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2015 Jan 5, In South Africa 2
suspected rhino poachers were shot dead after they opened fire on
rangers in South Africa's Kruger National Park.
2015 Jan 22, In South Africa
Jackie Selebi (64), a former police chief and member of parliament,
died. He was convicted of corruption in 2010, accused of accepting
bribes from a drug smuggler in exchange for tipoffs into police
2015 Jan 23, South Africa
police said days of violence and looting of foreign-owned shops have
left at least 2 people dead and 153 arrested in the Johannesburg
area. Police blamed youths addicted to drugs.
2015 Jan 27, In South Africa
Martin van Breda (55), a successful businessman, his wife, Teresa
(54) and Rudi (22), the couple’s eldest son, were found dead in
their De Zalze estate house. Daughter Marli (16) was hospitalized
with an ax wound to the head. Henri van Breda (20), who was slightly
injured in the attack, later faced three counts of murder for the ax
killings of his parents and older brother.
(AP, 2/3/15)(AP, 6/14/16)
2015 Jan 30, The South African
government granted parole to Eugene de Kock, the head of a covert
unit for the apartheid state responsible for dozens of deaths,
saying it is in the interest of national reconciliation.
2015 Feb 6, South African
author, Andre Brink (b.1935), died aboard a KLM flight travelling
from the Netherlands to Cape Town. He used his work to question the
policies of South Africa's apartheid regime. His 1975 book, "Looking
on Darkness," the first of Brink's books distributed to the United
States, was banned by the South African government until 1982.
2015 Feb 7, South African
police discovered the frozen corpses of four newborn babies in two
freezers at a house in the southern city of Mthatha.
2015 Feb 12, In South Africa
Pres. Zuma’s State of the Nation address was interrupted with
questions about longstanding allegations of corruption in a $23
million state-funded security upgrade to his rural home in Nkandla.
Speaker Baleka Mbete told the EFF and its firebrand leader Julius
Malema to stop asking questions. When they refused, she ordered them
to be removed, prompting a brawl in which several people were
2015 Feb 22, South Africa's
Harmony Gold said about 200 miners had not been located after an
underground fire started at its Kusasalethu mine during maintenance.
2015 Feb 25, The South African
government raised taxes and scaled back spending plans in its annual
budget as it wrestled with stalling growth, rising debt, power
blackouts and rampant unemployment.
2015 Mar 4, In South Africa
about 500 people fled their homes in Cape Town as a wildfire defied
rain and firefighters with smoke and flames rising for a fourth day.
2015 Mar 8, In South Africa a
helicopter pilot died in a crash while fighting wildfires in the
Cape of Good Hope section of Table Mountain National Park.
2015 Mar 10, A South African
Broadcasting Corporation (SABC) crew were reporting outside a
Johannesburg hospital when they were accosted by muggers who robbed
them of mobile phones, laptops and other equipment. The incident
that occurred in a badly lit street was caught on camera, and later
aired on television.
2015 Mar 12, South Africa's
state-owned power company Eskom suspended its chief executive and
three other top officials as its board launched an inquiry into the
2015 Mar 23, Australian-born
former tennis Grand Slam champion Bob Hewitt was found guilty in
South Africa of raping and assaulting young girls whom he was
coaching in the early 1980s.
2015 Mar 27, South Africa's
state power company Eskom said more than 1,000 workers building a
much-needed new power plant had been sacked for staging an illegal
strike two days earlier, as the country grapples with rolling
2015 Mar, In South Africa a
wave of attacks against the country's colonial heritage began when
young protestors at the University of Cape Town threw excrement at a
statue of Cecil Rhodes, eventually forcing the university to remove
the statue of the British imperialist.
2015 Apr 3, In South Africa a
500-meter (yard) stretch of Mpenjati Beach officially opened as a
nudist beach. In October, 2014, the Hibiscus Coast local
municipality approved an application by the South African National
Naturist Association (SANNA).
2015 Apr 5, In South Africa
statue of Afrikaner hero Paul Kruger was defaced in Pretoria, the
latest in a series of anti-colonial protests that has forced the
country to square its racist past with the spirit of reconciliation
championed by Nelson Mandela.
2015 Apr 10, In South Africa
two Ethiopian nationals suffered serious burns when their shop was
set alight by a petrol mob in Umlazi, south of Durban, as violence
against foreign immigrants spread.
2015 Apr 13, South Africa’s
police said 4 people were killed and shops owned by immigrants in
townships in Durban looted and burnt, as violence between residents
and foreign nationals escalated.
2015 Apr 14, South African
police increased patrols in Durban after deadly attacks on
immigrant-owned shops there started last week and continued
2015 Apr 16, South African
police fired rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse a crowd of
anti-immigrant protesters in an eastern suburb of Johannesburg.
2015 Apr 17, Zimbabwe said it
will evacuate its nationals caught in anti-foreigner violence that
has left 6 people dead in South Africa.
2015 Apr 18, South African
police detained more than 30 people overnight as xenophobic violence
simmered around the economic hub Johannesburg.
2015 Apr 19, In South Africa
Sister Gertrud Tiefenbacher (86), from the Sacred Heart Home Convent
in the village of Ixopo, southwest of Durban, was found murdered in
her room after being suffocated with a towel, and her hands tied
with an electric typewriter cord. On April 28 police said three
people have been arrested for her rape and murder. On May 12
Sibongiseni Phungula (25) and Mondli Shozi (26) pleaded guilty to
rape and murder saying they had broken into the convent to steal
2015 Apr 19, In South Africa
Emmanuel Sithole, a Mozambican street vendor, begged for his life as
four men beat him and stabbed him in the heart.
2015 Apr 21, South Africa
deployed the army in "volatile areas" to curb a wave of
anti-immigrant violence that has killed at least seven people this
2015 Apr 23, In South Africa
several thousand demonstrators marched through central Johannesburg
to protest against a spate of deadly attacks on immigrants, after
further raids by the authorities on suspected gang hideouts.
2015 Apr 28, In South Africa a
train guard was killed and 240 people injured when two crowded
commuter trains collided in Johannesburg.
