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South Africa: Republic in the southernmost part of Africa
South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; to the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini (Swaziland); and it surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho. South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa and the 25th-largest country in the world by land area and, with over 57 million people, is the world's 24th-most populous nation. It is the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World or the Eastern Hemisphere. About 80 percent of South Africans are of Bantu ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different African languages, nine of which have official status. The remaining population consists of Africa's largest communities of European, Asian (Indian), and multiracial (Coloured) ancestry.

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Anti-Immigrant Venom Killed Their South African Dreams

Hundreds of Nigerians fleeing mob attacks have been airlifted out of South Africa, leaving behind their jobs and stores, homes and hopes.
NYTimes.com - Published

South African army to stay longer in gang hotspots - Ramaphosa

South African soldiers will patrol gang-ridden Cape Town streets for an extra six months after President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday extended their deployment to the end of March 2020.
Reuters - Published

Videos for South Africa

Ireland win Rugby World Cup opener against Scotland [Video]Ireland win Rugby World Cup opener against Scotland

Ireland delivered on their promise to hit form when it mattered most by stunning Scotland 27-3 with a bonus-point blitz to launch their Japanese World Cup quest in style. James Ryan, Rory Best, Tadhg..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:06Published

All Blacks beat South Africa 23-13 in World Cup opening match [Video]All Blacks beat South Africa 23-13 in World Cup opening match

Four minutes of first-half brilliance led an otherwise unconvincing New Zealand to a 23-13 victory over South Africa in a clash between two World Cup favourites on Saturday that never quite lived up to..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 01:30Published

Hansen happy with All Blacks win but says room for improvement [Video]Hansen happy with All Blacks win but says room for improvement

All Blacks coach Steve Hansen says his side were less than perfect in their 23-13 victory over the Springboks.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:30Published

WSL Championship Tour leader Toledo advances to final round at Surf Ranch [Video]WSL Championship Tour leader Toledo advances to final round at Surf Ranch

World Surf League Championship Tour leader Filipe Toledo moves into contention for win at the Freshwater Pro wavepool event

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:41Published

Survivor talks about spike in femicide in South Africa [Video]Survivor talks about spike in femicide in South Africa

The World Health Organization says that femicide in South Africa is almost five times the global average, with sexual offences rising by 4.8 percent this year.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 01:41Published

Russia And Poland Engage In Twitter Battle Over Who Started WWII [Video]Russia And Poland Engage In Twitter Battle Over Who Started WWII

The Russian Embassy in South Africa revisited an 80-year-old conflict with Poland on Tuesday, with a tweet. It was a denial of responsibility for the 1939 invasion of Poland, which started World War..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:51Published

Boks confident ahead of All Blacks clash [Video]Boks confident ahead of All Blacks clash

Rugby rivals South Africa and New Zealand play their opening match of the Rugby World Cup in Japan on Saturday. Maha Albadrawi reports.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:13Published

Japan expecting “rugby mania” as World Cup opening nears [Video]Japan expecting “rugby mania” as World Cup opening nears

"Never has a tournament been so eagerly anticipated", says World Rugby chairman Bill Beaumont just three days before the World Cup kicks off.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:38Published

Elon Musk Says 'Pedo Guy' Has Different Meaning In South Africa [Video]Elon Musk Says 'Pedo Guy' Has Different Meaning In South Africa

Elon Musk faces a defamation suit after calling British ex-pat diver, Ver Unsworth a “pedo guy.” Unsworth was part of the rescue team who saved a group of Thailand kids from being trapped in a..

Credit: Wochit News     Duration: 00:32Published

Cross crossing catwalks and the world; model shares her New York Fashion Week journey [Video]Cross crossing catwalks and the world; model shares her New York Fashion Week journey

New Zealand model Jordan Daniels talks about the highs and lows of being a fashion model. Rough cut (no reporter narration)

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 02:57Published

Hundreds of Nigerians repatriated from South Africa after attacks [Video]Hundreds of Nigerians repatriated from South Africa after attacks

Nigerian airline to return more than 600 nationals in the coming days with victims saying it's 'not safe here'.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:22Published

Shares rise as China reins in tariff move [Video]Shares rise as China reins in tariff move

European shares rose to six-week highs on Wednesday, as China eased trade worries. As David Pollard reports, corporate headlines and hopes of ECB policy easing also drove the action.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:34Published

South Africa crush Japan in final World Cup warm-up [Video]South Africa crush Japan in final World Cup warm-up

