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South Africa: Republic in the southernmost part of Africa
South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; to the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini (Swaziland); and it surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho. South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa and the 25th-largest country in the world by land area and, with over 57 million people, is the world's 24th-most populous nation. It is the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World or the Eastern Hemisphere. About 80 percent of South Africans are of Bantu ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different African languages, nine of which have official status. The remaining population consists of Africa's largest communities of European, Asian (Indian), and multiracial (Coloured) ancestry.

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South African court rules display of apartheid flag constitutes hate speech

A South African court on Wednesday ruled that displaying the country's apartheid-era flag in public constituted hate speech that discriminated against black people and violated equality laws.
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South African court sets aside arms deal inquiry findings

South Africa's High Court on Wednesday set aside the findings of an inquiry that found no evidence of corruption in an arms deal in the 1990s linked to former president Jacob Zuma.
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Videos for South Africa

Springboks, Argentina ready for rugby battle [Video]Springboks, Argentina ready for rugby battle

Argentina are heading to South Africa to 'prove a point' and avenge a home drubbing, according to Springboks captain Schalk Brits.

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Semenya says she never felt supported by other women [Video]Semenya says she never felt supported by other women

Controversial athlete Caster Semenya criticises other women athletes for their lack of support.

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In South Africa, job crunch makes life tough [Video]In South Africa, job crunch makes life tough

With the unemployment rate climbing to its highest levels since 2008, 6.7 million South Africans are struggling to put food on the table. Francesca Lynagh reports.

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A cash cow? App sells investors shares in cattle [Video]A cash cow? App sells investors shares in cattle

A South African app is selling shares in individual cows and promising impressive returns. Sam Holder reports.

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South Africa introduces new carbon tax to fight climate change [Video]South Africa introduces new carbon tax to fight climate change

Industry experts warn, in a country with a high unemployment rate, carbon taxes are anti-growth, anti-jobs and anti-investment.

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All Blacks skipper relishing Springboks clash [Video]All Blacks skipper relishing Springboks clash

Kieran Read says rivalry with South Africans is 'massive' and he is happy playing as number eight

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Moore and Medina sweeo up at Jeffreys Bay [Video]Moore and Medina sweeo up at Jeffreys Bay

Defending world champions Carissa Moore and Gabriel Medina score victories in the Jeffreys Bay surf.

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South African president 'misled' parliament about donation: Watchdog [Video]South African president 'misled' parliament about donation: Watchdog

Report by public protector on president comes as predecessor threatens to abandon testimony to commission probing graft allegations.

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Egypt revenue $83 million during Africa Cup: CAF President [Video]Egypt revenue $83 million during Africa Cup: CAF President

CAF chief says revenue is up for the Africa Cup of Nations in Egypt.

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Singer Johnny Clegg, South Africa's 'White Zulu', dies at 66 [Video]Singer Johnny Clegg, South Africa's 'White Zulu', dies at 66

Clegg was one of the few white artists to openly confront South Africa's apartheid government in the 1970s and 1980s.

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A factory goes from Viet Cong to Team USA [Video]A factory goes from Viet Cong to Team USA

X40 was the code name for a factory in Hanoi that used to make military uniforms for the North Vietnamese army. Now it makes a very different kind of uniform. Grace Lee reports.

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Can South Africa’s army solve Cape Town gang violence? [Video]Can South Africa’s army solve Cape Town gang violence?

South Africa's government has sought to reassure people living in Cape Town over its deployment of the army in the city, saying it is a temporary measure.

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South Africa's Jacob Zuma tells inquiry he's victim of conspiracy [Video]South Africa's Jacob Zuma tells inquiry he's victim of conspiracy

Ex-president tells corruption inquiry enemies seeking his removal subjected him to 'character assassination'.

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South Africa corruption: Jacob Zuma to attend gov't inquiry [Video]South Africa corruption: Jacob Zuma to attend gov't inquiry

South Africa's former President Jacob Zuma is due to appear for the first of five days before a judicial enquiry into government corruption.

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Cape Town violence: Army deployed on streets 'temporarily' [Video]Cape Town violence: Army deployed on streets 'temporarily'

South Africa's government takes aim at gang violence on the streets of Cape Town.

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Marler comes out of retirement to be named in England's World Cup training squad [Video]Marler comes out of retirement to be named in England's World Cup training squad

Joe Marler has come out of retirement to be named in England's Rugby World Cup training squad. Harlequins prop Marler last featured for England against South Africa in June 2018 before retiring due to..

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Who needs imports? South Africa's craft gin distillers are booming [Video]Who needs imports? South Africa's craft gin distillers are booming

The rapid growth of craft gin in South Africa is opening up an industry that was previously dominated by beer. Serena Chaudhry reports.

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South Africa strike: Miners stand against harassment [Video]South Africa strike: Miners stand against harassment

Hundreds of striking miners in South Africa have spent more than a week underground.

