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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...

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...

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...

Relief in South Africa after J&J reversal allows key tuberculosis drug production at lower prices

Jul. 09, 2024 11:16 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Medical advocacy groups have welcomed Johnson & Johnson’s decision not to enforce its patent on a critical tuberculosis medication, allowing its production at much lower prices, after South African authorities opened an investigation into the conglomerate. ...

CLIMATE GLIMPSE: Heat and a hurricane descend on the U.S., other wild weather around the world

Jul. 08, 2024 08:51 AM EDT

As Hurricane Beryl batters Texas and extreme heat blankets much of the U.S. South and West, the world is set for another week of wild weather that human-caused climate change makes more likely. Beryl made landfall around the middle the Texas coast near Matagorda with a dangerous...

Nearly 1,000 homes in Cape Town destroyed by storms as city braces for a week of bad weather

Jul. 08, 2024 08:44 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Nearly 1,000 homes in informal settlements in Cape Town, South Africa, have been destroyed by gale-force winds, displacing around 4,000 people, authorities and an aid organization said as the city braces for a week of damaging storms. South African...

These oldest inhabited termite mounds have been active for 34,000 years

Jul. 04, 2024 01:26 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Scientists in South Africa have been stunned to discover that termite mounds that are still inhabited in an arid region of the country are more than 30,000 years old, meaning they are the oldest known active termite hills. Some of the mounds near the...

South African police find the body of former high jump world champion Freitag, who was shot

Jul. 03, 2024 08:58 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African police have discovered the body of former high jump world champion Jacques Freitag after he went missing last month, local media reported on Wednesday. The reports said the 42-year-old, who won the 2003 world title in Paris and competed...

South African parties agree on Cabinet positions, sealing deal on new coalition government

Jun. 30, 2024 19:15 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa named a new Cabinet late Sunday night after his African National Congress, the former main opposition party, and nine other parties agreed on the makeup of a coalition government following weeks of haggling. ...