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    1. February 5, 2016

      Lunch with the FT: Julius Malema

      For a supposedly dangerous revolutionary, Julius Malema looks a lot like a giant baby. As I enter the room, the...

    2. January 7, 2016

      South Africa: Self-inflicted wounds

      When Jacob Zuma takes the stage on Saturday to deliver his first major speech of the year, South Africa’s president can...

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    1. December 18, 2015

      Jacob Zuma, a political soldier fighting for survival

      At around 4pm last Sunday, cars started pulling up at the president’s elegant official residence in Pretoria. South...

    2. December 16, 2015

      Jacob Zuma faces major challenge to regain South Africans’ trust

      When President Jacob Zuma replaced two finance ministers and reappointed a third in less than a week, he triggered an...

    3. December 15, 2015

      The high price of Jacob Zuma’s politicking

      Today should end better for Jacob Zuma than last Wednesday. Then, hours after a cabinet meeting dominated by his...

    4. December 15, 2015

      ANC rallies round Jacob Zuma after finance minister debacle

      South Africa’s ruling African National Congress rallied round President Jacob Zuma yesterday in the wake of a debacle...

    5. December 14, 2015

      South Africa’s Zuma counts cost of fiasco over finance minister

      As the rand tumbled and billions of dollars were wiped off the local stock market, a wave of anger within senior ranks...

    6. Fast FT

      December 10, 2015

      David who? Meet South Africa's new FinMin

      What is more worrying? The shock move last night by the South African government to sack its finance minister or the...

    7. December 10, 2015

      Finance minister sacking undermines South Africa’s reputation

      By sacking his finance minister, South African president Jacob Zuma has in a stroke undermined the country’s hard-won...

    8. December 10, 2015

      You're fired: Analysts react to South African finmin shock

      How does the market not like the defenestration of South Africa’s finance minister? Let us count the ways. It really...

    9. December 10, 2015

      Zuma faces backlash over sacking of South African finance minister

      South African president Jacob Zuma faced a backlash from financial markets on Thursday as his abrupt decision to sack...

    10. December 9, 2015

      South African rand dives after finmin sacking

      A shock move by the South African government to replace its finance minister has sent the rand into a tailspin. The...

    11. October 23, 2015

      Zuma backs down on university fees

      Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, on Friday scrapped the proposed increase in university tuition fees for next year...

    12. October 20, 2015

      Kingmakers hold key in race to succeed Zuma at helm of ANC

      Without any apparent irony, Jacob Zuma used a recent speech to African National Congress delegates to decry the...

    13. September 29, 2015

      Hitachi agrees settlement on ‘improper payments’ in South Africa

      Hitachi, the Japanese group, has agreed to pay $19m to settle US regulatory charges that it inaccurately recorded...

    14. September 21, 2015

      South African government rides to steel giant’s aid

      For years, South Africa’s steel producers and the government have been the worst of enemies, with ArcelorMittal’s...

    15. July 2, 2015

      Vanessa Gounden, owner and creative director, Vanessa Gounden Fashion

      Vanessa Gounden laughs, nervously. Her career history is “not a normal one”, she explains. We are meeting in her newly...

    16. July 1, 2015

      Three reasons to remain cheerful about South Africa

      I arrived in Johannesburg to find it sunk in gloom — literally. The lights go out regularly, often for hours at a time....

    17. May 28, 2015

      Police clear Jacob Zuma of having to repay Nkandla cash

      A South African police investigation has ruled that President Jacob Zuma does not have to repay any of the millions of...

    18. May 12, 2015

      Jacob Zuma: Power failure

      With a characteristic mix of defiance and mirth, Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, has chuckled his way through...

    19. May 10, 2015

      South Africa’s opposition party elects first black leader

      South Africa’s main opposition party elected its first black leader on Sunday, marking a significant shift in the...

    20. March 25, 2015

      South Africa corruption fears grow

      When the call came from a senior official at a state-owned company, the South African businessman was nervous. His...

    21. February 23, 2015

      South Africa: Staking a claim

      On the surface, Alfred Mahlangu and his brothers look like a success story of post-apartheid South Africa. One year...

    22. February 16, 2015

      Parliamentary punch-up bodes ill for Zuma’s South Africa

      The omens were bad long before fists started to fly. As President Jacob Zuma prepared to deliver his key policy speech...

    23. February 12, 2015

      S Africa parliament erupts as Jacob Zuma is grilled over scandal

      Chaos flared at the opening of South Africa’s parliament on Thursday when armed security officials ejected opposition...

    24. January 30, 2015

      Apartheid murderer Eugene de Kock given parole in South Africa

      PRETORIA, January 30 — Eugene de Kock, dubbed “Prime Evil” for his role in the torture and murder of scores of black...

    25. December 26, 2014

      Quotas cause ruck in South African rugby

      When Nelson Mandela handed the Rugby World Cup trophy to François Pienaar in 1995, Kaya Malotana was watching the event...

    26. November 12, 2014

      Upstart party shakes up South Africa’s parliament

      The parliamentary session began with customary politeness, as Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa’s deputy president, took...

    27. November 10, 2014

      South Africa crisis deepens after union federation fractures

      The crisis blighting South Africa’s governing alliance deepened on Monday when seven unions pledged their support to...

    28. November 8, 2014

      South Africa union split divides ruling alliance

      South Africa’s biggest union has been expelled from the main trade union federation in the most serious split in the...

    29. September 24, 2014

      Business alone cannot bring peace to Israelis and Palestinians

      In the midst of escalating conflict around the Middle East comes the depressing news that a joint Israeli-Palestinian...

    30. September 18, 2014

      Gill Marcus to step down as South Africa’s central bank chief

      Gill Marcus, South Africa’s respected central bank governor, surprised markets on Thursday by announcing she would be...

    31. August 12, 2014

      Marikana was a ‘collective failure’, says Cyril Ramaphosa

      South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa said the police killing of 34 striking miners was a “collective...

    32. August 11, 2014

      Cyril Ramaphosa defends role in run-up to ‘Marikana massacre’

      Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday defended his role during the 2012 mining unrest that claimed 44 lives, as he appeared before...

    33. July 1, 2014

      South Africa dealt fresh blow as metalworkers strike

      South Africa’s economy was dealt a fresh blow on Tuesday as 200,000 engineers and metalworkers downed tools, just a...

    34. June 18, 2014

      South Africa to review mineral resources law

      South Africa is to review proposed amendments to its mineral resources legislation that threatened to stymie investment...

    35. June 17, 2014

      Zuma pledges to ‘jump-start’ South Africa economy

      Jacob Zuma, South Africa’s president, has pledged to “jump start” Africa’s second-largest economy as it struggles...

    36. June 9, 2014

      South Africa mining strike talks end

      Government brokered talks to end the five-month platinum strike that is battering South Africa’s economy collapsed on...

    37. June 7, 2014

      Zuma admitted to hospital for tests

      JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Jacob Zuma was admitted to a hospital for tests on Saturday, and doctors...

    38. May 30, 2014

      Chief of $150bn S Africa fund resigns

      By Andrew England in Maputo Elias Masilela, the chief executive of South Africa’s Public Investment Corporation,...

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