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Fire damages Houses of Parliament in the South African city of Cape Town

A large fire severely damaged the Houses of Parliament in the South African city of Cape Town. Video footage showed a plume of black smoke filling the sky, with huge flames coming out from the roof of the building. President Cyril Ramaphosa visited the scene and called it a “terrible and devastating event”. A man […]

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South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tests positive for Covid-19 with mild symptoms

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is receiving treatment for mild Covid-19 symptoms after testing positive on Sunday, the office of the presidency said in a statement. He has delegated all responsibilities to Deputy President David Mabuza for the next week. Ramaphosa “started feeling unwell after leaving the State Memorial Service in honor of former Deputy […]

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Omicron: South Africa’s president urges lifting of travel ban against his country and neighbours

South Africa’s president has condemned travel bans enacted against his country and its neighbours over the new coronavirus variant Omicron. Cyril Ramaphosa said he was “deeply disappointed” by the action, which he described as unjustified, and called for the bans to be urgently lifted. The UK, EU and US are among those who have imposed […]

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Jolidee Matongo: Johannesburg mayor killed in car crash

The mayor of Johannesburg tragically died in a car crash, he was 46. South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa paid tribute. Jolidee Matongo had been campaigning with Mr Ramaphosa before the vehicle accident happened. Details are sketchy, but local media have shown images of the front of a car badly smashed up. Mr Matongo only became […]