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South Africa grants annual hunting and export permit to kill 10 critically endangered black rhinoceros

The South African government has granted annual hunting and export permits for big game including 10 critically endangered black rhinoceros and a similar number of leopards. It also gave permission for more than 100 elephants to be killed, in keeping with international laws on the trade of endangered species, saying its elephant population was growing […]

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Woman loses court battle to use neighbour’s driveway to reverse her car

A South African woman’s car-­reversing problems has come under the spotlight in the Gauteng High Court, Pretoria. She wanted an order forcing her neighbour to take down a palisade fence in front of her driveway which she claimed was hampering her in reversing her car. Catharina Steenkamp last year obtained an interim order at the […]

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What is known about the highly transmissible new Omicron subvariant?

As the highly transmissible variant of the coronavirus continues its frenetic spread around the world, a new subvariant has been detected in dozens of countries. Omicron was first reported by South Africa in November and has since replaced the Delta variant in most countries as the most prevalent strain. The dominant form of Omicron, known […]

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‘She’s gentle, just looks scary’: Pet anaconda called Medusa escapes in South Africa

A two-metre (6ft) pet yellow anaconda called Medusa is on the loose in a South Africa town just north of the coastal city of Durban. The snake’s owner urged residents of Phoenix not to be afraid. “She’s a gentle giant, she just looks scary,” Preesen Nair said. He said Hollywood had given non-venomous anacondas, usually […]

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Stowaway survives in nose wheel of freight flight from South Africa: Dutch police

Dutch police say they have found a stowaway alive in the wheel section of a plane that landed at Amsterdam’s Schiphol airport from South Africa. Flights from Johannesburg to Amsterdam take about 11 hours, with the cargo plane believed to have made one stop, in Nairobi, Kenya. It is very unusual for stowaways on long […]

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South Africa minister sparks uproar after telling schoolgirls to ‘open books and close legs’

A regional health minister has come under fire in South Africa for telling schoolgirls to “open your books and close your legs”. Phophi Ramathuba made the comment during a visit to a secondary school in a bid to encourage abstinence and reduce teenage pregnancy rates. Social media users criticised the remark and questioned why it […]

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South Africa: Firefighters battle new blaze at parliament building in Cape Town

Firefighters in South Africa were struggling to contain a new blaze at the complex housing the two chambers of the national parliament in Cape Town, a day after a devastating fire swept through the buildings.Police charged a 49-year-old man with arson and other offences including theft and he was expected to appear in court on […]

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South Africa: Man faces charges of arson, housebreaking and theft for massive fire at Parliament building

A man has been arrested after a large fire severely damaged the Houses of Parliament in the South African city of Cape Town. A police spokesperson said the man was facing charges of arson, housebreaking and theft, and would appear in court on Tuesday. Firefighters have been working for hours to extinguish the blaze. President […]

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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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Desmond Tutu: South Africa’s retired archbishop and anti-apartheid icon dies

Desmond Tutu, South Africa’s retired archbishop and anti-apartheid icon, has died aged 90. Tutu, Nobel Peace Prize laureate and veteran of South Africa’s struggle against white minority rule, died on Sunday. “The passing of Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu is another chapter of bereavement in our nation’s farewell to a generation of outstanding South Africans who […]

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South Africa urges to halt New York auction of Nelson Mandela’s Robben Island prison cell key

South Africa demanded a halt to an auction of the key to the prison cell on Robben Island once occupied by former President Nelson Mandela. The sale is due in January in New York by Guernsey’s auction house. The seller is Christo Brand, Mandela’s former prison guard in the notorious jail. But Nathi Mthethwa, South […]

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South Africa has passed the peak of Omicron Covid-19 infections, researchers say

South Africa passed the peak of its Omicron outbreak, according to one of the country’s top scientific researchers. The country has “surpassed the peak of the Omicron wave now, driven by the significant decline in the populous province and epicenter: Gauteng,” Ridhwaan Suliman, senior researcher at the South African Council for Scientific and Industrial Research […]