South Africa

South African’s ANC Suffers Worst Election Since Taking Power

By James Macharia JOHANNESBURG, Aug 6 – The African National Congress lost its grip on local government in Tshwane, home of the South African capital Pretoria, as results on Saturday gave the opposition Democratic Alliance a second big win in the ANC’s worst election since the end of apartheid. The results of Wednesday’s voting have

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Britain Warns of Possible Terrorist Attacks in South Africa

By James Macharia JOHANNESBURG, June 6 – Britain has warned of a high threat of attacks against foreigners in popular shopping malls in South Africa in an alert issued at the weekend, when a similar advisory was published by the United States embassy in Pretoria. Africa’s most industrialized country has a significant expatriate and tourist

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S.African President Zuma in Iran to Develop Trade, Political Ties

DUBAI / JOHANNESBURG, April 24 – South African President Jacob Zuma arrived in Iran on Sunday to strengthen political, trade and investment ties after crippling international sanctions against the Islamic Republic were lifted earlier this year, his office said. South Africa is hoping to exploit a market hungry for investment as tens of billions of

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Rapper Mos Def Due in Court for Traveling on “World Passport”

JOHANNESBURG, Jan 20  – Yasiin Bey, the American rapper formerly known as Mos Def, has been charged with violating South Africa’s immigration laws after he was arrested last week trying to leave the country on an unrecognised travel document. Bey, who is free on bail, will appear in court on March 8, officials said on

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South Africa’s Rand Gains After Gordhan Named as Finance Minister

By Tiisetso Motsoeneng and Nqobile Dludla JOHANNESBURG, Dec 14 – South Africa’s rand leapt on Monday after President Jacob Zuma named Pravin Gordhan as finance minister, seeking to draw a line under days of market turmoil that have triggered calls for him to stand down as leader. Zuma appointed the widely respected Gordhan late on

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S. African Court Grants Bail to Pistorius

PRETORIA, Dec 8 -Oscar Pistorius, who murdered his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp on Valentine’s Day 2013, was granted bail on Tuesday and has the freedom of South Africa’s capital Pretoria as he waits to appeal his conviction in April. The Paralympic champion, nicknamed “Blade Runner” because of the prosthetic legs he uses to race, was granted

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