2015 Apr 30, In South Africa
Judge Hans Fabricius ruled that Robin Stransham-Ford (65),
terminally ill with prostate cancer, could be euthanized with no
legal or professional consequences for the doctor who will
participate. Current law regards assisted suicide in the same way as
homicide or murder. Stransham-Ford died of natural causes shortly
after the judgement.
(AP, 4/30/15)(SSFC, 5/3/15, p.A4)
2015 May 10, The South African
government said that more rhinos had been poached in 2015 than in
the previous year with 393 poached by the end of April.
2015 May 10, In South
Africa Mmusi Maimane (34) became the leader of the leader of the
opposition Democratic Alliance (DA).
(Econ, 5/16/15, p.44)
2015 May 12, In South Africa
Lawyers for Human Rights obtained a court order to halt any
deportations for two weeks and allow foreigners arrested during
recent raids to get access to legal representation after government
authorities said they have arrested about 750 immigrants staying
illegally in the country.
2015 May 18, In South Africa
former Grand Slam doubles tennis champion Bob Hewitt (75) was found
guilty of assaulting three under-age girls during his time coaching
local children in the 1980s and 1990s. Hewitt was sentenced to six
years in prison.
2015 May 28, South Africa’s the
police minister announced that President Jacob Zuma will not have to
repay any of the public money spent on upgrades to his private
residence that included a swimming pool and chicken run. Zuma had
nominated the minister of police, a Zuma appointee, to determine how
much he should repay.
2015 Jun 1, In South Africa a
lion leapt through an open car window and mauled to death an
American tourist at a privately-run game park just outside
2015 Jun 14, A South African
judge ordered authorities to prevent Sudanese President Omar
al-Bashir, who is in South Africa for an African Union summit, from
leaving the country because of an international order for his
arrest. The South African government had granted immunity "for all
(summit) participants. Bashir arrived home the next day.
(AP, 6/14/15)(Reuters, 6/15/15)
2015 Jul 9, South African
police destroyed more than 14,000 firearms to mark International Gun
Destruction Day in the furnace of a steel manufacturing plant
2015 Jul 17, In South Africa
239 commuters were injured in a rush hour train collision when
a moving train crashed into the back of a stationary train traveling
from the Johannesburg city center to the township of Soweto.
2015 Jul 24, Mining groups
Anglo American and Lonmin announced plans to cut their headcounts by
a combined 12,000 staff owing to falling metals prices in a weak
global economy. Lonmin, the world's third largest platinum producer,
said it would cut 6,000 jobs in South Africa.
2015 Aug 4, A South African
judge threw out a corruption case against firebrand politician
Julius Malema after three years of delays, giving a major boost to
President Jacob Zuma's fiercest critic.
2015 Aug 16, In South Africa a
small Namibian medical plane crashed in the Tygerberg Nature Reserve
east of Cape Town, killing all 5 people aboard.
2015 Aug 25, In South Africa
eight policeman were found guilty of murdering Mido Macia (27), a
Mozambican man, who died after being dragged behind a moving police
van on February 26, 2013, an incident that provoked global outrage.
2015 Sep 10, South African
scientists said they've discovered a new member of the human family
tree based on fossils found in 2013 at a cave near the town of
Magaliesburg. Researchers named the creature Homo naledi
(nah-LEH-dee) and estimated the species to be some 2.5 million to
2.8 million years old.
2015 Aug 28, In South Africa
five passengers carrying over $5 million in cash were detained while
boarding an Emirates flight at Johannesburg's main international
airport. Rumors followed that the cash was headed for the Islamic
State group, but by Sep 22 authorities had not found any tangible
2015 Sep 23, South African
authorities said Cape Town's Pollsmoor Prison, that once held Nelson
Mandela, is being evacuated after two prisoners died from
leptospirosis, a disease carried by rats.
2015 Sep 24, The South African
military said it is withdrawing about 50 peacekeepers from a United
Nations mission in Congo because they violated disciplinary codes.
2015 Sep 27, Ten fishermen died
and three were missing after the crew of a fishing trawler abandoned
their vessel in rough seas off the South African coast.
2015 Sep 27, Rebels in Sudan's
Darfur region ambushed a South African unit that is part of a
UN-African Union peacekeeping mission, killing one soldier and
seriously injuring another.
2015 Sep 29, South African
police crime statistics showed murder rising by 4.6% with 49 people
murdered each day. Violent crimes increased for a third year in a
(SFC, 9/30/15, p.A2)
2015 Oct 1, In South Africa
King Buyelekhaya Dalindyebo of Nelson Mandela's Thembu ethnic group
was sentenced to 12 years in jail for torching homes, beating people
and kidnapping a family in a supposed attempt to discipline them.
The Supreme Court of Appeal was ruling on an appeal by Dalindyebo
against his 2009 conviction and sentencing to a 15-year jail term.
2015 Oct 3, In South Africa
hundreds of people demonstrated in Johannesburg in defense of
rhinos, elephants and lions against poaching and to demand
authorities take more radical action.
2015 Oct 11, South Africa said
it plans to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC). The
government faced criticism for ignoring a court order to arrest
Sudan's president earlier this year.
2015 Oct 13, South African coal
mineworkers ended a 10-day strike after reaching a pay agreement
2015 Oct 14, In South Africa
several thousand demonstrators marched through Johannesburg to
protest against government corruption as public anger builds over
the weakening economy.
2015 Oct 19, In South Africa
chanting protesters, including medical students with stethoscopes
around their necks, demonstrated against planned increases in
tuition fees at a number of top universities.
2015 Oct 19, In South Africa
footage from closed circuit television showed police firing at the
man from close range as he lay on the ground in Krugersdorp, a town
west of Johannesburg. On Nov 2 four police officers were arrested on
2015 Oct 20, In South Africa
disgraced Paralympian Oscar Pistorius spent his first day out of
jail at his uncle's home in Pretoria where he will serve the rest of
his sentence under house arrest for killing his girlfriend.
2015 Oct 21, South African riot
police fired stun grenades at hundreds of protesting students who
stormed the parliament precinct in Cape Town to try to disrupt the
reading of Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene's interim budget.
2015 Oct 22, South African
officials said 19 elephants have been poached this year in Kruger
National Park. Record levels of rhinos have also been poached.
