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Two new species of African mole-rat have been discovered by researchers at Queen Mary University of London , together with colleagues in Tanzania and at the University of Pretoria.

- PhysOrg - NL | Zuma congratulates Mogoeng as the new African judicial congress president.

President Jacob Zuma has heartily' congratulated Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng, following his election as the President of the Conference of Constitutional Jurisdictions of Africa.

- - ZA | Zuma's nuclear ambitions dealt blow by court ruling.

The ruling setting aside government's nuclear deals signed with vendor countries is a major blow for President Jacob Zuma and his allies, says political analyst Somadoda Fikeni.

- Fin24 - SA | No secret nuclear deal, court ruling must be appealed - expert.

An expert has lashed out at the anti-nuclear lobby for implying that South African nuclear professionals are incompetent, and has rubbished claims of a secret nuclear deal.

- Fin24 - SA | Zuma said to plan meeting to reassure business leaders.

President Jacob Zuma will meet members of the CEO Initiative to assure them of the government's willingness to bolster investor confidence, says a person familiar with the matter.

- Fin24 - SA | It's Zuma or SA, says Maimane.

Democratic Alliance leader Mmusi Maimane challenged ANC parliamentarians to make a choice between President Jacob Zuma and all of South Africa when it comes to an upcoming motion of no confidence vote.

- - ZA | We must never apologise for righting the wrongs of apartheid - Premier Mathabatha.

South Africans must never apologise for wanting to fix the wrongs of apartheid's economic exclusion of black people in the country, Limpopo Premier Stan Mathabatha says.

- - ZA | WRAP - Calls for a Zuma-free SA on Freedom Day.

Freedom Day has been marked by the jokes and jeering of a defiant President Jacob Zuma, as various detractors continued a chorus of calls for his political demise.

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South Africa to launch new T20 league.

Johannesburg, April 27 The deadline for submission of ownership bid documents for franchisee teams in South Africa's new Twenty20 league will expire on Friday, the country's cricket board announced on Thursday. The tournament is scheduled to start in early November and the final slated for December 16. "The countdown to ...

- Yahoo! News - US

Zuma refuses to hand 'intelligence report' to DA.

President Jacob Zuma refuses to urgently furnish the DA with documents on which he allegedly based his decision to fire Pravin Gordhan and his deputy.

- Cape Times - SA | CWU letter asking to bounce Zuma from May Day rally emerges.

A letter in which the CWU requested Cosatu to not allow President Jacob Zuma to attend its May Day celebrations has emerged on social media.

- - ZA | While others are throwing insults in Pretoria, we're celebrating – Zuma

President Jacob Zuma took a jibe at the anti-Zuma protestors who spent lots of money just to insult a certain party and individual instead of celebrating Freedom Day'.

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Gift Ngoepe: First Africa-born player in top-flight baseball

South African Gift Ngoepe has been trying to break into Major League Baseball for many years.

- BBC - UK

Universal doubles NCC reserves

South Africa-focused coal miner Universal Coal has doubled the ore reserve at its New Clydesdale colliery, in South Africa. Universal on Thursday reported a 28.94-million tonne increase in the ore reserves at New Clydesdale, taking the ore reserve estimate to 58.24-million tonnes and confirming a mine life of more than ...

- Mining Weekly - ZA | We are not fools - Sadtu on Zuma

Western Cape members of the SA Democratic Teacher's Association strongly criticised the way the ANC is handling the controversies around President Jacob Zuma, at a lecture in memory of late party stalwart Oliver Tambo.

- - ZA | Mandela's memory evoked at anti-Zuma rally

Having failed to implement Nelson Mandela's vision, President Jacob Zuma must step down, the late president's assistant Zelda La Grange, said at a freedom movement rally in Pretoria.

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A Punch in the Face Was Just the Start of the Alt-Right's Attack on a Berkeley Protester

A video of Nathan Damigo and Emily Rose Marshall during the street fighting in Berkeley on April 15 went viral. Stephen Lam/Reuters via ZUMA Press) On Saturday, April 15, Emily Rose Marshall drove up to Berkeley, California, from Los Angeles with a group of friends who were part of the anarchist Oak Roots Collective. They ...

- Mother Jones - US

Lack of trust in internet will impact digital economy

South Africans are 68% more likely to use their phones for online payments.

