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12 schoolchildren and their driver are killed when their minibus crashes in South Africa

Jul. 10, 2024 12:48 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Twelve schoolchildren and their driver were killed in South Africa on Wednesday when their minibus overturned and caught fire on a road in Gauteng province, officials said. The accident took place a day after schools reopened after the winter holidays. Seven...

South Africa's health authorities report 2 deaths from mpox this week and warn of local transmission

Jun. 13, 2024 11:14 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — South African health authorities say two people have died this week after contracting mpox, and it appears there is local transmission of the disease. The health ministry said Thursday that a 38-year-old man died in the eastern KwaZulu-Natal province...

AP Week in Pictures: Europe and Africa

Jun. 07, 2024 11:06 AM EDT

May 31 - June6, 2024 Veterans from the U.S., Britain and Canada converged with more than two dozen heads of state and countless others on the beaches of Normandy, France to commemorate the 80th Anniversary of D-Day. In soccer, Real Madrid won the Champions League, its...

South Africa Cabinet minister arrested over bribery allegations amid the country's coalition talks

Jun. 05, 2024 10:07 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African Cabinet minister who is a senior member of the African National Congress was arrested and appeared in court on Wednesday over allegations of bribery, just as his party was meeting for talks to work out a way forward for the country after an election deadlock. ...

Mining giant BHP pledges to invest in South Africa economy as it seeks support for Anglo bid

May. 29, 2024 06:28 AM EDT

LONDON (AP) — Australian mining giant BHP Group on Wednesday pledged to invest in South Africa's economy as it seeks support for a 38.6 billion pound ($49.3 billion) bid to acquire Anglo American, which was founded in the country more than a century ago and remains one of its biggest employers. ...

South Africa's main opposition party rallies support as it concludes election campaign

May. 27, 2024 03:51 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's main opposition party Democratic Alliance on Sunday made its final appeal to voters to help it unseat the ruling African National Congress as it concluded its campaign ahead of elections this week. The Democratic Alliance is the biggest opposition...

Former South Africa leader Zuma promises jobs and free education as he launches party manifesto

May. 19, 2024 03:14 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Former South African President Jacob Zuma Saturday lamented the high levels of poverty among black South Africans and promised to create jobs and tackle crime as he launched his new political party's manifesto ahead of the country's much anticipated elections. ...

An inquiry into a building fire in South Africa that killed 76 finds city authorities responsible

May. 06, 2024 08:26 AM EDT

CAPE TOWN, South Africa (AP) — A report into a building fire that killed 76 people in South Africa last year has concluded that city authorities should be held responsible because they were aware of serious safety issues at the rundown apartment block at least four years before the blaze. ...

Repatriated South African apartheid-era artworks on display to celebrate 30 years of democracy

Apr. 26, 2024 01:41 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A selection of South African artworks produced during the country’s apartheid era which ended up in foreign art collections is on display in Johannesburg to mark 30 years since the country's transition to democracy in 1994. Most of the artworks were taken out...