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Toledo and Fitzgibbons claim wins at WSL Rio Pro [Video]Toledo and Fitzgibbons claim wins at WSL Rio Pro

Brazil's Filipe Toledo and Australian Sally Fitzgibbons claim wins at the World Surf League Rio Pro

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Traditional horse-racing in South Africa's Eastern Cape

Traditional horse-racing by Xhosa men in South Africa's Eastern Cape.
BBC News - Published

South Africa to take 'affordable' approach to nuclear: minister

South Africa will not adopt a "big bang" approach to building new nuclear power capacity but instead add capacity in an affordable way, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Public Protector hit with second punitive costs order

A South Africa court on Thursday awarded a second punitive costs order against the country's top anti-corruption official, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, after finding an investigation conducted..
Reuters - Published

Sinead Moodliar: British student swept to sea when watching sunrise

Sinead Moodliar was on holiday in South Africa when she died in a "tragic, catastrophic accident".
BBC News - Published

South Africa's Ramaphosa wins latest round of legal fight with anti-corruption watchdog

President Cyril Ramaphosa won the latest round of a legal battle with South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog on Monday, as a judge delayed implementation of findings linked to its claim that he misled..
Reuters - Published

Ramaphosa asks court to seal certain documents in legal battle: reports

Lawyers for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa have asked a court to seal financial records held by the country's corruption watchdog because they were obtained unlawfully, online news site Times..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Ramaphosa wins court case against anti-graft watchdog

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa won a court case against the anti-corruption watchdog on Thursday over a matter concerning ally Pravin Gordhan, ahead of a fresh battle over findings against the..
Reuters - Published

South Africa release head coach Gibson

Ottis Gibson, who has been linked with replacing Trevor Bayliss as England coach, is released from his role with South Africa.
BBC News - Published

Mozambique to fight for extradition of former finance minister over debt scandal

Mozambique's government is to fight for the extradition from South Africa of former finance minister Manuel Chang, who the United States is seeking to put on trial, according to a letter from a law..
Reuters - Published

South African lawmakers to discuss fitness for office of anti-graft watchdog

A South African parliamentary committee will discuss a request to look into the fitness to hold office of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane after a recess period, most likely in early September, the..
Reuters - Published

South African corruption fighter seen amplifying ANC battles

To allies of President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog is a wrecking ball who is abusing her office and could derail efforts to clean up government and turn the economy around...
Reuters - Published

Ramaphosa is 'last hope' for South Africa, Chinese diplomat says

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is the "last hope" for Africa's most advanced economy, but his government must turn incentive policies into laws to secure more Chinese investment, a senior..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Gordhan wins reprieve from public protector's orders

South African minister Pravin Gordhan won a bid to avoid imminent disciplinary action on Monday after a court suspended orders from the public protector, in a relief for ally President Cyril Ramaphosa.
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South African court suspends public protector's orders against Gordhan

A South African court on Monday suspended the public protector's orders for disciplinary action against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, a relief for President Cyril Ramaphosa who is..
Reuters - Published

Cape Town - tourist hotspot where eight people are murdered a day

Cape Town in South Africa is well-known tourist hotspot, but is also one of the world's most dangerous cities.
BBC News - Published

Gunmen kidnap two workers at Banro Corp east Congo mine: army

Gunmen kidnapped a South African and one Zimbabwean worker at Banro Corp's gold mine in the east Congolese province of Maniema on Sunday, an army spokesman said.
Reuters - Published

South Africa presidential panel backs limited land seizures

White people, who make up just 9% of the population, own 72% of the farmland.
BBC News - Published

Former South African opposition leader Zille joins free market think tank

The former head of South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party and ex-premier of the Western Cape province, Helen Zille, will join think tank the Institute of Race Relations..
Reuters - Published

I only exchanged pleasantries with Guptas, South Africa's Ramaphosa tells inquiry

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told an inquiry into state corruption that he had met and exchanged pleasantries in the past with members of the Gupta family, friends of former president Jacob..
Reuters - Published

Racists climb on to South African man's bonnet, smash windscreen and order him to 'go back to Poland'

'They obviously didn't recognise his accent,' says colleague of school security guard who was punched and threatened
Independent - Published

Johannesburg power body hit by ransomware attack

City Power, responsible for powering South Africa's financial capital Johannesburg, said on Thursday it had been hit by a ransomware virus that had encrypted all of its databases, applications and..
Reuters - Published

U.S. blocks U.N. rebuke of Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes: diplomats

The United States on Wednesday blocked an attempt by Kuwait, Indonesia and South Africa to get the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel's demolition of Palestinian homes on the outskirts..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's anti-graft chief Busisiwe Mkwebane 'lied under oath'

Busisiwe Mkwebane is accused of being involved in a dirty-tricks campaign against President Ramaphosa.
BBC News - Published

South African court ruling could undermine public protector

South Africa's top court ruled on Monday that an anti-corruption official who has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of serious misconduct had acted in bad faith when investigating an apartheid-era bank..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's top court says public protector acted in bad faith

