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More Deaths Feared in South Africa's Illegal Mining Boom

News reports this week that over 60 illegal miners died in a single accident in an abandoned gold mine has underlined the human cost of South Africa's deepening recession. The latest in a string of illegal mining accidents occurred in part of a mine shut down by Harmony Gold Mining Company Limited (Harmony), the world's fifth largest gold mining...

South African Army Should Join War On Crime, Says Mthethwa

Police Minister Nathi Mthethwa wants his officers not to "hesitate" to pull the trigger when under fire, to bring in the army to escort cash-in-transit trucks and to install CCTV cameras in the townships. Declaring that "we are at war with criminals", Mthethwa said he was frustrated that scores of police officers died last year because they...

U.S. Seeks SA's Backing for Africom

SA is one of the major political powerhouses in Africa that US President Barack Obama's administration will lobby to support the Command for Africa (Africom) programme. The US claims to have the backing of Egypt and Kenya, which are considered influential states on the continent. The Bush administration wants to locate its strategic military...

Diamond Sold For Record U.S. $9.4 Million in South Africa

A seven-carat blue diamond discovered at the Cullinan diamond mine near Pretoria has been sold in Geneva for a record price of nearly U.S. $9.5 million. The owners of the mine, Petra Diamonds, said in a statement Wednesday that the price fetched at a Sotheby's auction - $1.3 million per carat - set "a new record price per carat for any gemstone...

Minister of South Africa May Signal New Tone in Foreign Policy

THE choice of Maite Nkoana-Mashabane for minister of international relations and co-operation may signal a change of tone in foreign policy, analysts said. Although largely unknown outside the African National Congress (ANC), Nkoana-Mashabane is highly regarded in the party, and was SA's representative to India. Institute for Global Dialogue...

Trevor Manuel to Head National Planning Commission of South Africa

Trevor Manuel is set to head up the powerful National Planning Commission, to be located in the Presidency. Announcing the new structure and faces in his administration on Sunday, President Zuma said following extensive research on international models on how governments in other parts of the world plan and monitor performance, his party had...

Democratically-Elected President of South Africa Zuma Inaugurated in Lavish Ceremony

African National Congress leader Jacob Zuma may be a commoner, but his inauguration as the fourth democratically-elected President of South Africa Saturday was a lavish ceremony fit for a Zulu king. Despite an early downpour of rain - a blessing in African tradition - five thousand guests wrapped in colourful blankets and protected by a sea of...

Jacob Zuma has been Elected President of South Africa

Jacob Zuma has been elected President of South Africa, after receiving the highest number of votes by Members of Parliament in the National Assembly. Chief Justice Pius Langa announced a short while ago that of the 327 votes cast, African National Congress (ANC) President Jacob Zuma had received 277 votes, while Congress of the People's (Cope)...

Swine Flu Patient on the Mend in SA

As Susan Kok, South Africa's only suspected swine flu patient, waits in isolation at her home near Mossel Bay to be given a clean bill of health, fears have been expressed that the virus could pose a threat to the upcoming Confederations Cup. In South Africa, both the government and the Local Organising Committee of the Fifa 2010 World Cup are...

South African Continuity and Change - Faces of New Cabinet

After securing an overwhelming victory against fierce opposition, ANC leader Jacob Zuma - who has been consulting his colleagues about the new cabinet - is expected to announce his ministers in two weeks. The ANC is expected to announce its preferred provincial premiers on Tuesday after the party won eight provinces in South Africa's fourth...

Zuma's Home Province Saves ANC

The ruling African National Congress (ANC) has won South Africa's national election with a slightly reduced majority, narrowly failing to achieve the two-thirds majority that would enable it to change the country's Constitution unilaterally. Although the party lost votes across the board in most provinces, the losses were largely offset by a...

Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili Attacked

Lesotho Prime Minister Pakalitha Mosisili was the victim of an assassination attempt on Wednesday, according to the chairman of the Southern African Development Community (SADC), South African President Kgalema Motlanthe. In a statement issued by the South African government, Motlanthe said Mosisili was attacked at his home in Maseru. The Lesotho...

Ruling ANC of South Africa Will Respect Judiciary, Says Zuma

South Africa’s president-in-waiting, Jacob Zuma, has given voters an election pledge that his administration will respect the independence of the judiciary and the separation of powers entrenched in the country’s Constitution. In a text prepared for the final election rally of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) on Sunday, Zuma was at his...

Hope and Fear Over Jacob Zuma Presidency in South Africa

ANC President Jacob Zuma, who will within a few days be the country's president, is suing the Guardian newspaper and writer Simon Jenkins for a column saying South Africa should get used to Zuma's style of government - "morally contaminated, administratively chaotic and corrupt" and also - perhaps most legally damaging for Jenkins - calling him a...

Thousands of South Africans Expats Cast First Votes

Thousands of South Africans worldwide are already descending on missions abroad to cast their votes today. At least 16,240 registered South Africans abroad are expected to vote at South African embassies today, in a process that will be overseen by the Independent Electoral Commission (IEC) at 124 missions. Being temporarily absent from the...