South Africa

latest news headlines | It was Zuma v Maimane, but the don escaped again.

It had the potential to be one of the most explosive question sessions President Zuma has faced to date, but the 'teflon don' proved yet again he will not be beaten before his time, writes Paul Herman.

- - ZA | #KnysnaRises: SA shares their most memorable moments.

Knysna and the Garden Route is on a mission to rise against the devastation that the scenic region was recently faced with, and South Africans are in full support.

- - ZA | WATCH: Gone in less than 60 seconds - KZN hijack caught on camera.

Three armed men have been caught on camera hijacking an employee in the parking bay of a company in Isipingo, Durban.

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South Africa reports outbreak of H5N8 bird flu, industry body says.

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa reported an outbreak of highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at a farm in the Free State province, agricultural industry body group AgriSA said on Friday.

- Reuters - US

Much progress in mineworker housing delivery but more needs to be done.

Many migrant employees do not want to permanently settle in mining towns, but prefer to maintain their homes in the rural areas and return to them, says the Chamber of Mines of South Africa, citing its research and experience in the industry. Providing permanent urban dwellings, as well as urban home ownership, is therefore ...

- Mining Weekly - ZA

The Revolutionary Mining Charter is irrational and divisive.

On June 15, 2017, the Mineral Resources Minister announced to South Africa and the whole world the birth of the Reviewed Broad-Based Economic Empowerment Charter for the Mining Industry – the Revolutionary Mining Charter. Unfortunately, the Minister failed to notice that due to complications during the birth process, the ...

- Mining Weekly - ZA | Bok midfield pairing has Coetzee excited.

The partnership between Jesse Kriel and Jan Serfontein in midfield looks set to be a big part of the Springbok side in 2017.

- - ZA | Bok fullback: We're eyeing a whitewash.

Springbok fullback Andries Coetzee says all the boxes have been ticked ahead of Saturday's third and final Test against France in Johannesburg.

- - ZA | Police investigating murder after woman found shot.

Police are investigating a case of murder after the body of a 30-year-old woman was discovered with a fatal bullet wound on the N2 north just after Spagetti Junction.

- - ZA | 5 talking points: All Blacks v Lions.

Five talking points ahead of the first Test between the All Blacks and the British and Irish Lions in Auckland on Saturday:

- - ZA | Unsupervised post-mortems conducted in WC due to overwhelming workloads - claim.

Untrained forensic officers with only matric qualifications and driver's licences have been dissecting organs from corpses at the Tygerberg mortuary without supervision for well over 10 years, a forensic officer has claimed.

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PICS, VIDEO: Car smashes through roof of Durban home

Paramedics had to clamber over rubble with their equipment to get to the female driver before she could be stabilised

- Cape Times - SA | Masire 'was instrumental in fight against apartheid in SA'

South Africa's High Commission to Botswana, Mdu Lembede, has reportedly said that the late Botswana president Sir Ketumile Masire was instrumental in the fight against apartheid in South Africa.

- - ZA | There's more to state capture than meets the eye

Jacob Zuma's project to sell South Africa's sovereignty could involve rigging the ANC elections in 2017, and even the national elections in 2019, writes Sipho Pityana.

- - ZA | PICS: Durban woman lands her car inside a house

A woman who allegedly failed to stop at a T-junction has crashed her car through a boundary wall and smashed through the roof of a house.

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Kuala Lumpur named the best city to rent in the world

MALAYSIA's capital has been named on one index as the best city of opportunity for renters in the world above Moscow and Johannesburg. A new study of housing affordability by US-based apartment search website RENTCafé ranked Kuala Lumpur the best city worldwide to live in terms of relative rental costs. Locals in the ...

- Asian Correspondent - HK

Ford recalls 15,600 cars in South Africa over fire risk

JOHANNESBURG - Ford Motor Co is recalling nearly 16,000 Ikon and Figo models in South Africa due to a potential fire risk, it said on Friday.

- Reuters - US | Confirmed: Boks v All Blacks at Newlands

The Springboks will host New Zealand at Newlands in Cape Town in this year's Rugby Championship, SA Rugby has confirmed.

- - ZA | Fordyce attacked while on morning run

World renowned ultra-distance legend, South Africa's Bruce Fordyce, has been attacked and assaulted while on a Friday morning run.

- - ZA | The rise and fall of Zuma the Invincible

Jacob Zuma's ascendance to the highest office in the land was coupled with the development of a myth of invincibility around him. Eight years later he is writing the final chapters of his own destruction, writes Mpumelelo Mkhabela.

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Ketumile Masire, former Botswana president, dies at age 91

JOHANNESBURG — Authorities in Botswana say former president Ketumile Masire has died at the age of 91 after an illness.

- Billings Gazette - US

South Africa reports outbreak of H5N8 bird flu, industry body says

JOHANNESBURG - South Africa reported an outbreak of a highly pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at a farm in the Free State province, an agricultural industry body group, AgriSA, said on Friday.

- Reuters - US | 31 stats and facts: Springboks v France

31 stats and facts ahead of Saturday's Springboks v France clash at Ellis Park in Johannesburg.

- - ZA | Ford fire-risk recall in SA: 15 600 Figo, Ikon cars affected

Ford South Africa has issued a recall, this time affecting 15 600 entry-level Figo and Ikon models, due to a potential fire-risk.

- - ZA | Domingo on emergency flight back to SA

Proteas coach Russell Domingo has had to urgently fly back to South Africa after his mother was critically injured in an accident.

- - ZA | SARB isn't crippling growth in SA - economist

The SA Reserve Bank should be regarded as an enabler for South Africa to successfully meet its growth and transformation challenges, says economist Kenneth Creamer.

