Madagascar: Scientist helps to discover new sea current

Madagascar: Scientist helps to discover new sea current

A researcher from Madagascar, with his South African and French counterparts, has discovered the existence of a coastal current off the island nation’s coast that may lead to improved fishing and marine industry management. Work from their study, published in Geophysical Research Letters, is part of a collaboration that includes…

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…

South Africa wants exemption from Trump’s new tariffs

South Africa has expressed its concern over a United States decision to exclude it from the list of countries receiving a last-minute exemption on steel and aluminium tariffs, and has submitted a formal request for the exclusion. The South African Department of Trade and Industry (DTI) said the tariffs that…

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

ANC denies rumors of impending Zuma resignation, immunity

South Africa remains on edge over the future of President Jacob Zuma and the African National Congress (ANC), leading to speculation and rumors including word of a Zuma resignation as early as Saturday. Some reports that emerged from Thursday’s closed-door ANC Parliamentary Caucus meeting were quickly refuted by the party….

South African miners rescued 30 hours after storm cuts power

More than 1,000 miners in South Africa trapped below ground since Wednesday night are safe, following the restoration of power following a storm-related outage. The miners at a Sibanye-Stillwater Beatrix gold mine near Welkom were brought to the surface early Friday morning after power was restored at about 3 a.m.,…