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South African president launches vaccine manufacturing plant

Jan. 19, 2022 09:35 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has opened a new vaccine manufacturing facility that he says will boost the country's capacity to make its own inoculations for diseases including COVID-19. The plant in Cape Town — a partnership between a U.S.-based...

South Africa's ruling party must regain support, says leader

Jan. 08, 2022 09:59 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa said the ruling party, the African National Congress, must work to regain popular support after being embroiled in corruption scandals and divided by bitter factional rivalries. Marking the ANC's 110th anniversary...

South Africa's ruling party marks birthday amid divisions

Jan. 07, 2022 03:02 AM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s ruling party, the African National Congress, is to celebrate its 110th anniversary this weekend amid deep divisions, graft allegations and broad challenges that saw it perform dismally in local government elections last year. The anniversary...

South Africa's president is urged to root out corruption

Jan. 05, 2022 12:37 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is challenged to take decisive action against the corruption that has been documented in a judicial report presented to him and made public, according to experts. The damning findings by the state commission of inquiry —...

South African leader gets first part of corruption report

Jan. 04, 2022 13:09 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa has received the first part of a report on corruption from a judicial investigation into President Jacob Zuma’s tenure from 2009 to 2018. Receiving the report, Ramaphosa described it as a “defining moment” in South...

Fire ravages South Africa's historic Parliament complex

Jan. 02, 2022 11:52 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A major fire ripped through South Africa's 138-year-old Parliament complex on Sunday, gutting offices and causing some ceilings to collapse at a site that has hosted some of the country's pivotal moments. As firefighters struggled to tame the blaze, a dark plume of...

'Moral compass': Requiem for South Africa's Archbishop Tutu

Jan. 01, 2022 09:23 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu has been remembered at a state funeral Saturday for his Nobel Peace Prize-earning role in ending South Africa's apartheid regime of racial oppression and for championing the rights of LGBTQ people. “When we...

Tutu's family gathers in South Africa for Cape Town funeral

Dec. 28, 2021 12:27 PM EST

CAPE TOWN (AP) — Desmond Tutu's family members gathered at his Cape Town home on Tuesday in preparation for his funeral this weekend as South Africans honored his life. The Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial equality and LGBT rights died Sunday at the age of 90. ...

South Africa holds week of services, events for Desmond Tutu

Dec. 27, 2021 13:47 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa is planning a week of services and events to honor Desmond Tutu's life of activism for racial equality and LGBT rights. Tutu, the Anglican Archbishop Emeritus of Cape Town, died Sunday at the age of 90. ___ Monday, Dec. 27: ...

Young South Africans learn of Tutu's activism for equality

Dec. 27, 2021 13:24 PM EST

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Archbishop Desmond Tutu's legacy is reverberating among young South Africans, many of whom were not born when the clergyman battled apartheid and sought full rights for the nation's Black majority. Tutu, who died Sunday at the age of 90, was awarded the Nobel...