(SFC, 10/23/15, p.A2)
2015 Oct 23, In South Africa
thousands of university students protesting planned tuition hikes
flocked to the country's main government complex, with some setting
fires and throwing stones as police responded with stun grenades,
tear gas and a water cannon. Pres. Zuma met with student leaders and
university managers. His office later announced that there would be
no fee increase for university students in 2016.
2015 Oct 28, South African
police fired stun grenades and arrested one student in clashes at
Johannesburg's University of the Witwatersrand, as country-wide
protests for free tertiary education entered a third week.
2015 Oct, In South Africa
twelve men attacked two couples strolling in a Johannesburg park. 2
men were bound and thrown into a lake where they drowned. One woman
was raped and the other escaped. On Nov 9 one man (24, suspected to
be part of the group of attackers, appeared in court.
2015 Nov 3, South African-based
MTN Group said that the Nigerian Communications Commission is
extending its operating license to 2021 at a cost of $94.2 million
even as the company faces a multibillion-dollar fine there. Last
week, the commission fined MTN $5.2 billion for failing to
disconnect millions of unregistered cellphone subscribers.
2015 Nov 9, Sifiso Dabengwa,
the CEO of South Africa-based MTN Group, Africa's biggest
telecommunications company, resigned because of a $5.2 billion fine
meted out to MTN Group's Nigerian subsidiary.
2015 Nov 11, South African
anti-riot police fired stun grenades to disperse scores of striking
parliamentary workers demanding higher pay outside the assembly
building in Cape Town.
2015 Nov 13, In South Africa
student protesters won the right to be taught in English at
Stellenbosch University, the intellectual home of Afrikaners during
2015 Nov 26, A South African
court opened the way to allowing local trade in rhino horns,
alarming some conservationists who warned the ruling leaves rhinos
even more vulnerable to poachers who are slaughtering them in record
2015 Dec 2, Chinese President
Xi Jinping held talks with South Africa's President Jacob Zuma that
were expected to focus on boosting investment and trade worth around
$20 billion dollars a year.
2015 Dec 3, In South Africa
Oscar Pistorius was convicted of murder by an appeals court that
described the once-glittering story of the double-amputee Olympian
and Reeva Steenkamp, the girlfriend he killed in his home in 2013,
as a human tragedy of Shakespearean proportions.
2015 Dec 4, South African
authorities issued a warrant of arrest for Oscar Pistorius (29), a
day after the Paralympic champion was convicted on appeal of
murdering his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp.
2015 Dec 4, Chinese President
Xi Jinping, speaking at a summit of the Forum on China-Africa
Cooperation in South Africa, told African leaders his country would
pump $60 billion into development projects, cancel some debt and
boost agriculture under a three-year plan that will extend Beijing's
influence in the continent.
2015 Dec 4, South Africa-based
MTN announced that its fine by Nigeria's communications agency had
been reduced to 674 billion naira ($3.4 billion). Spokesman Tony
Ojobo said there was a typo and the actual amount is 780 billion
naira ($3.9 billion).
2015 Dec 9, South Africa’s
Pres. Jacob Zuma fired respected finance minister Nhlanhla Nene. He
was replaced by David van Rooyen.
(Econ, 12/12/15, p.49)
2015 Dec 11, South Africa
expelled a North Korean diplomat. He was arrested in neighboring
Mozambique in May on charges related to rhino horn smuggling.
2015 Dec 14, South Africa's
third finance minister in less than a week reassured the country
that the economy will be steadied, which saw the currency stabilize.
2015 Dec 15, A spokesman for
South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority said the country's
High Commissioner to Australia has been charged with corruption.
Sibusiso Ndebele appeared in a Durban court and was released on $655
2015 Robin Renwick, former
British ambassador to South Africa, authored “The End of Apartheid:
Diary of a Revolution."
(Econ., 3/14/15, p.85)
2015 In South Africa Zulu King
Goodwill Zwelithini received $4.8 million this year for the upkeep
of his household, which included seven palaces, six wives and at
least 28 children. King Goodwill and nine other traditional kings
and one queen received a yearly public stipend of about $110,000.
(Econ., 5/2/15, p.42)
2015 Tuberculosis claimed the
lives of an estimated 1.8 million people around the world this year,
60% of whom lived in China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan and
2015 The population of South
Africa was about 54 million.
(Econ., 4/25/15, p.44)
2015 In South Africa 1,175
rhinos were killed by poachers this year, a slight decrease on 2014,
but another year of carnage fueled by Asian-led demand for their
2016 Jan 7, South Africa's
financial hub Johannesburg hit a record temperature of 38 degrees
Celsius, as a drought persisted in Africa's largest producer of
2016 Feb 3, The office of South
Africa's President Jacob Zuma said he will pay back some of the
public funds used to upgrade his private home, attempting to end a
two-year scandal that has plagued his government.
2016 Feb 5, In northeastern
South Africa 87 miners were rescued after a cave-in at a Vantage
Goldfields mine in Barbeton town, Mpumalanga province. 3 men
remained missing in a mobile office buried in a sinkhole.
(Reuters, 2/5/16)(AP, 2/10/16)
2016 Feb 9, South African
opposition protesters marched on the country's Constitutional Court
in Johannesburg, where judges heard a case over public money spent
on President Jacob Zuma's private house.
2016 Feb 15, The UN World Food
Program (WFP) said as many as 49 million people in southern Africa
could be affected by a drought that has been worsened by the most
severe and longest El Nino weather pattern in 35 years.
2016 Feb 17, The World Bank
said South Africa's worst drought in over a century has pushed
around 50,000 below the poverty line.
2016 Feb 23, South Africa said
it will relax some of its tough rules on genetically modified crops
so it can ramp up maize imports from the United States and Mexico to
avert a potential food crisis amid a severe drought.
2016 Feb 24, South Africa said
it will withdraw its troops from peacekeeping operations in Sudan's
Darfur region. Pres. Zuma's office also announced that elected
officials will receive salary increases of 4.4 percent, compared
with inflation of more than 6 percent.
2016 Feb 25, In South Africa
protesting students burned down several buildings at a university
overnight, forcing administrators to close the campus and telling
students to leave.
