Ramaphosa centers COVID, corruption during SONA address

Ramaphosa centers COVID, corruption during SONA address

South Africa must prioritize both the fight against the coronavirus pandemic and the country’s economic recovery, especially with an eye toward climate change and the energy sector, the president said during the annual State of the Nation address. President Cyril Ramaphosa compared his nation to the fynbos, a South African…

U.S. adds South Africa to COVID travel restrictions list

U.S. adds South Africa to COVID travel restrictions list

The United States said Monday that it is adding South Africa to the list of countries subject to travel restrictions because of the coronavirus pandemic and the emergence of a new strain of COVID in the African nation. Jen Psaki, the White House press secretary for the new Biden administration,…

South Africa mourns loss of Mthembu to COVID

South Africa is the latest nation to bid farewell to one of its high-level ministers because of COVID, as President Cyril Ramaphosa announced Thursday the death of longtime African National Congress member Jackson Mthembu. The 62-year-old Mthembu, above, an ANC national executive committee member with a legacy of anti-apartheid and…

South Africa’s Tutu promotes COVID vaccine acceptance

South Africans have been encouraged to receive COVID-19 vaccinations from one of the most prominent figures in the nation: Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Tutu, through his foundation, issued a statement Monday that’s meant to reduce vaccine hesitancy while reassuring citizens that the coronavirus vaccines are as effective as they are…

South Africa nears 25K deaths as COVID variant increases concern

South African health officials are grappling with a new wave of COVID infections, some linked to a newly identified variant of the coronavirus as the country closes in on 25,000 fatalities. The National Institute for Communicable Diseases (NICD) announced another 216 COVID fatalities on Monday. At least 150 samples from…

BRICS leaders focus on COVID challenges

President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa joined China’s Xi Jinping in calling for cooperation and unity in the fight against COVID as leaders of the five developing BRICS economies met Tuesday in a virtual meeting hosted by Russia. Ramaphosa’s focus on trade disruptions, supply chain challenges and African debt follows…

Iran denies plans to assassinate U.S. ambassador to SA

Intelligence officials in the United States warn that the U.S. ambassador to South Africa is the target of an assassination plot the Iranian government plans in retaliation for the death of Gen. Qassem Soleimani in January. Soleimani, the powerful head of Iran’s Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps and its Quds Force,…

South Africans defend Mandela after alleged Trump insults

South Africans weighed in Tuesday on the alleged comments of President Donald Trump of the United States, whose remarks about African nations have faced scrutiny before but now include the late Nelson Mandela. This time they’ve come up again through a new book written by former Trump attorney and disgraced…

African leaders extend assistance, condolences after Lebanon blast

African leaders joined their counterparts from across the globe on Wednesday as they extended condolences and assistance to the people of Lebanon following Tuesday’s massive explosion in Beirut. President Cyril Ramaphosa of South Africa, current holder of the African Union presidency, expressed concern for the many Lebanese families who lost…

SA hospitality workers call attention to COVID-19 job impacts

South African photographer Daniela Zondagh captured a striking image of an empty table with 1,000 seats to help business owners in the hospitality industry illustrate the impact the coronavirus pandemic is having on their livelihoods. Zondagh documented the table setup for Bosman Family Vineyards, which claims an eight-generation heritage in…

Big Tobacco accused of hypocrisy over South Africa ban

A consortium of tobacco companies has taken the South African government to court in a bid to overturn the administration’s decision to ban the sale of alcohol and tobacco products during the Covid-19 pandemic. Japan Tobacco International (JPI) and British American Tobacco South Africa (BATSA), together with The South Africa…

WHO warns of COVID case rise across sub-Saharan Africa

The World Health Organization has issued a clear warning about the acceleration of coronavirus cases on the African continent, noting that many countries are seeing a rise in positive COVID cases that exceeds the percentage that has commanded so much attention in South Africa. “It’s not accelerating any faster than…