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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...

Protesting miners stop speech by South Africa's president

May. 01, 2022 13:52 PM EDT

RUSTENBURG, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa abandoned his Workers’ Day speech in the northwestern city of Rustenburg on Sunday when striking mineworkers stormed the stage. The workers employed by Sibanye-Stillwater mine are demanding a wage increase of...

Russia's standing in G-20 not threatened by Ukraine invasion

Apr. 23, 2022 08:54 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — The last time Russia invaded Ukraine, in 2014, outraged world leaders booted Russia out of the Group of Eight industrialized nations, which quickly rebranded itself the Group of Seven. Eight years later, the G-7 is still holding at seven — a collection of...

Floods in South Africa's Durban area kill more than 340

Apr. 14, 2022 15:12 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Heavy rains and flooding have killed at least 341 people in South Africa's eastern KwaZulu-Natal province, including the city of Durban, and more rainstorms are forecast in the coming days. The death toll is expected to rise as scores of people, including whole...

Flooding continues in South Africa's Durban area; 259 dead

Apr. 13, 2022 17:29 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Flooding in South Africa's Durban area has taken at least 259 lives and is a “catastrophe of enormous proportions,” President Cyril Ramaphosa said Wednesday. “This disaster is part of climate change. It is telling us that climate change is serious, it is...

Migrants to South Africa face threats, says Amnesty report

Apr. 13, 2022 13:00 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Migrants in South Africa are living in fear of attacks and even death, Amnesty International said Wednesday, days after a Zimbabwean man was burned to death amid renewed violence against foreigners in some poor neighborhoods of Johannesburg. Zimbabweans, who...

Citing decreasing COVID cases, South Africa ends emergency

Apr. 05, 2022 13:44 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — With declining cases of COVID-19, South Africa on Tuesday ended its national state of disaster, the legal framework used for two years to impose restrictions to combat the pandemic. South African sports fans can now return to stadiums in large numbers to watch...

Amid dropping COVID cases, South Africa loosens restrictions

Mar. 23, 2022 09:19 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — With declining cases of COVID-19, South Africa's president has announced that it is no longer mandatory to wear masks outdoors and vaccinated travelers entering the country are no longer required to produce a negative PCR tests. The relaxed restrictions will...

Africa mostly quiet amid widespread condemnation of Russia

Mar. 19, 2022 04:26 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni recently remarked that Russia's war on Ukraine should be seen in the context of Moscow being the “center of gravity” for Eastern Europe. His son, Lt. Gen. Muhoozi Kainerugaba, was more forceful, declaring that most...

South Africa's president appoints new chief justice

Mar. 10, 2022 12:34 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has appointed Raymond Zondo as the country’s new chief justice. Ramaphosa also said Thursday that Mandisa Maya will be deputy chief justice, the first Black female in that position. The chief justice is...