Latest Southern Africa News

UK virus hunting labs seek to bolster global variant network

Jan. 13, 2022 02:29 AM EST

LONDON (AP) — The air conditioners hum constantly in the lab at the Wellcome Sanger Institute, countering the heat thrown off by rows of high-tech sequencing machines that work seven days a week analyzing the genetic material of COVID-19 cases from throughout the U.K. The...

With more girls pregnant, Zimbabwe pushes a return to school

Jan. 12, 2022 03:30 AM EST

MUREHWA, Zimbabwe (AP) — Inside a sparsely furnished two-room home in rural Zimbabwe, a 3-month-old baby cries. His mother, Virginia Mavhunga, spends her days making trips to the well with a bucket on her head, selling fruits and vegetables at the roadside, cooking, cleaning, washing clothes —...

Terrorism charge for suspect in South Africa Parliament fire

Jan. 11, 2022 09:55 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A homeless man accused of setting a fire that destroyed part of South Africa's historic Parliament complex was charged with terrorism Tuesday and sent to a psychiatric hospital for a month for assessment. Zandile Mafe, 49, appeared in a courtroom in...

Michael Parks, Pulitzer winning foreign correspondent, dies

Jan. 10, 2022 19:45 PM EST

LOS ANGELES (AP) — Michael Parks, the former top editor of the Los Angeles Times who spent 25 years as a foreign correspondent and won a Pulitzer Prize for his reporting on the struggle to end apartheid in South Africa, has died. He was 78. Parks died of kidney failure and a heart...

EU ends omicron travel ban on flights from southern Africa

Jan. 10, 2022 17:29 PM EST

BRUSSELS (AP) — The European Union ended travel restrictions on flights from southern Africa on Monday well over a month after imposing them to in hopes of containing the spread of the omicron variant of the coronavirus. The highly contagious variant was first discovered in...

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...

Maui Musings: The long and successful road from South Africa

Jan. 07, 2022 02:49 AM EST

KAPALUA, Hawaii (AP) — The road from South Africa to anywhere is long, one reason Gary Player takes such pride in being the ultimate global player, providing a blueprint for the likes of Ernie Els and now a new crop in his wake. Getting to Maui proved particularly stressful for...

Firefighters finally leave South Africa Parliament complex

Jan. 06, 2022 07:58 AM EST

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — Firefighters have left South Africa's Parliament complex and handed over responsibility for it to police four days after a major blaze destroyed the main chamber of the country's national legislature, authorities said Thursday. A man suspected of...

France eases rule for vaccinated travelers from South Africa

Jan. 06, 2022 07:38 AM EST

PARIS (AP) — France is allowing vaccinated travelers from South Africa to enter its territory without having to observe a coronavirus quarantine. The French government published a decree Thursday that removed South Africa from the list of places subject to highly restricted travel...