- Fin24 - SA

England vs South Africa, 2nd T20: Where to watch live, preview, betting odds, prediction and team news

England lead the series 1-0 after their 9-wicket win in the first game.

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China Aims For Market Share In African Refining Sector

On 22 March 2017, Sinopec agreed a deal to buy out Chevron's downstream businesses in South Africa and Botswana, in China's first major investment into the downstream oil industry in Africa. Although China already has an extensive footprint in Africa, the majority of these operations have been confined to the upstream ...

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South Africa's central bank row points to dangerous levels of intolerance

Reserve Bank Governor Lesetja Kganyago. The role of South Africa's central bank is at the centre of a heated debate. Reuters/Siphiwe SibekoWhat kind of financial system is sure to collapse if the central bank cares about people's well-being? The recommendation by South Africa's Public Protector that the Reserve Bank's ...

- The Conversation - UK

A public protector's job is to make sure people stick to the law - not to change it

Busisiwe Mkhwebane, the public protector of South Africa. EPA/Nic BothmaSouth Africa's Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane has directed a parliamentary portfolio committee to initiate proceedings to amend a clause in the country's Constitution that sets out the primary aim of the country's Reserve Bank. As many commentators ...

- The Conversation - UK

Why competition is key to cutting the cost of cancer drugs in South Africa

Shutterstock South Africa's Competition Commission has launched an investigation into excessive pricing by three major pharmaceutical companies that have the sole rights to distribute cancer drugs in the country. The commission's job is to protect ordinary South Africans from abuse by dominant players. It has powers to ...

- The Conversation - UK

There are dangers behind giving South African MPs the right to a secret ballot

South Africa's Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng making a ruling on secret ballots in Parliament at the Constitutional Court in Johannesburg. Siphiwe Sibeko/ReutersIt happened as many suspected it would. South Africa's Constitutional Court ordered that, despite the Constitution's silence on the matter, the speaker of parliament ...

- The Conversation - UK | Deaths from Venezuelan anti-government protests up to 75

A 22-year-old man was shot dead during an anti-government protest in Caracas, becoming the 75th victim in three months of unrest over the rule of President Nicolas Maduro.

- - ZA | Boks eager to set the record straight

The Springboks are hunting a 3-0 series victory over France at a ground they have never beaten the tourists.

- - ZA | Mbeki 'is one of Africa's rare breed of politicians, a principled pan-Africanist'

Former president Thabo Mbeki has been lauded for urging South Africans not to interfere in Zimbabwean affairs, a report says.

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ANC KZN formally back Dlamini Zuma to lead the party

KwaZulu-Natal is the first province to give Nkosazana Dlamini Zuma the nod.

- Cape Times - SA

Zuma won't shoulder blame for credit rating downgrades

President Jacob Zuma has scoffed at suggestions that he should personally be held responsible for the country's recent credit rating downgrades.

- Cape Times - SA

Mufumadi: Mbete can't deny secret ballot

Motion of no confidence in President Jacob Zuma is an opportunity for ANC MPs to redeem themselves in their constituencies, says ANC's Sydney Mufumadi.

- Cape Times - SA

Ford recalls Figo and Ikon models

Ford South Africa has reportedly announced a fire-risk related recall of Ford Figo and Ikon models.

- Cape Times - SA

Mining sector faces unrest and other woes

The proliferation of illegal mining incidents, community unrest are some of the problems that have increased risk in mining in South Africa.

- Cape Times - SA

#SecretBallot ruling impacts on Rand

The Rand rallied as investors cheered a ConCourt ruling that parliament could hold a secret ballot in a no-confidence vote against President Zuma

- Cape Times - SA

Civil society takes Atha-Africa to court

A coalition of eight civil society and community organisations has launched proceedings in the Pretoria High Court against India-owned mining company Atha-Africa Ventures, asking the court to stop the miner from starting any activities inside the Mabola protected environment, located outside Wakkerstroom, in Mpumalanga. The ...

- Mining Weekly - ZA

Implats general meeting to vote on new share issue

Platinum mining and marketing company Impala Platinum on Thursday announced details of an annual general meeting to approve the issuing of 175-million new shares. The Johannesburg Stock Exchange-listed company said shareholders would be convened on July 24 to vote on resolutions authorising:

- Mining Weekly - ZA

Zuma backs Zwane on new Mining Charter

President Jacob Zuma on Thursday threw his weight behind the controversial revised Mining Charter published by Mineral Resources Minister Mosebenzi Zwane. Yes, I believe firstly, the minister gave the briefing and consultation, including the cabinet and what the minister is doing has been approved by the Cabinet,' Zuma said ...

- Mining Weekly - ZA

South Africa court allows secret Zuma no-confidence vote

It is up to South Africa's parliamentary Speaker to decide whether the vote will be held in secret.

- BBC - UK | Mixed reactions to ConCourt's ruling on Zuma vote of no confidence

The ANC Women's League has welcomed the ruling that Speaker Baleka Mbete has the power to decide on allowing MPs to vote by secret ballot, but Save South Africa says it emphasises that MPs must put their country first.

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Echo Investment sells EPP shares for €49 mln

WSE-listed real estate group Echo Investment sold 40 million shares of its subsidiary Echo Polska Properties for €49 million. EPP is minority-owned by Echo, the majority is controlled by South African REIT Redefine, which allowed for the transaction to go through as it had the lock up r...

- Warsaw Business Journal - PL | A snapshot of the Mother City's property scene for Joburgers

Many Gauteng residents dream of moving to Cape Town one day. But it is important to keep in mind that property prices in this city far outstrip those of Jozi.

- Fin24 - SA | JSE-listed firms must disclose empowerment status

Companies listed on the Johannesburg Stock Exchange will have to publish a compliance report on their broad-based black economic empowerment status.

- Fin24 - SA