Latest South Africa News

New cyclone set to make landfall in northern Mozambique

Apr. 25, 2019 2:38 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Authorities have warned that a new cyclone is expected to make landfall by early Friday in northern Mozambique, just six weeks after Cyclone Idai devastated the central part of the country and left hundreds dead. Cyclone Kenneth could bring heavy rains and flooding to northeastern...

Els infuses PGA Zurich Classic with Presidents Cup subplot

Apr. 24, 2019 5:48 PM EDT

AVONDALE, La. (AP) — As captain of the 2019 Presidents Cup's international squad, South Africa's Ernie Els decided to see if the PGA Tour's only team tournament could serve as a useful prep event. So while Els has played at the Zurich Classic many times before, this latest trip to the cypress swamps...

33 reported dead in South Africa flooding, mudslides

Apr. 23, 2019 1:37 PM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African media report that 33 people are dead from flooding and mudslides in the country's eastern KwaZulu-Natal province. State broadcaster SABC on Tuesday cites provincial authorities on the number of fatalities. The flooding has been caused by heavy rains that began on Monday....

Attackers kill doctor at hospital in Congo's Ebola epicenter

Apr. 19, 2019 5:07 PM EDT

BENI, Congo (AP) — Attackers stormed a hospital at the epicenter of Congo's Ebola outbreak and killed "a dear colleague," the head of the World Health Organization said Friday as he condemned the latest violence against health workers trying to contain the virus. "We are outraged," WHO Director-General...

Report: At least 13 dead in South Africa church collapse

Apr. 19, 2019 4:33 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Local media in South Africa report that at least 13 people are dead after part of a church collapsed. Broadcaster News24 cites KwaZulu-Natal emergency medical services spokesman Robert McKenzie as saying heavy rainfall may have been to blame for the collapse Thursday night in Dlangubo....

Bomb scare pauses flights for hours at Kenya's main airport

Apr. 17, 2019 11:58 AM EDT

NAIROBI, Kenya (AP) — Kenya's flagship airline and officials say a passenger reported a bomb threat that led to flights being grounded at the country's main airport for hours. Kenya Airways said in a statement Wednesday the threat was reported on a flight departing from Jomo Kenyatta International Airport...

Botswana unveils country's largest blue diamond find

Apr. 17, 2019 5:30 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A big blue diamond weighing more than 20 carats has been unveiled in Botswana, where the gem was discovered. The government-owned Okavango Diamond Company on Wednesday called it the largest blue diamond ever discovered in the southern African nation. A company statement says it is "in...

AP Explains: Why 2nd-worst Ebola outbreak is growing concern

Apr. 13, 2019 8:18 AM EDT

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The World Health Organization has decided that the latest outbreak of the deadly Ebola virus in Congo is not yet a global health emergency , causing frustration among some health experts. With multiple rebel groups active in the region, wary communities sometimes resisting health...

After winning small events, Harding makes most of big stage

Apr. 11, 2019 6:39 PM EDT

AUGUSTA, Ga. (AP) — Justin Harding of South Africa spent most of his Masters debut Thursday atop the leaderboard, and that's not an unusual position for him over the past year. No one else at Augusta National can claim five victories and three runner-up finishes since the last Masters. Then again, few...

25 years after genocide, Rwanda's Kagame is praised, feared

Apr. 9, 2019 4:58 AM EDT

KAMPALA, Uganda (AP) — A quarter-century after Rwanda's brutal genocide, President Paul Kagame remains a constant figure atop the country's politics, feted by those who say it needs his visionary leadership and loathed by others who see a firm authoritarian with a malicious streak. Kagame is so...