2016 Mar 5, In South Africa a
lawyer representing 4,365 claimants affected by silicosis said that
Anglo American South Africa and AngloGold Ashanti have agreed to pay
the equivalent of $32,595,800.
2016 Mar 8, The South African
government said that exploration for shale gas will begin in the
next 12 months, ending years of speculation over the project.
2016 Mar 10, In Sudan 2 South
African soldiers were killed over the last 24 hours during attacks
on food aid trucks in the Darfur region.
2016 Mar 16, South Africa’s
deputy finance minister alleged in an official Finance Ministry
press release that members of the Gupta family had offered him the
position of his boss, finance minister Nhlanhla Nene.
(Econ, 3/19/16, p.52)
2016 Mar 18, In South Africa
the Indian Gupta brothers, who are accused of corrupting President
Jacob Zuma, lashed out at "xenophobic and hate speech" against them,
and denied benefiting from links to the government.
2016 Mar 22, In South Africa
anti-mining activist Sikhosiphi Rhadebe was killed at his home in
the Xolobeni area of Eastern Cape province. Rhadebe, also known as
"Bazooka," was the chairman of the Amadiba Crisis Committee, an
2016 Mar 23, South Africa's
Talk Radio 702 said the elite 'Hawks' police unit has launched a
corruption probe into President Jacob Zuma's son, Duduzane, and the
Guptas, a family of businessmen accused of wielding improper
2016 Mar 24, In South Africa an
anti-poaching security unit found two white rhino cows killed and a
bull seriously injured in a wildlife park. Two orphaned calves, aged
three and 11 months and still suckling, were sent to a sanctuary.
2016 Mar 31, South Africa's top
court ruled that President Jacob Zuma flouted the constitution in
using public funds to upgrade his private residence and must repay
the money, sparking calls for his impeachment.
2016 Apr 6, South Africa's
First National Bank (FNB) said it has has closed the accounts of a
company owned by the wealthy Gupta family, the latest example of
companies cutting ties with the Guptas following allegations over
their relationship with Pres. Jacob Zuma.
2016 Apr 8, In South Africa
Ajay and Atul Gupta, two brothers from the family of wealthy Indian
immigrants who own a vast business empire with interests in mining,
media, technology and engineering, were seen at a Johannesburg
airport boarding their private jet for Dubai.
2016 Apr 17, In South Africa at
least 11 people were killed and 59 more injured when a bus
transporting African National Congress (ANC) supporters from an
election rally in Port Elizabeth overturned.
2016 Apr 23, In South Africa 49
starved and sick monkeys were rescued from filthy living conditions
in a private zoo, and were whisked away to a care facility after
failed attempts by the owner of Little Falls garden center to
improve their living conditions.
2016 Apr 29, A South African
court ruled President Jacob Zuma (74) should face 738 corruption
charges that were dropped in 2009.
2016 May 1, In South Africa 33
lions arrived at the Emoya Big Cat Sanctuary after being flown from
Colombia and Peru, where they were freed after the use of wild
animals was outlawed. 24 of the lions were rescued during surprise
raids on Peruvian circuses, while nine were "voluntarily
surrendered" by a Colombian circus.
(http://tinyurl.com/hma9hg2)(SFC, 5/2/16, p.A2)
2016 May 13, In South Africa a
judge ruled that gold miners who got lung diseases while working
underground, as well as families of miners who died of such
diseases, can launch a class action suit against mining companies.
2016 May 16, The International
Federation of Red Cross and the Red Crescent Societies (IFRC)
pledged $110 million to a new initiative to help drought-stricken
southern African countries including Lesotho, Malawi, Mozambique,
Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Zimbabwe.
2016 May 19, South African
media said authorities have arrested at least 30 students after the
torching of a building at the University of Fort Hare during
overnight protests. It was not immediately clear why the students
2016 May 20, South Africa's
Supreme Court of Appeal dismissed a government bid to keep a
seven-year ban in place on the domestic trade in rhino horn. The
decision had no bearing on a ban on international trade in rhino
2016 May 23, In South Africa
the demolition of shacks north of Pretoria triggered riots that
continued into the night with 2 security guards were killed.
2016 May 26, South Africa's
public broadcaster said it would stop screening violent protests
involving the firebombing of public buildings -- a move condemned as
censorship ahead of crucial elections.
2016 May, South Africa’s
parliament passed a bill making it easier for the state to force
whites to sell land for redistribution to blacks.
(Econ, 6/18/16, p.51)
2016 Jun 4, The US government
said it has received information that terrorist groups are planning
to carry out attacks against places where its citizens congregate in
shopping areas in South Africa.
2016 Jun 8, South Africa's
department of environmental affairs said an on-again-off-again
moratorium on domestic trade in rhino horn had been reinstated after
it appealed to the top court in the land to render judgment on the
2016 Jun 11, In South Africa 8
people including three children died in a house fire in Cape Town.
2016 Jun 21, South African
rioters blocked roads, looted shops and burned vehicles in several
areas of the country's capital, Pretoria, in a show of anger over
the selection of the ruling party's mayoral candidate ahead of local
elections. Police shot dead two people suspected of looting shops in
(AP, 6/21/16)(Reuters, 6/22/16)
2016 Jun 22, In South Africa
rioting continued on the outskirts of Pretoria as looters targeted
shops in neighborhoods belonging to immigrants.
(SFC, 6/23/16, p.A2)
2016 Jun 27, South Africa’s
National Treasury said President Jacob Zuma should pay back $500,000
of public funds used to upgrade his private residence with
facilities including a chicken coop and swimming pool.
2016 Jul 6, In South Africa
Oscar Pistorius (29), a world-famous disabled Olympian, was
sentenced to six years in prison for the 2013 murder of girlfriend
2016 Jul 8, Indian PM Narendra
Modi took his Africa tour to South Africa, seeking to boost trade
between two countries.
2016 Jul 11, South African
police said twin brothers Brandon-Lee and Tony-Lee Thulsie (23),
arrested on terrorism charges over the weekend, were plotting to
blow up the US embassy in Pretoria and Jewish institutions, and
planned to join the Islamic State.
2016 Jul 11, South Africa's
telecoms regulator ordered the public broadcaster to reverse its May
26 decision to stop airing footage of violent protests, a policy
which critics said amounted to censorship.
