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African Development Bank approves $1B loan to South Africa's state-owned rail and ports company

Jul. 18, 2024 09:16 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The African Development Bank said Thursday it had approved a $1 billion loan to South Africa's state-owned rail and ports company, Transnet. The 25-year loan was wholly guaranteed by the South African government and will help finance the first phase...

South Africa's president to open Parliament after historic election created a coalition government

Jul. 18, 2024 06:55 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa will open a new parliamentary term Thursday to mark the official start of business for his 11-party coalition government, an uneasy union brought together by an historic election result. Ramaphosa's speech will...

Uncertainty is the winner and incumbents the losers so far in a year of high-stakes global elections

Jul. 18, 2024 00:41 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Discontented, economically squeezed voters have turned against sitting governments on both right and left during many of the dozens of elections held this year, as global power blocs shift and political certainties crumble. From India to South Africa to Britain,...

Former South African president Zuma faces expulsion from the ANC after joining a rival party

Jul. 17, 2024 12:57 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Former South African President Jacob Zuma's disciplinary hearing with the African National Congress was postponed Wednesday for more arguments, as he faces expulsion for campaigning against the organization he once led as head of a new political party in national...

Soros' Open Society Foundations say their restructuring is complete and pledge $400M for green jobs

Jul. 16, 2024 09:06 AM EDT

NEW YORK (AP) — Open Society Foundations, the philanthropic organizations that billionaire investor George Soros has built up since the 1970s, revealed its first new major commitment on Tuesday after a years-long internal reorganization, pledging $400 million over eight years to support green...

6 firefighters have died battling a bushfire in South Africa after storms batter other areas

Jul. 15, 2024 14:08 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Six firefighters have died battling a bushfire in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province of South Africa and another two are in a critical condition, emergency services said Monday. Authorities said they suspect that Sunday's fire may have been started by...

This nearly 10-foot Gatsby sub is made by a South African restaurant with a taste for the supersized

Jul. 12, 2024 03:14 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The idea came — as the nutty ones often do — over a few drinks in a bar. A South African restaurant served up a 3-meter-long (9.8 feet) sandwich recently in the latest offering from an establishment with a taste for the supersized. The giant...

South Africa's Cape Town is hit by more storms, with 4,500 people displaced by floods and damage

Jul. 11, 2024 11:48 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — The South African city of Cape Town and surrounding areas were hit by more storms Thursday that ripped roofs off houses and caused widespread flooding, forcing at least 4,500 people out of their homes and damaging at least 15,000 structures, authorities said. The...

12 schoolchildren and their driver are killed when their minibus crashes in South Africa

Jul. 10, 2024 12:48 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Twelve schoolchildren and their driver were killed in South Africa on Wednesday when their minibus overturned and caught fire on a road in Gauteng province, officials said. The accident took place a day after schools reopened after the winter holidays. Seven...

Today in History: July 10, the Battle of Britain begins in World War II

Jul. 10, 2024 00:07 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Wednesday, July 10, the 192nd day of 2024. There are 174 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On July 10, 1940, during World War II, the Battle of Britain began as the German Luftwaffe launched attacks on...