Racial tensions rise in South Africa over farm killing

SENEKAL, South Africa (AP) — A tense standoff between white farmers and Black activists gripped the South African town of Senekal Friday, as two men accused of killing a white farm ...

South Africa extends relief grants to help poor amid virus

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Thursday that his government will extend relief grants to 6 million of the country’s unemployed who have been hurt by the economic...

South Africa reopens to international flights amid virus

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa has reopened to international flights, ending a more than six-month ban on international travel that was part of its restrictions to combat the spre...

South African Airways suspends operations amid huge debt

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s state-owned airline has suspended all its operations as it struggles to raise a bailout of more than 10 billion rands ($591 million). ...

South Africans pay tribute to former Mandela lawyer Bizos

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African gathered Thursday to pay tribute to lawyer George Bizos, who represented anti-apartheid leaders including Nelson Mandela in their legal battles against the government...

South Africa's Archbishop Tutu and wife unhurt by housefire

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African anti-apartheid veteran and Nobel laureate Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu and his wife Leah have escaped unharmed from a fire in their cottage at ...

Virus lockdown plunges South Africa deeper into recession

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa’s economy has sunk deeper into recession, with its gross domestic product for the second quarter of 2020 plummeting by 51%, largely as a result of COVID-19 and the cou...

South African protesters close stores over offensive ad

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Protests over an advertisement viewed as racially offensive forced the closure Monday of at least 60 outlets of a chain of drugstores. Leaders ...

Southern Africa's hunger upsurge blamed on climate, COVID-19

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — An estimated 45 million people in southern Africa are food insecure, with the number of people without access to adequate affordable and nutritious food up 10% from last year, the ...

South African healthcare workers protest, threaten strike

PRETORIA, South Africa (AP) — South African healthcare workers have protested against poor working conditions and urged the government to end corruption in the purchase of COVID-19 personal protective...

COVID-19 takes loved ones, then the rituals to mourn them

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — When Khumbulani Moyo heard that his daughter had died of pneumonia while he was away on a work trip, he was shattered. Then he faced South Africa’s new reality: H...

South Africa police accused of abuse after teen is killed

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police have clashed with protesters demonstrating against the alleged killing of a 16-year-old boy by local policemen in Eldorado Park, an area of Soweto near Johanne...

South African president grilled over COVID-19 graft scandals

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Thursday faced tough questioning by lawmakers over COVID-19 corruption scandals, days after he asked ruling party members to refrain from...

WHO, UNICEF urge African countries to reopen schools safely

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — African governments should accelerate the reopening of schools, the World Health Organization has urged, saying that the continent's youths will suffer from prolonged closures due ...

South Africa opens as virus cases fall, allows liquor sales

JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa, which imposed one of the world's strictest anti-coronavirus lockdowns five months ago, will significantly relax its restrictions Tuesday, including allowing the sales...