2016 Jul 16, South Africa's
MeerKAT radio telescope showed off its phenomenal power, revealing
1,300 galaxies in a tiny corner of the universe where only 70 were
2016 Jul 17, In South Africa
philanthropist Bill Gates delivered the Nelson Mandela Annual
Lecture ahead of Mandela Day and said that his foundation will
invest another $5 billion in Africa over the next five years.
(SFC, 7/18/16, p.A2)
2016 Jul 18, In South Africa
more than 18,000 scientists, campaigners and donors opened a major
AIDS conference in Durban, issuing stark warnings that recent gains
in the fight against the disease were under threat.
2016 Jul 28, The UN Food and
Agriculture Organization (FAO) said some 23 million farmers in
drought-hit Southern Africa need urgent help to prepare for the next
planting season with only a few weeks left before it begins. It said
Botswana, Swaziland, South Africa, Namibia and Zimbabwe have
reported more than 640,000 drought-related livestock deaths. Farmers
and cattle herders in 10 countries have requested assistance:
Lesotho, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Namibia, South Africa,
Swaziland, Tanzania, Zambia and Zimbabwe.
2016 Aug 3, South Africans
voted in municipal elections described as the most closely contested
for the African National Congress since it took power in the first
all-race elections in 1994. More than 12 people have been killed
ahead of the vote. After three days the ANC led with the most votes
overall and said it would still try to form coalitions to govern the
municipalities where it lost its majority. Herman Mashaba (57) was
elected mayor of Johannesburg.
(AP, 8/3/16)(Reuters, 8/6/16)(Econ, 9/24/16,
2016 Aug 4, South Africa's
opposition Democratic Alliance led in three major cities as votes
were counted in local elections, threatening to deal the biggest
electoral blow to the African National Congress since the end of
apartheid two decades ago.
2016 Aug 5, In South Africa
with more than 95 percent of votes counted in municipal elections,
the ruling party ANC appeared to be headed for its biggest electoral
blow since it won power at the end of apartheid 22 years ago. The
party so far has received 54 percent of votes across the country,
its lowest percentage ever, with the Democratic Alliance getting 26
percent. The opposition DA won the symbolic Nelson Mandela Bay
municipality with 47 percent of the vote compared with 41 percent
for the ANC.
(AP, 8/5/16)(Reuters, 8/5/16)
2016 Aug 27, South Africa's
wealthy Gupta family, with influential ties to Pres. Jacob Zuma,
said they plan to sell all their business interests in the country
by the end of the year.
2016 Aug 29, Colin Waters,
secretary of the Anthropocene Working Group (AWG), addressed the
Int’l. Geological Congress in Cape Town and said there was good
reason to ringing down the curtain on the Holocene, the present
12,000-year old geological epoch, and recognizing that Earth has
entered a new one, the Anthropocene. Most AWG members put the
turning point at 1964, the high-point of nuclear weapons testing.
(Econ, 9/3/16, p.69)
2016 Aug 30, A South African
school was ordered to suspend allegedly racist hairstyle regulations
after black pupils said they had been called monkeys by teachers for
wearing banned 'afros'.
2016 Sep 14, South Africa said
rangers in Kruger National Par are killing about 350 hippos and
buffalos in an attempt to relieve the impact of the region's most
severe drought in more than three decades.
2016 Sep 24, In South Africa
thousands of conservationists and top government officials went into
talks in Sandton, a suburb of Johannesburg, for the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES) to thrash out
international trade regulations on elephant ivory, rhino horn and
hundreds of endangered wild animals and plants.
(AFP, 9/24/16)(Econ, 10/1/16, p.48)
2016 Sep 28, In South Africa
the Convention on International Trade in Endangered Species (CITES)
meeting in Johannesburg voted overwhelmingly to ban trade in the
endangered pangolin, the world's most heavily trafficked mammal.
2016 Sep 28, South African
rangers shot and killed three suspected poachers in
Hluhluwe-iMfolozi park in South Africa's KwaZulu-Natal province.
2016 Sep 29, Thailand’s
government said it has decided to suspend seahorse trade because of
concern about threats to its wild population. The decision was
announced at a meeting in South Africa of the Convention on
International Trade in Endangered Species of Wild Fauna and Flora
2016 Sep, South Africa became
one of the first African states to adopt a “test and treat" protocol
whereby anyone infected with the HIV virus can get drugs
immediately, instead of waiting for the symptoms of full-blown aids
(Econ, 12/3/16, p.39)
2016 Oct 4, South African
police fired rubber bullets, stun grenades and teargas at student
protesters in Johannesburg as authorities tried to re-open the
prestigious Wits University after weeks of demonstrations.
2016 Oct 10, South African
police clashed with student protesters demanding free education at
the University of the Witwatersrand (Wits) which had reopened after
demonstrations forced its closure last week.
2016 Oct 11, South African riot
police fought stone-throwing students for a second consecutive day
at the University of the Witwatersrand amid national calls by
demonstrators for free higher education. It was reported that
President Jacob Zuma has formed a ministerial team to help bring an
end the weeks of clashes.
2016 Oct 13, South African
President Jacob Zuma (74) moved to block a watchdog's potentially
explosive report into graft allegations against him, in his latest
legal bid to protect his battered reputation.
2016 Oct 16, South African
police raided a university student residence in Johannesburg early
today, arresting Mcebo Dlamini, a leader of sometimes violent
protests for free education who caused an outcry last year when he
declared admiration for Adolf Hitler.
2016 Oct 17, South African
protesters demanding free university education broke windows, forced
open doors and threw human excrement in an effort to disrupt the
resumption of classes.
2016 Oct 21, South Africa
announced that it would withdraw from the International Criminal
Court (ICC), dealing a major blow to a troubled institution set up
to try the world's worst crimes.
2016 Oct 26, South African
police fired stun grenades, water cannon and tear gas to disperse
students protesting outside parliament over the cost of university
tuition fees. Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan said students at
universities and higher education institutions will receive an extra
17 billion rand ($1.2 billion) over the next three years.
