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South Africa’s new president vows to fight corruption

South Africa’s vice-President Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as head of state on Thursday, a day after corruption-plagued Jacob Zuma resigned as President of the African most industrialized nation. Immediately after the swearing-in ceremony, the former union leader, vowed to fight corruption in a direct reference to accusations levelled against his predecessor, Jacob Zuma. He […]

Jacob Zuma finally resigns as South Africa’s president

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma has finally resigned as president, days after he defied orders from the ruling African National Congress to leave office. In a televised address to the nation late on Wednesday, Zuma said, “no life should be lost in my name and also the ANC should never be divided in my name.” […]

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South Africa’s Zuma moving to exit door

South Africa’s ruling party on Tuesday decided to sack Jacob Zuma as head of state, after hours of heated discussions, sources told Reuters. The African National Congress (ANC) secretary-general Ace Magashule and his deputy Jessie Duarte have personally delivered the party’s recall letter to President Jacob Zuma at his official residence in Pretoria, local media […]

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PyeongChang: Meet Africa’s Winter Olympics hopefuls

As the 2018 Winter Olympics kick off this Friday in PyeongChang, eight contingents will represent the African continent with 13 athletes. It is a record high since 1994 when tougher qualifying standards were imposed. This year, winter Olympic’ veterans, Morocco and South Africa, will participate in the competition along with Eritrea and Nigeria, which are […]

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South Africa: 955 mine workers trapped underground, rescued

Some 955 miners, trapped underground since Wednesday at the premises of Sibanye-Stillwater’s Beatrix gold mine in South Africa, have been brought to the surface, the company said on Friday. Miners were stranded since January 31 following the collapse of both the primary and secondary Eskom powerlines supplying electricity to Beatrix. The collapse had caused a […]

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South Africa: Zuma asks prosecutors to drop 783 graft charges

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma on Wednesday provided arguments on why he should not be prosecuted for corruption, the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) said. Wednesday marks the deadline for President Jacob Zuma to make fresh presentations to the National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) on why he should not face prosecution for corruption. Zuma who has faced […]

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African Union launches long-awaited single aviation market

The African Union has finally launched the Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) during the 30th annual African Union summit in Addis Ababa. The Single African Air Transport Market (SAATM) is a flagship project of the African Union Agenda 2063, an initiative of the African Union to create a single unified air transport market and […]

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IMF cuts South Africa’s growth as Lagarde meets Ramaphosa

IMF chief Christine Lagarde has met South African Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa in Davos on Wednesday on the sidelines of the World Economic Forum. The meeting comes a day after the Washington-based lender revised downwards South Africa’s economic growth because of rising political uncertainty. The IMF projects the country’s economy to grow by 0.9% over […]

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African heads of State, CEOs seek partnerships at WEF

African CEOs, policymakers and heads of state have joined the global business leaders at the World Economic Forum in Davos, Switzerland, as the continent seeks to strengthen its partnerships for trade, and investment. Zimbabwe President Emerson Mnangagwa, Rwanda’s Paul Kagame and South Africa’s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa have shared pictures on their social media platforms […]

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The ‘father’ of South African jazz, Hugh Masekela dies

South Africa’s trumpeter and singer Hugh Masekela, known as the “father of South African jazz”, died from prostate cancer, his family said on Tuesday. Masekela passed away at a Johannesburg hospital on Tuesday morning at the age of 78. Hugh Masekela is well known for his jazz compositions among which are an anti-apartheid song such […]

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