Ramaphosa speaks out on Eskom power cuts as heat wave arrives

Ramaphosa speaks out on Eskom power cuts as heat wave arrives

Following last week’s round of power cuts, South African utility provider Eskom said Monday that the likelihood of load-shedding episodes in the coming week was low – but some South Africans said they were still seeing hours-long blackouts anyway. “The system remains constrained and vulnerable and any unexpected shift, such…

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…

U.S. announces sanctions against SA’s Gupta family

U.S. announces sanctions against SA’s Gupta family

The United States announced new economic sanctions against the Gupta family and an associate on Thursday, adding another international layer of consequences to South Africa’s “State Capture” corruption saga – one that has ensnared numerous firms, state entities and elected officials including former president Jacob Zuma. The sanctions under the…

There’s a pro-Trump rally planned this week – in Pretoria

United States President Trump may be embattled at home, where he faces an impeachment inquiry and high-stakes diplomatic crises, but right-wing activists are planning a pro-Trump rally this week anyway – in Pretoria. Willie Jordaan, the attorney who leads the Patriots for Minorities movement in South Africa, announced his plans…

South Africa’s DA says Maimane inquiry finds no wrongdoing

In South Africa, the main opposition party Democratic Alliance said Friday that an internal investigation has found no evidence of financial wrongdoing by DA head Mmusi Maimane. Maimane has been under scrutiny after allegations surfaced that he used a car and benefited financially from a housing deal in Cape Town…

Buhari in South Africa for three-day state visit

President Muhammadu Buhari of Nigeria is in South Africa for a three-day official visit, where he will meet with his South African counterpart, President Cyril Ramaphosa. Buhari’s plane touched down Wednesday evening at the South African military airbase in Waterkloof, according to a statement from the Nigerian presidency. The two…

Why track & trace is the solution for South Africa’s “Tobacco Wars”

The timing of Johann van Loggerenberg’s new book, Tobacco Wars, could scarcely have been more apt. Just a couple of weeks after South Africa’s former crime-buster published a brutal exposé of the cigarette industry, Zimbabwean tobacco kingpin Simon Rudland was shot at nine times in an apparent assassination attempt. Rudland,…

Arnaud Gallet

Arnaud is a French freelance writer with an African heart who has lived in 10 different Sub-Saharan countries in the past decade. He is currently based in Paris.

SA unions cancel banking strike after court ruling

South Africa’s banking strike, planned for Friday, is postponed after the Braamfontein Labour Court decided Thursday that the national finance-worker walkout was illegal. The South African Society of Bank Officials (SASBO), the union planning the strike to protest job losses, expected five marches in Johannesburg, Durban, Bloemfontein, Port Elizabeth and…

Planned bank strike looms over South Africa

Anxious South Africans are watching to see if a planned banking strike on Friday goes forward, with union supporters vowing that it will – and warning them to make sure they have the cash they need before there’s no money at the ATM kiosks. The South African Society of Bank…

Johannesburg sky lights up for Batman Day

Johannesburg was on the map as the world celebrated Batman Day, with lights throwing the “bat signal” onto prominent buildings in a host of cities around the globe. All told, there were 13 cities on six continents participating in the event, which comes on the third Saturday of September and…

Malema, EFF reject apology after SA reporter’s on-air insult

South African broadcaster EWN has apologized to Julius Malema, head of the Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party, after reporter Barry Bateman was accused of insulting Malema on tape while wrapping up a press conference at HAWKS police headquarters in Pretoria on Tuesday. “Bateman was caught on camera using derogatory words…

Ramaphosa appeals for calm in address to nation

President Cyril Ramaphosa took to the airwaves Thursday evening to deliver another message on South Africa’s escalating violence over migrants, which has claimed at least 10 lives and led to the arrest of more than 400 people. It’s also started to spread to other nations, with Nigeria reporting attacks on…

Ramaphosa condemns South African xenophobia, violence

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday condemned the violence against foreigners that has been sweeping across parts of the country, as mobs loot and attack immigrants and the businesses they own. “The attacks on people who run businesses from foreign nationals is something that is totally unacceptable,” Ramaphosa said…