South Africa easily defeat Japan 41-7 in their final World Cup warm-up match.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:23Published

South African violence: Nigeria recalling top diplomat [Video]South African violence: Nigeria recalling top diplomat

Nigeria is expected to recall its top diplomat in South Africa, where riots in recent days have targeted mainly foreigners from other parts of Africa.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:16Published

South Africa shuts embassy in Nigeria after reprisal attacks [Video]South Africa shuts embassy in Nigeria after reprisal attacks

Protesters gathered to voice their anger at foreign businesses being attacked in the South African cities of Johannesburg and Pretoria.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 05:22Published

Under siege in Nigeria, South African businesses shut stores [Video]Under siege in Nigeria, South African businesses shut stores

South African companies MTN and Shoprite closed stores in Nigeria on Wednesday after attacks on their facilities in the country - a retaliation after days of riots in South Africa chiefly targeting..

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:32Published

South Africa, Japan prepare for World Cup shock rematch [Video]South Africa, Japan prepare for World Cup shock rematch

Japan and South Africa set to meet for the first time since World Cup shock

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:59Published

Foreigners in South Africa fear for safety after attacks [Video]Foreigners in South Africa fear for safety after attacks

Nigerian leader condemns anti-foreigner attacks in South Africa after days of rioting

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:22Published

Five killed in attacks on foreigners as South Africa cracks down [Video]Five killed in attacks on foreigners as South Africa cracks down

Shops plundered, cars burned in Johannesburg as trucks torched in KZN amid rallies linked to anti-foreigner sentiment.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:31Published

Brian O'Driscoll: No one saw Ireland's omission of Devin Toner coming [Video]Brian O'Driscoll: No one saw Ireland's omission of Devin Toner coming

Brian O'Driscoll admits that no one saw Ireland's omission of star lock Devin Toner from their Rugby World Cup squad coming. Devin Toner has been confirmed as the shock omission from Ireland’s 31-man..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:47Published

South Africans get the bug: Cape Town eatery serves insect-only meals [Video]South Africans get the bug: Cape Town eatery serves insect-only meals

Tasting grilled scorpion and a bowl of crunchy insects mixed with garlic and spices on a trip to Thailand four years ago "grossed out" chef Mario Barnard but also helped inspire him to experiment and..

Credit: euronews (in English)     Duration: 00:50Published

Kolisi to lead Springboks at World Cup after injury concerns [Video]Kolisi to lead Springboks at World Cup after injury concerns

Springboks captain Siya Kolisi has overcome a knee injury and is included in SA Rugby, Director of Rugby, Rassie Erasmus', Rugby World Cup squad

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:40Published

England pair up Ford and Farrell for Ireland clash [Video]England pair up Ford and Farrell for Ireland clash

Eddie Jones and Owen Farrell comment on the pairing of Farrell and George Ford for the upcoming clash between England and Ireland. Ford has been captain in Farrell's absence for the matches against..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:42Published

Springboks, Argentina ready for rugby battle [Video]Springboks, Argentina ready for rugby battle

Argentina are heading to South Africa to 'prove a point' and avenge a home drubbing, according to Springboks captain Schalk Brits.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:29Published

Semenya says she never felt supported by other women [Video]Semenya says she never felt supported by other women

Controversial athlete Caster Semenya criticises other women athletes for their lack of support.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:43Published

 

If marathons weren't hard enough already: strap a tree to your back

This Sunday in South Africa, an accountant, an entrepreneur and a boxing executive are among 20 friends running the Cape Town marathon - with saplings strapped to their backs.
Reuters - Published

South Africa's deputy mines minister dies in car accident

South Africa's Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Bavelile Hlongwa has died in a car accident, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Today in History for September 12th

Highlights of this day in history: America faces the aftermath of the Sept. 11th attacks; Nazis rescue Italy's Mussolini; JFK confronts critics of his religion; Student leader Steven Biko killed in..
USATODAY.com - Published

Hundreds of Nigerians to take free evacuation from South Africa

At least 640 Nigerians have signed up to take free flights home from South Africa after xenophobic attacks on foreigners, a spokeswoman for Nigeria's president said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Nigeria's Buhari to visit South Africa after attacks

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will visit South Africa next month to reinforce the bonds between the two countries after a wave of deadly riots and xenophobic attacks, the South African..
Reuters - Published