South Africa's Constitutional Court ruled on Monday that an anti-corruption official who has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of serious misconduct had acted in bad faith when investigating an..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Ramaphosa seeks review of 'flawed' graft watchdog report

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday said he will seek an urgent judicial review of what he described as an irretrievably flawed report in which the country's graft watchdog said he misled..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Cyril President Ramaphosa hits back in corruption row

Cyril Ramaphosa seeks a judicial review of a report that accuses him of misleading parliament.
BBC News - Published

Netball World Cup 2019: Helen Housby doesn't miss a shot as England take bronze

Helen Housby is pinpoint accurate in front of goal as England win bronze against South Africa in the Netball World Cup.
BBC News - Published

Netball World Cup 2019: England beat South Africa to win bronze

England clinch the bronze medal at the Netball World Cup by beating South Africa 58-42 in their play-off match in Liverpool.
BBC News - Published

England beat South Africa to win World Cup bronze

England clinch the bronze medal at the Netball World Cup by beating South Africa 58-42 in their play-off match in Liverpool.
BBC News - Published

South Africa's Ramaphosa dealt twin blows in anti-graft fight

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa suffered two major setbacks on Friday, when he was accused of misleading parliament and his predecessor Jacob Zuma won significant concessions from a corruption..
Reuters - Published

World Cup semi-finals preview: England aiming to reach first final

England take on New Zealand while holders Australia face underdogs South Africa in the semi-finals of the Netball World Cup 2019 in Liverpool.
BBC News - Published

South Africa’s Zuma threatens ANC enemies after graft inquiry adjourns

Former South African president Jacob Zuma threatened enemies in his ruling African National Congress (ANC) party on Friday, after securing a concession on how he is questioned at a corruption inquiry.
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Ramaphosa says finding he misled parliament 'deficient' in fact and in law

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Friday the anti-corruption watchdog's finding that he deliberately misled parliament about donations to his party election campaign was "unfortunate"..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Zuma to cooperate with graft inquiry after threat to pull out

Former South African president Jacob Zuma agreed to continue giving evidence at a public inquiry into state corruption on Friday after earlier complaining of "relentless cross-examination" and saying..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's graft watchdog finds Ramaphosa deliberately misled parliament

South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog said on Friday that President Cyril Ramaphosa had "deliberately misled" parliament about a 500,000 rand ($35,900) donation he received for his 2017 election..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Zuma agrees to continue giving evidence at corruption inquiry

Former South African president Jacob Zuma agreed to continue giving evidence at a corruption inquiry on Friday, withdrawing an earlier refusal to do so after his lawyers reached an agreement with..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's former president Jacob Zuma pulls out of corruption inquiry

South Africa's ex-president Jacob Zuma refuses to give further testimony, citing "relentless cross-examination".
BBC News - Published

Army pulls out of violent Cape Town suburbs after show of force

South African soldiers pulled out of gang-ridden suburbs of Cape Town on Friday after a brief show of force, leaving residents uncertain about what to expect next.
Reuters - Published

South African corruption inquiry adjourned to try to convince Zuma to testify further

South Africa's deputy chief justice Raymond Zondo adjourned a public inquiry into state corruption on Friday to try to find a way to persuade former President Jacob Zuma to continue giving testimony.
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South Africa's Zuma will not participate further in corruption inquiry: lawyer

A lawyer for former South African president Jacob Zuma told a corruption inquiry on Friday that Zuma would not take part in the inquiry further because he felt that he was being questioned unfairly.
Reuters - Published

South African soldiers deployed in Cape Town to help fight gangs

South African soldiers were deployed to gang-ridden Cape Town suburbs on Thursday to help quell escalating violence that has killed hundreds this year and that officials have likened to a war zone, a..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Zuma due back at corruption inquiry after adjournment

Former South African president Jacob Zuma was due back at a public inquiry into state corruption on Friday, after his lawyers requested an adjournment because they said he was being questioned..
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South African corruption inquiry adjourns after Zuma’s lawyers say questioning unfair

A South African judge adjourned until Friday morning a public inquiry into state corruption, after lawyers for former President Jacob Zuma said he was being questioned unfairly.
Reuters - Published

South Africa’s Zuma denies interfering with Transnet CEO appointment

Former South African President Jacob Zuma denied on Wednesday having interfered with the appointment of a chief executive at transport and infrastructure company Transnet, during his third day..
Reuters - Published

Inside the football-mad South Africa township 'too dangerous' for scouts to visit

In one of South Africa's biggest townships, football is an obsession. But its crime rate means talented players go unseen by scouts, who deem it too dangerous to visit.
BBC News - Published

Johnny Clegg, South African musician and activist, dies aged 66

One of South Africa's best-known musicians and anti-apartheid activists dies at the age of 66.
BBC News - Published

South African musician Johnny Clegg dead at 66

South African singer and songwriter Johnny Clegg, one of the few white artists to openly confront the apartheid government in the late 1970s and 1980s, died on Tuesday aged 66, his agent said.
Reuters - Published

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