2016 Oct 28, South Africa said
it has detected its first outbreak of Tomato Leaf Miner, a pest
originally from South America which can ruin tomato and potato
crops. Tomato Leaf Miner spread from South America to Europe in 2006
and has since moved southward through Africa and Asia. It has been
reported in Kenya and Tanzania and was detected in Zambia in
2016 Oct 31, South African
prosecutors dropped fraud charges against Finance Minister Pravin
Gordhan and two former tax officials, reversing a decision that was
criticized by many South Africans and deepened concern about the
country's struggling economy and alleged government mismanagement.
2016 Nov 2, South Africa's
anti-corruption watchdog released its report into accusations
against President Jacob Zuma and called for prosecutors to
investigate alleged criminal activity. South African police fired
stun grenades and water cannon to disperse protesters who marched
towards President Jacob Zuma's offices in the capital Pretoria
demanding that he quit over what they called poor leadership.
(AFP, 11/2/16)(Reuters, 11/2/16)
2016 Nov 15, South Africa's
main opposition party filed a criminal complaint accusing President
Jacob Zuma of corruption after a report this month by an anti-graft
agency listed allegations of influence-peddling in his government.
2016 Nov 23, South African
police arrested a Hong Kong-bound Chinese man found with 18 rhino
horns hidden in his luggage.
2016 Dec 6, South Africa's
Supreme Court of Appeal overturned a ruling that granted a man the
right to medically-assisted death and could have opened the way to
2016 Dec 19, In South Africa
the last board member at state broadcaster, the SABC, quit after a
parliamentary investigation into the board's failure to look into
allegations of misspending and censorship. Professor Mbulaheni
Maguvhe had been the sole board member following the resignation of
his colleagues this year in the wake of a string of scandals. A
court ruled earlier this month that former SABC chief operating
officer Hlaudi Motsoeneng, who introduced a ban on airing violent
protest footage, should not hold any position at the broadcaster and
barred him from entering the premises.
2016 In South Africa some 1,300
psychiatric patients were moved over several months this year from
specialized private hospitals to care homes run by charities in
Gauteng province. More than 100 of the patients died following the
(Econ, 2/25/17, p.41)
2016 South Africa’s government
put unemployment at 26.7%.
(Econ, 6/18/16, p.16)
2016 In South Africa poaching
killed some 1,054 rhinos this year, up from just 13 in 2007.
(Econ 5/6/17, p.69)
2017 Jan 16, US motor giant
Ford announced the recall of 4,500 1.6-litre Kuga cars in South
Africa after nearly 40 incidents in which vehicles were reported to
have burst into flames.
2017 Jan, In South Africa
poachers cut through fences at an animal park and decapitated and
chopped the paws off three male lions, possibly for use in
traditional healing rituals.
2017 Feb 1, A South African
government investigation revealed that at least 94 mentally ill
patients died after authorities moved them last year from hospital
to unlicensed health facilities that were compared to "concentration
2017 Feb 1, In South Africa
workers and managers in the chicken industry marched to the office
of the EU delegation in Pretoria, alleging their livelihoods are in
jeopardy because of allegedly illegal dumping of EU chicken meat in
the local market.
2017 Feb 3, South Africa's
department of agriculture said that scientific tests have confirmed
the presence of the invasive fall armyworm in the country's maize
2017 Feb 10, South Africa’s
Pres. Zuma said state utility Eskom would sign new renewable energy
contracts, angering coal transport workers who say such contracts
will lead to 30,000 job losses in the coal industry.
2017 Feb 18, South African
President Jacob Zuma (74) said that the state's anti-graft agency,
the Special Investigating Unit (SIU), was owed almost 390 million
rand ($30 million) by government departments and called on them to
repay the debt.
2017 Feb 21, In South Africa
Susan Howarth died, two days after an attack at her farm. Her
British husband, Robert Lynn, survived and has said he was burned
with a blowtorch and slashed with a knife by assailants demanding
money. Three suspects were being held without bail. Their next court
appearance was set for March 10.
2017 Feb 22, A South African
court ruled that the government's decision to withdraw from the
International Criminal Court (ICC) without parliament's approval was
2017 Feb 23, The South African
government called for calm after a wave of xenophobic violence in
which dozens of shops and houses owned by immigrants have been
torched and looted.
2017 Feb 24, South African
police fired stun grenades, rubber bullets and water cannon Friday
as the latest wave of anti-immigrant protests broke out in Pretoria,
while President Jacob Zuma condemned anti-foreigner violence and
appealed for calm. Police said 136 people had been arrested in the
past 24 hours.
2017 Feb 27, South Africa
deported 97 Nigerians for various offences following a series of
raids, amid heightened bilateral tensions over anti-immigrant
violence in South Africa.
2017 Mar 1, In South Africa
thousands of coal truck drivers descended on Pretoria to protest
against the country's renewable energy program, after President
Jacob Zuma expressed support for the sector last month.
2017 Mar 6, Russian and South
African communications officials pledged to work on collaborative
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.53)
2017 Mar 7, The United Nations
said South Africa's withdrawal from the International Criminal Court
has been revoked, stalling what would have been the first-ever
departure from the tribunal that pursues the world's worst
2017 Mar 12, South Africa's
ruling ANC published a policy paper calling for an end to corruption
and division within the party as it battles to reverse declining
2017 Mar 13, South Africa and
Nigeria said they would launch a jointly run "early warning" system
to track and deter xenophobic attacks against Nigerian migrants.
2017 Mar 17, South Africa's
Constitutional Court ordered the government to pay social grants on
April 1 via its current service provider, seeking to end a fiasco
that had threatened the payment of benefits to 17 million people.
2017 Mar 18, In South Africa
burglars targeted Chief Justice Mogoeng Mogoeng's offices early
today, stealing 15 computers containing sensitive information about
250 judges. His court had severely criticized the ANC government.
2017 Mar 28, In South Africa
celebrated anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Kathrada (87), a Robben
Island prisoner and one of Nelson Mandela's closest colleagues in
the struggle against white rule, died in Johannesburg.
2017 Mar 30, South Africa’s
President Jacob Zuma late today fired the Finance Minister Pravin
Gordhan in a Cabinet reshuffle, intensifying a rift in the party
that took power after the 1994 end of white minority rule as well as
concerns about corruption at top levels of government.