Kidnapped South African mine worker freed in eastern Congo

A South African mine worker kidnapped by militia in eastern Congo in late July was released on Thursday, according to the official Twitter account of the province where he was taken.
Reuters - Published

Gender-based violence and attacks against foreigners grip South Africa

Activists in South Africa are protesting a wave of violence against women after several women were recent raped and brutally murdered. South African president Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to implement..
CBS News - Published

South Africa's Ramaphosa says at least 10 killed in riots

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday at least 10 people have been killed, two of them foreigners, in a wave of riots and attacks.
Reuters - Published

South Africa tries to contain 'Afrophobia' fallout as riots upstage summit

South African ministers promised on Thursday to tackle the prejudice fuelling a wave of riots and xenophobic attacks, as growing international anger over the violence overshadowed a pan-African..
Reuters - Published

South Africa acknowledges 'Afrophobia' partly to blame for violence against foreigners

South Africa's Foreign Minister acknowledged on Thursday that prejudice against people from other African countries was one of the causes behind deadly attacks on foreign-owned businesses, a day after..
Reuters - Published

South Africa embassy closed in Nigeria after threats: minister

South Africa has temporarily closed its embassy in Nigeria after threats led to fears for staff safety, Foreign Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor told Reuters, after attacks this week on foreign-owned..
Reuters - Published

Nigeria boycotts Africa economic summit over anti-foreign riots

Nigeria said on Wednesday it would boycott an Africa economic summit in Cape Town, intensifying a diplomatic row after a series of deadly attacks on foreigners in South African cities.
Reuters - Published

Under siege in Nigeria, South African businesses shut stores

South African companies MTN and Shoprite closed stores in Nigeria on Wednesday in the face of attacks targeting their premises in retaliation to similar violence in their home country.
Reuters - Published

Ramaphosa says South Africa must stop attacks on foreigners, nearly 300 arrested

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told officials and business leaders on Wednesday that he was committed to quelling attacks on foreigners that have threatened to cast a cloud over an economic..
Reuters - Published

MTN Nigeria shuts stores after anti-South African attacks

The Nigerian division of South African telecom operator MTN said on Wednesday it will shut all stores and service centers in the country until further notice after its facilities in three cities were..
Reuters - Published

South African police make more arrests as riots spread

South African police arrested more than 80 people and confirmed five deaths as riots in Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria intensified on Tuesday, spreading to surrounding townships with roving..
Reuters - Published

This shark flips and sticks the landing

A shark completed a huge flip after breaching off South Africa's coast.
USATODAY.com - Published

CEO of South Africa firm linked to graft allegations killed in car crash

The CEO of a South African services firm linked to graft allegations and a controversial donation to President Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign to lead the governing African National Congress has died in a..
Reuters - Published

South African court impounds Tanzanian plane in compensation case: lawyer

South African authorities impounded an Airbus 220-300 aircraft leased by Tanzania's national flag carrier following a court application by a retired farmer who is owed compensation by the Tanzanian..
Reuters - Published

Tanzania says South Africa impounds Airbus plane

South African authorities have impounded an Airbus 220-300 aircraft leased by Tanzania's national flag carrier, the Tanzanian government said.
Reuters - Published

South Africa to roll out sweeping health reform in stages

A proposed move to universal health coverage in South Africa will be rolled out in stages as the budget improves, a senior presidential aide told Reuters, forecasting the landmark reform would cost..
Reuters - Published

South Africa pledges fiscal discipline in sweeping health reform

A proposed switch to universal health coverage in South Africa will be managed in a fiscally responsible way, a senior presidential aide told Reuters, forecasting the landmark reform would cost the..
Reuters - Published

South African court rules display of apartheid flag constitutes hate speech

A South African court on Wednesday ruled that displaying the country's apartheid-era flag in public constituted hate speech that discriminated against black people and violated equality laws.
Reuters - Published

South African court sets aside arms deal inquiry findings

South Africa's High Court on Wednesday set aside the findings of an inquiry that found no evidence of corruption in an arms deal in the 1990s linked to former president Jacob Zuma.
Reuters - Published

South Africa to take 'affordable' approach to nuclear: minister

South Africa will not adopt a "big bang" approach to building new nuclear power capacity but instead add capacity in an affordable way, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Public Protector hit with second punitive costs order

A South Africa court on Thursday awarded a second punitive costs order against the country's top anti-corruption official, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, after finding an investigation conducted..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Ramaphosa wins latest round of legal fight with anti-corruption watchdog

President Cyril Ramaphosa won the latest round of a legal battle with South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog on Monday, as a judge delayed implementation of findings linked to its claim that he misled..
Reuters - Published

Ramaphosa asks court to seal certain documents in legal battle: reports

Lawyers for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa have asked a court to seal financial records held by the country's corruption watchdog because they were obtained unlawfully, online news site Times..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Ramaphosa wins court case against anti-graft watchdog

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa won a court case against the anti-corruption watchdog on Thursday over a matter concerning ally Pravin Gordhan, ahead of a fresh battle over findings against the..
Reuters - Published

What lies 2 miles below Earth's surface?

