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Celebrations (and questions) greet US vaccine donation plan

Jun. 10, 2021 18:30 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — U.S. plans to donate 500 million more COVID-19 vaccines to developing countries were met Thursday with both celebration and hesitation amid questions over whether the effort will be enough to help poor regions desperate for doses. Some...

'This IS INSANE': Africa desperately short of COVID vaccine

Jun. 09, 2021 14:27 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — In the global race to vaccinate people against COVID-19, Africa is tragically at the back of the pack. In fact, it has barely gotten out of the starting blocks. In South Africa, which has the continent’s most robust...

Alarm in Africa: Virus surges, vaccines grind to 'near halt'

Jun. 03, 2021 12:48 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — COVID-19 vaccine shipments have ground to “a near halt” in Africa while virus cases have spiked 20% over the last two weeks, the World Health Organization said Thursday, a bleak scenario for the continent on both those critical fronts. ...

Chaos in African parliament after 'I'll kill you' threat

May. 31, 2021 13:20 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — There was mayhem at a meeting of the African Union's parliament Monday as lawmakers scuffled over a ballot box and a man appeared to aim a head-high kick at a female colleague amid shouts that there were people armed with guns in the room. ...

South Africa returns to stricter lockdown, virus 'surging'

May. 30, 2021 15:56 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Sunday that his country will return to stricter lockdown measures in the face of a sharp rise in COVID-19 cases that indicate the virus is “surging again” in Africa's worst-affected nation. ...

South Africa shows the complexities of IOC's vaccine offer

May. 28, 2021 14:02 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa has decided to vaccinate its Olympic athletes against COVID-19 with surplus local doses which were about to expire because an allocation from the International Olympic Committee hasn’t arrived. South African Olympic...

South Africa's Tutu gets jab to help start inoculation drive

May. 17, 2021 11:39 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's anti-apartheid icon Archbishop Desmond Tutu, 89, came out of retirement Monday to help the country launch its drive to inoculate older citizens against the coronavirus. “All my life I have tried to do the right thing and, today,...

Still too fast: Caster Semenya arrested for speeding

May. 12, 2021 09:53 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Olympic champion Caster Semenya was sentenced to 50 hours of community service for speeding while driving in South Africa, prosecutors said Wednesday. The runner was arrested last Thursday and released on $35 bail, the National Prosecuting...

South Africa's royal scandal: New Zulu king's claim disputed

May. 08, 2021 15:05 PM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A new Zulu king was named in South Africa amid scenes of chaos after members of the royal family questioned Prince Misuzulu Zulu's claim to the title following his father's death, and bodyguards suddenly whisked him away from the public announcement at a...

In major move, South Africa to end captive lion industry

May. 06, 2021 11:34 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South Africa says it will end its captive lion industry in a major move for conservation that would outlaw the heavily criticized “canned hunting” of the big cats and sale of their bones, as well as popular tourist experiences like petting cubs. ...