2017 Mar 30, Visa requirement
between Russia and South Africa were scrapped allowing up to 90 days
of trouble-free travel.
(Econ, 3/18/17, p.53)
2017 Apr 1, Malusi Gigaba,
South Africa's new finance minister said, he is aware of the
"climate of sharp disagreement and mutual suspicion" as his
predecessor's firing deepens a split in the country's ruling party,
and he promised to "radically transform" the economy to reach out to
people long marginalized.
2017 Apr 1, In South Africa
robbers, travelling in a BMW and a Mercedes-Benz, shot out the tires
of an armored truck as it traveled toward Johannesburg's
international airport shortly before noon. They escaped with an
undisclosed amount of money.
2017 Apr 4, South Africa's
powerful trade union federation Cosatu, a key coalition partner of
the ruling ANC, called for embattled President Jacob Zuma to resign
following a deeply unpopular cabinet reshuffle.
2017 Apr 6, In South Africa
three cabinet ministers removed by President Jacob Zuma in a
reshuffle last week quit as lawmakers of his African National
Congress party ahead of a vote of no-confidence in the president
which the ANC has vowed to defeat.
2017 Apr 7, Tens of thousands
of South Africans demonstrated peacefully in a national outpouring
of anger at scandal-tainted Pres. Jacob Zuma. A second agency
lowered the country's credit rating to junk status a week after the
firing of the respected finance minister.
2017 Apr 12, In South Africa
tens of thousands marked the 75th birthday of President Jacob Zuma
with a protest against him, pushing for his resignation because of
scandals and his dismissal of a widely respected finance minister.
2017 Apr 17, It was reported
that Congolese pastor Joseph Mukungubila Mutombo, wanted in his
homeland for alleged involvement in violence more than three years
ago, has obtained asylum in South Africa.
2017 Apr 20, South African
farmers Pieter Doorewaard and Philip Schutte threw Matlhomola Mosweu
(15) off a truck, after they allegedly caught him taking a plant
from a farm in the area. Mosweu died after breaking his neck. In
2019 Doorewaard (28) and Philip Schutte (35) were sentenced to a
combined 41 years in prison for murder, kidnapping and other
(AFP, 3/6/19)(SFC, 3/7/19, p.A2)
2017 Apr 21, In South Africa a
driver and 19 school children were killed when the minibus they were
travelling in collided with a truck and exploded in a ball of fire
in Mpumalanga province.
2017 Apr 26, South African
Airways cancelled nearly three dozen flights, most of them domestic,
because of a strike by some cabin crew. A labor court ruled that the
strike was not allowed under terms of the crewmembers' contracts.
(AP, 4/26/17)(AP, 4/27/17)
2017 Apr 29, The South African
president’s office said Jacob Zuma has signed the anti-money
laundering bill FICA, which allows increased scrutiny of the bank
accounts of "prominent individuals", including himself, into law.
2017 May 1, South African
President Jacob Zuma was jeered by labor unionists and his speech
was cancelled after scuffles broke out between his supporters and
workers chanting for him to step down at a May Day rally.
2017 May 4, South Africa's High
Court ordered President Jacob Zuma to provide reasons for his
decision last month to fire finance minister Pravin Gordhan in a
cabinet reshuffle that led to sovereign debt downgrades.
2017 May 5, Three former South
African presidents for the first time issued a joint call for action
to end the nation's "worsening" political crisis, the latest
campaign targeting President Jacob Zuma.
2017 May 9, In South Africa
violent protests have erupted in Johannesburg for a second day, with
police firing rubber bullets at demonstrators, who blocked roads and
burned tires, demanded housing and other government services.
2017 May 11, In South Africa
there was a gas explosion at the Eland shaft near the town of
Welkom. 11 miners survived. Police later recovered 25 bodies
believed to be those of illegal miners, from the disused Harmony
Gold mine shaft.
2017 May 13, South Africa said
it plans to sign new, more transparent nuclear power agreements with
five foreign countries after a high court blocked a deal with Russia
due to a lack of oversight.
2017 May 22, In South Africa
Western Cape premier Helen Zille declared the province a disaster
area and urged residents to manage their water supplies more
efficiently as the region tries to cope with what she described as
the "worst drought since 1904".
2017 Jun 1, In South Africa
leaked documents released by the media alleging improper dealings in
government contracts opened President Jacob Zuma up to renewed
scrutiny. Investigative journalists at AmaBhungane, a non-profit
group that has a strong track record of exposing what it says are
government corruption scandals, released some of more than 100,000
leaked emails and documents.
2017 Jun 2, South Africa's
ruling ANC party asked the government to explain leaked emails
detailing alleged bribes and corruption, as President Jacob Zuma
faced a fresh wave of scandal.
2017 Jun 4, South Africa's
Sunday Times newspaper reported that several independent sources had
told it that the Gupta family had bought Pres. Jacob Zuma a
retirement home for 330 million rand ($25 million) in an upmarket
suburb of Dubai.
2017 Jun 6, South Africa's
official statistics agency reported that the economy contracted in
the first quarter of this year, pushing the continent's largest
economy into its first recession since 2009.
2017 Jun 7, In South Africa at
least eight people were killed in a storm that swept into the Cape
Town area, which has been suffering from a severe drought.
2017 Jun 14, South Africa's
anti-corruption watchdog said it has launched an investigation into
several allies of President Jacob Zuma allegedly linked to
corruption at three state-owned companies, based on a trove of
recently leaked emails.
2017 Jun 15, South Africa
adopted a new mining code requiring companies to have majority black
investors to qualify for new prospecting licenses, causing the major
miners' stock to tumble.
2017 Jun 28, South Africa
approved the export of some 800 skeletons of captive-bred lions this
year, meeting demand for the bones in parts of Asia while alarming
critics who believe the policy threatens Africa's wild lions.
2017 Jun 30, South African
President Jacob Zuma admitted the ruling ANC party is beset by
corruption and divisions that could threaten its uninterrupted hold
on power since the end of apartheid.
2017 Jul 5, In South Africa
thieves broke into the headquarters of the elite 'Hawks' police unit
in Pretoria, making off with hard drives and other computer
2017 Jul 5, In South Africa a
fire broke out in a building in downtown Johannesburg in which
squatters were living illegally, killing seven people.
