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South Africa’s troubled airline cancels flights pre-strike

Nov. 14, 2019 2:24 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s troubled state-owned airline has begun canceling flights after two unions announced their workers would go on strike to protest nearly 1,000 expected job cuts. South African Airways has warned that the strike that begins Friday morning “endangers the future...

US ‘gravely disappointed’ by South Sudan unity gov’t delay

Nov. 13, 2019 12:02 PM EST

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — The United States said Wednesday it is “gravely disappointed” and will reevaluate its relationship with South Sudan over the failure of its rival leaders to form a coalition government according to the country’s fragile peace accord. President Salva Kiir and...

Zimbabwe says 200 elephants have now died amid drought

Nov. 12, 2019 9:12 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — More than 200 elephants have died amid a severe drought, Zimbabwe's parks agency said on Tuesday, and a mass relocation of animals is planned to ease congestion. Zimbabwe National Parks and Wildlife Management Authority spokesman Tinashe Farawo said at least 200 elephants have died...

Special South African gin is infused with elephant dung

Nov. 12, 2019 7:10 AM EST

MOSSEL BAY, South Africa (AP) — The makers of a South African gin infused with elephant dung swear their use of the animal's excrement is no gimmick. The creators of Indlovu Gin, Les and Paula Ansley, stumbled across the idea a year ago after learning that elephants eat a variety of fruits and flowers and...

Bloodhound aims to be world's fastest car in South Africa

Nov. 8, 2019 2:52 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An earthbound jet known as the Bloodhound became one of the world's 10 fastest cars this week, on target for its goal to set a new land speed record. "The feeling in this car is fantastic," driver Andy Green told The Associated Press on Friday, days after the Bloodhound hit 501 mph (806...

Drought parches southern Africa, millions faced with hunger

Nov. 7, 2019 1:38 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An estimated 45 million people are threatened with hunger by a severe drought strangling wide stretches of southern Africa. Emergency food deliveries are planned for parts of South Africa, Zambia, Zimbabwe and other countries hard hit by a combination of low rainfall and high...

This is for you, South Africa: Springboks start trophy tour

Nov. 7, 2019 5:13 AM EST

With captain Siya Kolisi telling ordinary South Africans that the victory and the spoils were for them, the Rugby World Cup-winning Springboks started a five-day tour on Thursday to take the trophy to people in big cities and poor townships. Kolisi, a product of one of those townships, stood in the morning...

Zimbabwe police stop protest march by civil servants

Nov. 6, 2019 9:11 AM EST

HARARE, Zimbabwe (AP) — Zimbabwe police Wednesday blocked government workers from marching to protest for better salaries, a day after dozens of public hospital doctors were fired for striking for more pay. Strikes have become frequent in the southern African country in recent weeks as the economy...

Zimbabwe's severe drought killing elephants, other wildlife

Nov. 6, 2019 7:15 AM EST

MANA POOLS, Zimbabwe (AP) — Weak from hunger and thirst, the elephant struggled to reach a pool of water in this African wildlife reserve. But the majestic mammal got stuck in the mud surrounding the sun-baked watering hole, which had dramatically shrunk due to a severe drought. Eventually park staff freed...

Siya's Springboks are exactly what Mandela envisioned

Nov. 2, 2019 7:51 PM EDT

SOMERSET WEST, South Africa (AP) — Black and white, they sat together on the edge of the dusty township street where Nelson Mandela once lived and watched their Springboks win the Rugby World Cup again. The late Mandela would surely have liked what he saw — both the picture of unity among the South...