, but there is nothing to worry about,' says the actor and former politician
'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
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
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%
President Cyril Ramaphosa says South Africa 'cannot be a nation of free people when so many still live in poverty'
'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
Taste Holdings, the local licensee of Starbucks in South Africa, struggles to control operational costs and debt
In one of the latest innovations in the search for eco-friendly building materials, South African university researchers create bricks using human urine
For generations, cannabis, known in the country as dagga, has been used as a medicinal herb by traditional healers
Scientists hope the technique can be used to save other endangered big cats
'It’s also evidence of early humans' ability to store information outside of the human brain,' says Professor Christopher Henshilwood
Pro-whaling Japan has voted against the project, backed by commercial whaling states Iceland and Norway, as well as Russia
(4th UPDATE) World leaders and organizations pay tribute to the former UN Secretary General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate
'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
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
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'
The candidate vaccine will be tested in 2,600 women in southern Africa to see whether it prevents HIV infection
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'
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
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
'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
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
'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
The ruling ANC party finally turns against him after 9 years of corruption scandals, economic slowdown and falling popularity
'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
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
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
(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
'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
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