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South Africa’s pro-apartheid leader Lucas Mangope passes away

Lucas Mangope, a leader of one of South Africa’s tribal homelands who resisted the end of apartheid passed away‚ state-run SABC reported on Friday. The former high school teacher who was widely criticized for being a puppet of the apartheid regime, died on Thursday at the age of 94. He has been remembered on Friday […]

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Cape Town may run out of water by April

Without rain, South Africa’s Cape Town may run out of water by April, as city authorities race to build desalination plants and drill underground boreholes. The city’s estimated water budget deficit ballooned to 1.7 billion rand ($138.3 million) for the 2017/18 financial year, based on consumption figures for October 2017. “Day Zero” is the date […]

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Zimbabwe Elections: Cancer-stricken Tsvangirai to lead opposition

Ailing Zimbabwe’s main opposition leader, Morgan Tsvangirai will be the presidential flag bearer of the MDC Alliance in the forthcoming presidential elections in the Southern African nation, the coalition said on Tuesday. The MDC Alliance includes the People’s Democratic Party (PDP), led by Tendai Biti, Welshman Ncube’s MDC (Movement for Democratic Change -N), Transform Zimbabwe […]

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Diamonds bigger than 100 carats unearthed in Lesotho

A miner in South Africa has discovered two huge diamonds, each bigger than 100 carats in a Lesotho mine, local media reports. Gem Diamonds Ltd in a statement released on Monday said it unearthed a 117 carat and 110 carat D color Type IIa diamonds at the Letseng mine. Type IIa diamonds are the most […]

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South Africa: Cyril Ramaphosa, new leader of ruling ANC

South Africa’s ruling ANC party has elected businessman and former political stalwart Cyril Ramaphosa as the party’s leader and likely the next president of South Africa. President Jacob Zuma’s Vice-President Ramaphosa beat Dlamini-Zuma by about 200 votes and secured the presidency by a slight margin. The business mogul and former trade union leader was supported […]

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South African airlines to post $100m losses in 2017 – IATA

African airlines will post a collective loss of $100m by the end of 2017 due to high operating costs, the International Air Transport Association IATA said on Thursday. According to IATA’s vice president for Africa, Raphael Kuuchi, the high taxation imposed on aviation fuel by most African countries is one of the several factors that […]

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South Africa eager to foster ties with Morocco, Zuma says

President of South Africa Jacob Zuma said his country is eager to foster ties with Morocco and to give substance to the promising future awaiting bilateral relations. Zuma’s remarks came in an interview with South African news outlet “News 24″ following the meeting he held with King Mohammed VI in Abidjan last week on the […]

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South Africa: Jacob Zuma calls for urgent measures to boost economy

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma on Monday, called on the country’s Finance Minister Malusi Gigaba to identify concrete measures to urgently address the economic challenges of the southern African nation, the presidency said in a statement. The move comes three days after S&P Global Ratings downgraded local currency debt to sub-investment grade. Moody’s has also […]

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Angola, South Africa supress entry visa for their respective nationals

South Africa and Angola have concluded a visa exemption agreement under which ordinary passport holders are not required to obtain a visitor’s visa for visits shorter than 30 days. The move comes a day after Angolan president Joao Lourenco arrived in South Africa for a two-day state visit aimed at strengthen cooperation between the two […]

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South Africa expects investments from BRICS countries

South Africa’s energy minister David Mahlobo on Tuesday told parliament that the government is looking to its BRICS partners to help build a new 400,000 barrel per day refinery in the southern African nation. South Africa is at a tipping point regarding its refining capabilities, the minister said. The cost of the new refinery was […]

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