SA floods claim 259 lives, shut down port of Durban

Catastrophic flooding that followed heavy rains in the South African province of KwaZulu-Natal has claimed at least 259 lives, according to the disaster management agency leading the emergency response. The rains that began late Monday swamped roadways, stressed dams, and brought towering walls of mud and water down on the…

China’s FM begins 3-nation tour in South Africa

China’s FM begins 3-nation tour in South Africa

South Africa is hosting the foreign minister of China on Friday, with his counterpart Naledi Pandor of the Department of International Relations and Cooperation (DIRCO) of South Africa welcoming him to Durban. Pandor will host bilateral talks in Durban as Wang Yi begins a three-nation visit that also will take him…

WEF: Competitiveness report focuses on youth, jobs, cities

WEF: Competitiveness report focuses on youth, jobs, cities

The Africa Competitiveness Report was released Thursday at the World Economic Forum on Africa meeting in Durban, with some muted positive trends despite the overall economic stagnation. Lagging infrastructure improvement, weak financial sector development and low levels of regional trade continue to be key constraints to growth. Yet the report,…

South Africa summit, new report focus on waste water as resource

South African President Jacob Zuma welcomed participants to the United Nations World Water Day summit in Durban on Wednesday, to begin a three-day conference on global water resources. The meeting served as launch for the 2017 World Water Development Report, with its emphasis on waste water resources and their recapture….

South African campuses see new wave of student protests, closures

The University of Witwatersrand again canceled classes Wednesday amid ongoing student protests that have swept across South Africa’s universities. The protests escalated at the Johannesburg campus this week, with clashes between students and police armed with tear gas and rubber bullets. The university’s attempt to resume classes following negotiations with…

16 year-old boy dies in tragic accident in Durban

In Durban today a tragic accident resulted in the death of a 16 year-old boy who had his face severed by a street sign whilst visiting the city with his school. According to witnesses, the teenage boy, whose name has not been released, was looking out his school bus window…