Latest Southern Africa News

Zimbabwe urges sale of stockpile of seized elephant ivory

May. 17, 2022 07:55 AM EDT

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe is seeking international support to be allowed to sell its stockpile of seized ivory, saying the $600 million it expects to earn is urgently needed for the conservation of its rapidly growing elephant population which it describes as “dangerous.” ...

South Africa in new surge of COVID from versions of omicron

May. 14, 2022 05:39 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is experiencing a surge of new COVID-19 cases driven by two omicron sub-variants, according to health experts. For about three weeks the country has seen increasing numbers of new cases and somewhat higher hospitalizations, but not increases in...

Column: US lands 2031 Rugby World Cup, if anyone cares

May. 13, 2022 16:18 PM EDT

The United States has landed another World Cup. Before you start celebrating or making travel plans, a couple of caveats: It's still more than nine years away. And, uh, it's the Rugby World Cup. The sport that most Americans have only the...

Study: Climate change a major factor in South Africa floods

May. 13, 2022 09:58 AM EDT

MOMBASA, Kenya (AP) — The fatal floods that wreaked havoc in South Africa in mid-April this year have been attributed to human-caused climate change, a rapid analysis published Friday by a team of leading international scientists said. The study by the World Weather Attribution...

South African firm says it may close its COVID vaccine plant

May. 12, 2022 11:59 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The first factory to produce COVID-19 vaccines in Africa says it has not received enough orders and may stop production within weeks, in what a senior World Health Organization official described Thursday as a “failure” in efforts to achieve vaccine equity. ...

Today in History: May 10, transcontinental railroad finished

May. 10, 2022 00:06 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Tuesday, May 10, the 130th day of 2022. There are 235 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 10, 1940, during World War II, German forces began invading the Netherlands, Luxembourg, Belgium and France....

Today in History: May 9, Mandela chosen to lead South Africa

May. 09, 2022 00:03 AM EDT

Today in History Today is Monday, May 9, the 129th day of 2022. There are 236 days left in the year. Today’s Highlight in History: On May 9, 1994, South Africa’s newly elected parliament chose Nelson Mandela to be the country’s first Black...

Dynamo's Hadebe honors mom with career she helped launch

May. 07, 2022 14:27 PM EDT

Teenage Hadebe's golden ticket was a soda his mom bought him as a treat. As a child growing up in Zimbabwe, the Houston Dynamo defender would improvise to play his favorite sport, fashioning whatever was on hand into a ball because his family didn't have the money for one. ...

WHO: COVID continues to decline, except in Americas, Africa

May. 04, 2022 13:32 PM EDT

GENEVA (AP) — The World Health Organization said Wednesday that the number of newly reported coronavirus cases and deaths globally continued to fall in the last week, continuing a decline that first began in March. In its weekly report on the pandemic, the U.N. health agency said...

South Africa's president confronted by daunting challenges

May. 04, 2022 07:03 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Shouted down by angry mineworkers, defied within his party over his anti-corruption drive, derided as ineffective by the opposition — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa faces daunting political challenges. Ramaphosa, 69, has responded with a calm...