South Africa: HAWKS unit launches #Guptaleaks investigations

South Africa’s elite police service says its investigators have opened a case into the “Guptaleaks,” following the agency’s silence after thousands of emails were leaked to South African media outlets and first surfaced in May. The cache of emails – some estimates put it as high as 200,000 – are…

Microsoft plans two SA data centers, cloud service expansion

Technology titan Microsoft has announced plans to deliver cloud computing services from two new data centers located in South Africa. Microsoft will deliver cloud services, including Microsoft Azure, Office 365, and Dynamics 365, from data centers located in Johannesburg and Cape Town, with availability expected to be online in 2018….

Muslims watch for moon signaling start of Ramadan

Muslims across Africa and around the globe begin the holy month of Ramadan this weekend, with some variations among countries based on how their religious authorities interpret the visibility of the moon that signals the start of the fast. In Saudi Arabia, the High Judicial Court said that the moon…

GM announces departure from SA manufacturing, Chevrolet market

General Motors announced Thursday that it will pull out of its South African manufacturing operations at Struandale -Port Elizabeth by the end of 2017 and phase out the Chevrolet brand, while Isuzu acquires its light commercial vehicle lines. “After a thorough assessment of our South African operations, we believe it…

This is not a drill: Cape Town, climate and the water crisis

The water crisis and unrelenting drought in Cape Town, South Africa, have become so dire that city officials on Tuesday recommended the highest level of water restrictions for its nearly 4 million people. “This is not a drill,” the city said, in a public message clearly marked as a drought…

Laureen Fagan

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South Africa: Violent clashes lead to attacks on journalists

Attacks on South African journalists covering violent clashes this week – along with police interference with their work – have met with condemnation from the South African National Editors’ Forum (Sanef). On Monday, protests in Coligny followed a court decision to grant bail to two farmers accused of killing a…