A South African gold mine that goes two miles beneath the Earth's surface holds far more than just precious metals
CBS News - Published

What lies at the bottom of one of the deepest holes ever dug by man?

A South African gold mine that goes two miles beneath the Earth's surface holds far more than just precious metals.
CBS News - Published

Looking for life on Mars — at the bottom of a gold mine

Two miles below Earth's surface, scientists found animal life in a South African gold mine. They wonder: If life can exist there, could it exist on Mars?
CBS News - Published

What does liquid gold look like?

"60 Minutes" travels to an ultra deep mine in South Africa to watch a weekly ritual called "the pour" where rock is smashed, pulverized and melted into precious metal.
CBS News - Published

Mozambique to fight for extradition of former finance minister over debt scandal

Mozambique's government is to fight for the extradition from South Africa of former finance minister Manuel Chang, who the United States is seeking to put on trial, according to a letter from a law..
Reuters - Published

South African lawmakers to discuss fitness for office of anti-graft watchdog

A South African parliamentary committee will discuss a request to look into the fitness to hold office of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane after a recess period, most likely in early September, the..
Reuters - Published

South African corruption fighter seen amplifying ANC battles

To allies of President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog is a wrecking ball who is abusing her office and could derail efforts to clean up government and turn the economy around...
Reuters - Published

Ramaphosa is 'last hope' for South Africa, Chinese diplomat says

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is the "last hope" for Africa's most advanced economy, but his government must turn incentive policies into laws to secure more Chinese investment, a senior..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Gordhan wins reprieve from public protector's orders

South African minister Pravin Gordhan won a bid to avoid imminent disciplinary action on Monday after a court suspended orders from the public protector, in a relief for ally President Cyril Ramaphosa.
Reuters - Published

South African court suspends public protector's orders against Gordhan

A South African court on Monday suspended the public protector's orders for disciplinary action against Public Enterprises Minister Pravin Gordhan, a relief for President Cyril Ramaphosa who is..
Reuters - Published

Gunmen kidnap two workers at Banro Corp east Congo mine: army

Gunmen kidnapped a South African and one Zimbabwean worker at Banro Corp's gold mine in the east Congolese province of Maniema on Sunday, an army spokesman said.
Reuters - Published

Former South African opposition leader Zille joins free market think tank

The former head of South Africa's official opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party and ex-premier of the Western Cape province, Helen Zille, will join think tank the Institute of Race Relations..
Reuters - Published

I only exchanged pleasantries with Guptas, South Africa's Ramaphosa tells inquiry

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told an inquiry into state corruption that he had met and exchanged pleasantries in the past with members of the Gupta family, friends of former president Jacob..
Reuters - Published

Johannesburg power body hit by ransomware attack

City Power, responsible for powering South Africa's financial capital Johannesburg, said on Thursday it had been hit by a ransomware virus that had encrypted all of its databases, applications and..
Reuters - Published

U.S. blocks U.N. rebuke of Israeli demolition of Palestinian homes: diplomats

The United States on Wednesday blocked an attempt by Kuwait, Indonesia and South Africa to get the United Nations Security Council to condemn Israel's demolition of Palestinian homes on the outskirts..
Reuters - Published

South African court ruling could undermine public protector

South Africa's top court ruled on Monday that an anti-corruption official who has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of serious misconduct had acted in bad faith when investigating an apartheid-era bank..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's top court says public protector acted in bad faith

South Africa's Constitutional Court ruled on Monday that an anti-corruption official who has accused President Cyril Ramaphosa of serious misconduct had acted in bad faith when investigating an..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Ramaphosa seeks review of 'flawed' graft watchdog report

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Sunday said he will seek an urgent judicial review of what he described as an irretrievably flawed report in which the country's graft watchdog said he misled..
Reuters - Published

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