Ramaphosa, Zuma show of unity slammed by SA opposition

Ramaphosa, Zuma show of unity slammed by SA opposition

Former South African president Jacob Zuma joined his successor, President Cyril Ramaphosa, in a show of African National Congress unity on Tuesday as the ANC celebrated its anniversary in the KwaZulu-Natal province. The celebration at the Ohlange Institute – a site founded by the first ANC president in 1912 –…

Historic South African town destroyed by fire

Historic South African town destroyed by fire

In South Africa, a devastating fire that swept through the historic town of Wupperthal in the Western Cape region has left some 200 people homeless. Sunday’s fire at the town, built around a Moravian church mission station, claimed dozens of homes, the town hall and a clinic, according to former…

Ramaphosa addresses G20 Africa summit hosted by Merkel

Ramaphosa addresses G20 Africa summit hosted by Merkel

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa was among leaders, including host German Chancellor Angela Merkel, who delivered keynote addresses to the G20 Investment Summit in Berlin on Tuesday. Ramaphosa praised the success to date of the G20’s Compact with Africa program, which was launched last year in Hamburg. Since then,…

Ramaphosa welcomes India’s Modi as BRICS gets under way

Prime Minister Narendra Modi of India has arrived for the BRICS Summit in South Africa, where he was greeted by South African President Cyril Ramaphosa. Modi arrived in Johannesburg after a two-day visit in Uganda, where he met with President Yoweri Museveni, and a stop in Rwanda for talks with…

Ramaphosa, Xi begin talks in South Africa

Chinese President Xi Jinping has arrived in South Africa for what is his third state visit, ahead of the BRICS summit in Johannesburg to begin Wednesday. He’ll hold talks with South African President Cyril Ramaphosa today in Pretoria, with a focus on strengthening bilateral cooperation between the two nations, according…

DA presses Ramaphosa to stop paying Zuma fees

The Democratic Alliance (DA) party in South Africa balks at the idea of taxpayers continuing to foot the legal bill for former President Jacob Zuma, and has asked President Cyril Ramaphosa to reconsider his decision to do so. “In March, the DA filed papers with the North Gauteng High Court…

Moon sighting marks Eid Al-Fitr for African Muslims

Authorities in Saudi Arabia announced the official sighting of the moon on Thursday, and said the Eid Al-Fitr celebration will begin Friday for Muslims in Egypt, Morocco, Sudan and a host of countries. South Africa also is among nations observing the end of the holy month of Ramadan, which is…

Ramaphosa’s Ramadan message makes note of mosque attack

As Ramadan begins, South African President Cyril Ramaphosa extended well-wishes to the country’s Muslim community while keeping in mind those grieving in Verulam, which has seen a Shia mosque attacked in recent days. “The importance and benefits of this holy month of fasting, piety and charity extends beyond the lives…

Winnie Madikizela-Mandela dies in South Africa

South Africans mourned on Monday the loss of Winnie Madikizela-Mandela, the apartheid-era leader of the country’s struggle for justice and former wife of the late Nelson Mandela. Madikizela-Mandela, 81, died at a Johannesburg hospital where she had been treated over the last year for chronic illness, the family said in…

Ramaphosa talks trade as Chinese envoy visits

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Friday welcomed Yang Jiechi, Special Envoy of President Xi Jinping of China, as he opened a two-day official visit in Cape Town. Ramaphosa said the re-election of President Xi presented an opportunity for South Africa to deepen its strategic cooperation with China at a…

SA: ‘Reasonable prospect’ of success as Zuma faces 16 charges

Former South African president Jacob Zuma will face 16 charges on fraud, corruption, racketeering and money laundering tied to a 1990s-era arms deal that has haunted his political career for years. The decision announced Friday by National Director of Public Prosecutions (NDPP) Shaun Abrahams reinstates charges originally filed against Zuma…

Ramaphosa’s reset: Don’t pour cold water on this moment

In a State of the Nation speech that included a nod to the late South African musician Hugh Masekela, the country’s President Cyril Ramaphosa promised a new beginning rooted in hope and a chance to move beyond the economic and political crises of recent years. “I wanna be there when…

Laureen Fagan

Laureen is the editor of Africa Times