- IOL - ZA | 5 most expensive double-cab bakkies in SA

With the arrival of the new Volkswagen Amarok in South Africa, Charlen Raymond lists five of SA's most expensive double-cab bakkies.

- - ZA | Should white people celebrate Freedom Day?

The 27th of April marks our country's first post-apartheid elections held on this day in 1994, writes Mondli Zondo.

- - ZA | LIVE: 'In 2019 the ANC will be punished' - UDM

The Freedom Movement and several political parties will hold a mass rally against President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria today.

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Berkeley River Lodge, Western Australia: Lap of luxury at the edge of the world

It's 39 degrees when our light plane takes off from Kununurra in the remote north-east Kimberley of Western Australia, but my friends and I are distracted from the searing late dry season heat by the in-flight entertainment: widescreen views of Ord-irrigated farms, the massive Carlton Hill cattle station and the olive green ...

- Stuff - NZ

South African court declares nuclear plan with Russia unlawful

CAPE TOWN, - A South African pact with Russia's Rosatom to build nuclear reactors was deemed unlawful by a High Court on Wednesday, casting fresh doubt over the country's energy plans.

- Stabroek News - GY

South African Baseball Player Makes Major League History, Adds a Hit

South African Gift Ngoepe became the first person born on the African continent to appear in a Major League Baseball game. He made his debut for the Pittsburgh Pirates Wednesday night. The 27-year-old infielder also got his first Major League hit when he knocked a single through the infield into center field in the fourth ...

- Voice of America - US

IPL's Daredevils sign Samuels to replace injured de Kock

- Indian Premier League side Delhi Daredevils have signed West Indies all-rounder Marlon Samuels to replace injured South African wicketkeeper Quinton de Kock for the remainder of the tournament.

- Reuters - US

Covington hires Chadbourne quartet ahead of office launches

Covington & Burling has hired a four-partner team from Chadbourne & Parke, with new office openings in Dubai and Johannesburg. The post Covington hires Chadbourne quartet ahead of office launches appeared first on The Lawyer | Legal News and Jobs | Advancing the business of law.

- The Lawyer - US | LIVE: Freedom Day rally in Pretoria against Zuma

The Freedom Movement and several political parties will hold a mass rally against President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria today.

- - ZA | Zuma's nuclear ambitions dealt blow by court ruling

The ruling setting aside with government's nuclear deals signed with vendor countries is a major blow for President Jacob Zuma and his allies, says political analyst Somadoda Fikeni.

- Fin24 - SA

Nadal wins on own court

Rafael Nadal saw off Rogerio Dutra Silva 6-1 6-2 yesterday to reach the last 16 of the Barcelona Open, while Andy Murray advanced after opponent Bernard Tomic withdrew. Playing on the newly renamed Rafa Nadal court at the Real Club de Tenis, the Spaniard made light work of his Brazilian opponent to set up a tie against ...

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Scientists Report Progress on Malaria Treatment Tests

Scientists at the University of Cape Town in South Africa say they have tested a new experimental drug they believe could not only treat but also eradicate malaria, a deadly disease that strikes 200 million people each year. The compound has worked successfully in mice and monkeys. If it proves successful in humans, it ...

- Voice of America - US

Humans Mastered Advanced Weapon-Making Technique 77,000 Years Ago

The discovery of 25 dangerously pointy stone weapons in a South African cave shows that humans mastered a complex weapon-creating technique during the Stone Age, some 77,000 years ago, according to a new study.

- - US | Cape Town airport faces land claim

A Cape Town family is still waiting for a land claim on Cape Town International Airport to be settled.

- - ZA | Freedom Movement and political parties to hold Freedom Day rally

The Freedom Movement and several political parties will hold a mass rally against President Jacob Zuma in Pretoria on Thursday.

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Kenyan voters need to resist the allure of voting for the usual suspects

Kenyan voters queue to cast their ballots during the 2013 general election. Thomas Mukoya/ReutersFledgling democracies in Africa tend to experience cyclical radical shifts between democratic booms and the doldrums. This suggests that the democratisation process in some parts of the continent is erratic. However, there are ...

