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  1. April 10, 2014

    Twelve days in southern Africa

    Day One/Two South Africa Johannesburg to Mafikeng We have been waiting all day for the president. Now the hour is drawing...

  2. April 1, 2014

    South African mining: Stuck in the past

    Mcingelwa Maqotyna still remembers the humiliation that came with applying for the job: being forced to strip naked in a...

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    The ripple effects of sluggish South African growth have concentrated minds on the nee...
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  1. March 31, 2014

    Jacob Zuma rebuffs claims of misuse of state funds for home

    Jacob Zuma, South African president, has rejected claims that he improperly benefited from a lavish multimillion-dollar...

  2. March 20, 2014

    ANC defends Jacob Zuma after scathing report reveals misconduct

    South Africa’s governing African National Congress stood by its leader, Jacob Zuma, a day after an ombudsman ruled he had...

  3. March 19, 2014

    Damning report finds Zuma spent tax millions on private estate

    South African President Jacob Zuma unduly benefited from a lavish, multimillion dollar upgrade to his private homestead and...

  4. March 16, 2014

    South Africa needs a better opposition

    For Julius Malema, the firebrand in South Africa’s forthcoming elections, the only thing that has changed in 20 years since...

  5. March 13, 2014

    Malema bids to turn division into votes

    Julius Malema speaks softly but carries a big political stick. Sitting in a plush lodge on the edge of Kruger National Park,...

  6. March 11, 2014

    Trevor Manuel to retire from South Africa politics

    Trevor Manuel, the former South African finance minister and one of the country’s most high profile lawmakers, has announced...

  7. March 9, 2014

    Jacob Zuma shrugs off jeers and is confident ahead of polls

    Three months ago, President Jacob Zuma was booed live on television at the memorial service for Nelson Mandela – a stinging...

  8. February 26, 2014

    South Africa cuts growth forecast as deficit narrows

    South Africa has been forced to cut its growth forecast for the year as the continent’s largest economy struggles, but the...

  9. February 16, 2014

    Shanduka braces for departure of key investor Ramaphosa

    As South Africa’s election campaign gathers pace, Cyril Ramaphosa, the business tycoon, has ditched his pristine suits for...

  10. February 9, 2014

    Helen Suzman: Bright Star In A Dark Chamber, by Robin Renwick

    Helen Suzman: Bright Star In A Dark Chamber, by Robin Renwick, Biteback, RRP£16.99, $28.95 A month or so before Nelson...

  11. February 2, 2014

    South Africa opposition turns on Ramphele

    South Africa’s main opposition party has accused Mamphela Ramphele, the prominent black rights activist, of reneging on an...

  12. January 28, 2014

    Mamphela Ramphele to run for president in South Africa

    Mamphela Ramphele, the prominent academic and activist, is to lead South Africa’s main opposition party in its battle...

  13. beyondbrics

    January 20, 2014

    S Africa: little respite as pressure for rate hike rises

    With elections just months away, President Jacob Zuma and his ruling African National Congress party would have been wishing...

  14. December 20, 2013

    Largest South African trade union calls for Zuma to resign

    South Africa’s largest trade union piled more pressure on President Jacob Zuma on Friday after calling for him to resign and...

  15. December 15, 2013

    Knowing Mandela, by John Carlin

    Knowing Mandela, by John Carlin, Atlantic Books, RRP£14.99, 160 pages By six days, Nelson Mandela outlived a white South...

  16. December 15, 2013

    Thousands gather as Nelson Mandela laid to rest

    Nelson Mandela was finally laid to rest on Sunday after a state funeral that was laced with emotion and touching personal...

  17. December 14, 2013

    Mandela’s long walk nears journey’s end

    QUNU, South Africa, Dec 14 - The body of Nelson Mandela arrived on Saturday at his ancestral home in the rolling hills of...

  18. December 11, 2013

    Nelson Mandela memorial interpreter accused of being fake

    South Africa faced fresh embarrassment over the memorial held to remember Nelson Mandela after a controversy erupted over...

  19. December 9, 2013

    MPs unite in paying tribute to Mandela

    David Cameron on Monday led parliamentary tributes to Nelson Mandela, but Labour MPs were determined not to let him forget...

  20. December 9, 2013

    Nelson Mandela’s death puts spotlight on ANC leadership

    When Thabo Mbeki rose to speak at a prayer service held in memory of Nelson Mandela, the icon he succeeded as president, he...

  21. December 8, 2013

    South Africa grapples with deep structural challenges

    After leading the African National Congress to a historic election victory in 1994, Nelson Mandela went on to defy not only...

  22. December 8, 2013

    South Africans join in prayer for Mandela

    Millions of South Africans of all classes, races and religions flocked to churches, mosques and synagogues on Sunday as the...

  23. December 6, 2013

    South Africans remember their Mandela moments

    While dozens of South Africans gathered outside Nelson Mandela’s old home in Soweto, dancing as they sang songs dating from...

  24. December 6, 2013

    ANC looks to life after Nelson Mandela

    There was a time when Nelson Mandela only needed to catch a cold and the uncertainty would cause tremors on international...

  25. December 5, 2013

    What Mandela taught us

    In 1993, South African general Constand Viljoen was plotting an Afrikaner guerrilla war against multiracial rule. So Nelson...

  26. December 5, 2013

    Nelson Mandela: the meaning of the Madiba magic

    The “old man” was angry. His lips were pursed, his head held high, his Olympian gaze stony. When Nelson Mandela finally...

  27. beyondbrics

    December 5, 2013

    Guest post: Mandela's economic legacy

    By Kevin Lings of Stanlib Nelson Mandela has had an unprecedented calming and positive influence on South Africa’s...

  28. December 5, 2013

    Nelson Mandela, first president of democratic South Africa

    “We enter into a covenant that we shall build a society in which all South Africans, both black and white, will be able to...

  29. December 5, 2013

    Nelson Mandela dies

    Nelson Mandela, the inspirational former South African president who guided his nation through the dramatic transition that...

  30. December 5, 2013

    South Africa’s black farmers struggle with land reform

    Elliot Nkompo discusses the trials and tribulations of farming in South Africa after attending to a weak cow struggling to...

  31. November 29, 2013

    Report claims Jacob Zuma spent public funds on his homestead

    Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, came under renewed fire on Friday after a leaked report alleged he personally...

  32. November 26, 2013

    Bleak figures add to sense of fragility in South Africa

    With South Africa lumped into the so-called “fragile five” group of emerging markets, the last thing it needed to reassure a...

  33. November 21, 2013

    S Africa orders media ban over pictures of Zuma’s house

    The contrast between President Jacob Zuma’s sprawling private Nkandla residence and the homes of most South Africans offers...

  34. November 8, 2013

    Gandhi Before India, by Ramachandra Guha

    Gandhi Before India, by Ramachandra Guha, Allen Lane, RRP£30, 688 pages Mohandas K Gandhi as quack doctor and self-styled...

  35. October 28, 2013

    Cosatu sex scandal exacerbates South Africa divisions

    As head of the Congress of South African Trade Unions, Zwelinzima Vavi has long used his position to call the government to...

  36. October 15, 2013

    New party adds to ANC’s challenges in South Africa elections

    Mixing charismatic oratory with populist rhetoric, Julius Malema, the former youth leader of South Africa’s ruling African...

  37. October 11, 2013

    South African miners call off Amplats strike

    South African miners have called off their strike at Anglo American Platinum ending a nearly two-week stoppage that cost it...

  38. September 13, 2013

    Desmond Tutu

    Desmond Tutu would have been a brilliant stand-up comic. Within moments of arriving at his foundation’s offices, sporting...

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