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S Africa begin drug investigation

South Africa: South Africa's health department has launched an investigation after two tuberculosis drugs used for treating thousands of patients were withdrawn. Pharmascript, which supplied state hospitals and clinics with the medication, has promised to replace drugs found to be sub-standard. The probe comes within days of some anti-retroviral (...

S Africa camp clouser get nods from court

South Africa: South Africa's high court has ruled that camps in Gauteng province housing foreigners displaced by xenophobic violence in May can be closed. The judge said the authorities had no obligation to reintegrate more than 4,000 African immigrants living in the camps around Johannesburg. The government plans to close the Gauteng shelters on...

Zimbabwe power sharing talks continues, pressure mounts for deal

Zimbabwe: Pressure has been mounting for a solution to Zimbabwe's political crisis, with power-sharing talks in the capital having resumed for a third day. President Robert Mugabe indicated the talks were blocked, though he has also said differences can be overcome. South African President Thabo Mbeki has been leading mediation over Zimbabwe's...

S Africa president tries finalise Zimbabwe power sharing deal

Zimbabwe: Talks are under way in Zimbabwe to try to finalise a power-sharing deal between President Robert Mugabe and the opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. South African President Thabo Mbeki is acting as mediator at the talks, which are taking place in a Harare hotel. Reports in some South African papers say a deal is close, and that a final...

S Africa celebrates women's day

Johannesburg: South Africa's Women's Day on Saturday is marked by a mixture of activities that celebrated womanhood and at the same time urged further strides in protecting and advancing women's rights, South African Press Association reported. Women's Day is celebrated internationally in March, but in South Africa, Aug. 9 marks the day in 1956...

S African president in Zimbabwe to mediate talks

Johannesburg: South African President Thabo Mbeki will pay a brief visit to Zimbabwe for talks with both the leaders of the ruling ZANU-PF and the opposition Movement for Democratic Change (MDC), a statement from the Foreign Ministry said on Friday. South Africa's leader Thabo Mbeki is to travel to Zimbabwe for weekend talks with President Robert...

S Africans protest price hike

South Africa: Thousands of South African workers have taken to the streets to express their anger over the high prices of electricity and other commodities. The mine and factory workers started nation wide rallies after their unions called for a strike, which has almost brought the country's industries to a halt. In the capital, demonstrators...

Police evict immigrants in S Africa

South Africa: South African police have forcefully removed hundreds of immigrants from temporary shelters where they had taken refuge from xenophobic attacks. Authorities say the immigrants, who were taken to a repatriation centre in Johannesburg, had not registered with the home affairs department. They now face deportation to their home...

S Africa-Spain deal over tunnel on final stage

Spain: Spain says a feasibility study for an undersea tunnel to connect Spain and Morocco is in the final stages. If the project goes ahead and construction begins, trains carrying both passengers and goods are expected to start using the tunnel in 2025. The tunnel would be 40km long and pass 300m under the Mediterranean Sea. The undersea link...

Six S African school boys burnt to death

Johannesburg: Six boys were burnt to death in an initiation school house in Mtasane, East London, South Africa's Eastern Cape Health Department said on Saturday. Spokesman Sizwe Kupelo said the boys were staying at an initiation make shift house when it caught fire on Friday night. Kupelo said the boys were not part of the initiation group...

SA president acts to resolve Zimbabwe crisis

South Africa: South African President Thabo Mbeki is set to meet African Union chief Jean Ping in the latest bid to resolve Zimbabwe's political crisis. The pair are expected to discuss ways of brokering a power-sharing agreement between President Robert Mugabe and opposition leader Morgan Tsvangirai. Mr Tsvangirai is reportedly waiting to...

EU plan 1bn euros' fund for Africa

South Africa: The European Commission has backed a plan to give 1bn euros (£800m) of unspent EU farm subsidies in aid to African farmers. The cash could help farmers boost output, thereby tackling food shortages and soaring prices. The money has been allocated to the EU agriculture budget, but not spent. Some countries have queried the move...

South Africa celebrates Mandela birthday

Johannesburg: South Africa celebrated the 90th birthday on Friday of Nelson Mandela, a symbol of reconciliation in a nation now torn by doubts and nostalgia for his leadership. Newspapers published special supplements and filled their pages with tributes that poured in for a man seen as the father of modern South Africa. Radio stations played...

S African economy boost up but poverty persists

South Africa: Economic inequalities remain in South Africa after the fall of apartheid although fewer people are still caught in grinding poverty, a government report said on Thursday. The Presidency's Development Indicators 2008 report said the standard of living for a large number of people had improved between 2000 and 2007, with incomes...

S Africa strike halts Gold Fields, Harmony mines operation

South Africa: South Africa's gold mines owned by Gold Fields and Harmony shut on Wednesday as thousands of mineworkers downed tools in a one-day protest against rising electricity, food and fuel prices. The strike in the Free State, Northern Cape and Mpumalanga provinces, was part of a drive by the Congress of South African Trade Unions (...