- The Conversation - UK

Junior iron-ore miner outlines ambitious aims, supports local steel production

Junior iron-ore miner Manngwe Mining plans to expand its asset base and increase production at its existing operation over the next five years to provide integrated steel and mining company ArcelorMittal South Africa with between four-million and five-million tons of iron-ore a year. Speaking at the official opening of the ...

- Mining Weekly - ZA

South Deep output 43% down, costs 56% up – Gold Fields

Quarter-on-quarter gold production at the South Deep gold mine fell 43% in the first three months of 2017, when costs soared 56%, Gold Fields reported on Wednesday. All-in costs at the mechanised mine, located 45 km southwest of Johannesburg, rose to a high level of $1 821/oz in the first quarter, on a steep production ...

- Mining Weekly - ZA

Brand SA: Work to preserve 'hard earned freedom'

South Africans need to work to preserve the country's "hard earned freedom", Brand South Africa says.

- Cape Times - SA

South Africa's nuclear deals unlawful, court rules

A court annuls initial agreement reached with Russia, the US and South Korea to build nuclear plants.

- BBC - UK

South32 amends coal and metals output expectation

In addition to revising its full-year output guidance for the Cannington multi-metals mine, in Queensland, diversified spin-off South32 has also revised its full year production guidance for its South African energy coal operations. Following a fire at the Cannington mine in April this year, South32 reduced its full-year ...

- Mining Weekly - ZA

These 77,000-year-old stone tools are the oldest, most sophisticated ever discovered in South Africa

Precisely honed lethal stone tools have been discovered in the Sibudu Cave in South Africa dating back to the Middle Stone Age in the region. Sophisticated methods to hone sharper and more deadly stone weapons is thought to have come much later. The previous earliest stone tools of this kind at the site were 65,000 years ...

- Yahoo! News - US

This creepy face hiding in a lamp post is freaking the internet out

The town of Salem, Massachusetts is infamous for spooky happenings, so when the mayor shares a creepy photo of a face hidden in a lamppost, people are going to take note. Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll tweeted out an eerie photo of a lamppost on Wednesday that appeared to have a ghostly face trapped inside. SEE ALSO: A 'ghost' ...

- Mashable! - US

South32 cuts guidance for some commodities

South 32 has cut full-year production targets for several commodities after disruptions at its South Africa and Western Australia operations.

- The Sydney Morning Herald - AU

One South African gold miner unveils a never-before attempted plan to deal with illegal mining at its operations

Reuters/Mike HutchingsSmall-scale mining is a growing issue across Africa. With regulators in Ghana this week making their first moves to shut down artisanal operations — part of an emerging campaign against environmental damage. And in Africa's top gold-producing nation, South Africa, things are getting even more ...

- Business Insider - US

U.S. diplomat discusses peace talks in Khartoum

April 26, 2017 - The representative of the Office of the U.S. Special Envoy for Sudan and South Sudan Paul Steven, Wednesday has discussed with government officials and opposition parties issues of peace and the ongoing developments in the country. The American diplomat discussed with the Sudanese presidential aide Ibrahim ...

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Some African states oppose a return by South Sudan rebel Machar - U.N. | Reuters

By Michelle Nichols | UNITED NATIONS UNITED NATIONS East African states and South Africa believe that allowing South Sudanese rebel leader Riek Machar to return to the war-torn country would not "necessarily be positive at this stage," said United Nations envoy David Shearer on Wednesday.Machar, who fled to Democratic ...

- Firstpost - IN

South African cave yields Middle Stone Age projectiles

The chronology of advancements in stone knapping technology isn't well understood but a new discovery in a Souther African cave is offering some clarity.

- UPI - US

Early evidence of Middle Stone Age projectiles found in South Africa's Sibudu Cave

Innovations in stone knapping technology during the South African Middle Stone Age enabled the creation of early projectile weapons, according to a study.

- ScienceDaily - US

Impact of Zuma's visit to Kenya fruitful

Visa processing time has been reduced from seven to five days.

- Daily Nation - KE | Cosatu must bar Zuma from speaking at May Day celebrations - Nehawu

Cosatu's biggest affiliate Nehawu has written to the federation, demanding that President Jacob Zuma be replaced as main speaker at its May Day celebrations.

- - ZA | Attorney names murderer before dying

The last words of fatally injured Sam Ntsoko was to tell the police, "Nico did it" and before anyone could help, he died in a Pretoria law firm's parking area.

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