2017 Jul 9, UNESCO added the
Khomani cultural landscape at South Africa's border with Botswana
and Namibia saying it testifies to the way of life of the
once-nomadic San people that influenced the area over thousands of
2017 Jul 10, In South Africa
thieves broke into the state prosecutors' offices early today and
made off with two laptop computers.
2017 Jul 12, South African
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa criticized the corruption that has
damaged the ruling party under President Jacob Zuma, opening a
divide in the African National Congress months ahead of a leadership
2017 Jul 13, In South Africa
gunmen ambushed Sindiso Magaqa, the general secretary of the ANC
Youth League, and two other councillors from the ANC in the southern
hill of KwaZulu-Natal. Magaqa died in hospital on Sept. 4.
2017 Jul 27, In Mali Stephen
McGown (42) of South Africa was freed after being held hostage by
Al-Qaida's North Africa branch for six years.
2017 Aug 2, South African
poultry producer Astral Foods confirmed a second outbreak of highly
pathogenic H5N8 bird flu at one of its farms.
2017 Aug 8, Lawmakers in South
Africa's ruling African National Congress (ANC) pledged to back
President Jacob Zuma in a no-confidence motion in parliament, aiming
to thwart opposition efforts to force him out. Zuma survived the
(Reuters, 8/8/17)(SFC, 8/9/17, p.A2)
2017 Aug 8, In South Africa
thieves broke into the offices of the Competition Commission, making
off with laptop computers. The Competition Commission is responsible
for investigating issues including cartel conduct and mergers and
acquisitions, before bringing them to the Competition Tribunal for
2017 Aug 16, Zimbabwe police
said first lady Grace Mugabe has claimed diplomatic immunity after
being accused of assaulting a 20-year-old model, in an incident that
could test cross-border relations. She is accused of attacking
Gabriella Engels with an electrical extension cord on August 13 at a
Johannesburg hotel where her two sons were staying.
2017 Aug 17, In South Africa
John Hume, the owner of the world's biggest private rhino herd, took
court action to force the government to allow its first online sale
of rhino horn, which he aims to hold next week.
2017 Aug 17, In South Africa
lawyers for the young model who claims Zimbabwe's first lady Grace
Mugabe assaulted her in a Johannesburg hotel said that her family
has been approached with an offer of money to drop the allegation.
Police said a "red alert" had been issued to prevent Grace Mugabe
from leaving the country after Zimbabwe's government requested
2017 Aug 18, A South African
government source said South Africa is planning to grant diplomatic
immunity to Zimbabwe's First Lady Grace Mugabe, allowing her to
return to Harare and avoid prosecution for the alleged assault of a
2017 Aug 18, In South Africa a
man walked into a police station, saying he was tired of eating
human flesh and produced part of a human leg and a hand. Five people
were soon arrested on charges related to cannibalism, including
murder and possession of human body parts in KwaZulu-Natal province.
(AP, 8/23/17)(AFP, 9/28/17)
2017 Aug 18, South Africa moved
to halt an online auction of rhino horn starting next week, as
outraged conservationists said the sale would undermine the global
ban on rhino trade. The Pretoria High Court was expected to make a
decision on Aug 20.
2017 Aug 18, South Africa
grounded an Air Zimbabwe flight at Johannesburg's main international
airport after South African authorities concluded it was not in
compliance with civil aviation rules.
2017 Aug 19, South Africa’s
president's office said a deputy minister, charged with allegedly
assaulting a woman in a nightclub, has resigned. Footage apparently
showing deputy higher education minister Mduduzi Manana assaulting a
woman earlier this month sparked outrage from civil society and
opposition parties and prompted Manana to offer a public apology.
2017 Aug 19, Zimbabwe blocked
flights by South Africa's government-owned airline amid tensions
over allegations that Zimbabwe's first lady assaulted a young model
at a luxury hotel in Johannesburg.
2017 Aug 20, Zimbabwe's first
lady Grace Mugabe returned home from South Africa, pursued by
demands she face prosecution over an alleged assault of a
20-year-old model in an upmarket Johannesburg hotel room. South
Africa's international relations minister said she had been granted
2017 Aug 20, A South African
court ordered the government to allow John Hume, the owner of the
world's biggest private rhino herd, to hold an online sale of rhino
horn, which he aims to hold this week.
2017 Aug 23, South Africa's
first legal auction of rhino horns opened for bids and 264 horns
went on sale after the owner of the world's biggest private rhino
herd won a court case against the government.
2017 Aug 25, Two white South
Africans, who were filmed forcing a wailing black man into a coffin,
were found guilty of kidnap, assault and attempted murder. They had
caught Victor Mlotshwa trespassing on their farm in possession of
stolen copper cables. Theo Jackson and Willem Oosthuizen, were yet
to be sentenced and had the right to appeal.
2017 Aug 25, South Africa's
first online auction of rhino horn concluded amid outrage from
conservationists, but no details of the sale were immediately
2017 Aug 25, In South Africa
two miners at a gold mine owned by Harmony Gold died after they were
trapped underground following an earth tremor. Three miners remained
missing after the incident at the Kusasalethu mine near Cartonville.
On August 31 the bodies of the last two miners unaccounted for at
the Harmony Gold mine were recovered, bringing the death toll to
(Reuters, 8/27/17)(Reuters, 8/31/17)
2017 Aug 27, In South Africa a
gunman opened fire in a packed theater in Johannesburg after his
cellphone went missing in the audience, killing one person and
2017 Aug 30, South Africa’s
Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana said South Africa has detected
24 outbreaks of the H5N8 strain of bird flu since June, including 10
at commercial chicken farms and three at ostrich farms.
2017 Sep 18, South Africa's
opposition Democratic Alliance said it will lay a criminal complaint
against McKinsey for "fraud, racketeering and collusion" over work
the global consultancy did with businessmen friends of President
2017 Sep 21, In South
Africa Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, an ex-wife of President Jacob
Zuma, was re-appointed a lawmaker in parliament, in what is being
seen as her latest step to secure the country's presidency in two
2017 Sep 21, African National
Congress (ANC) MP Makhosi Khoza (47), a strident critic of
scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma, quit South Africa's ruling
party, labeling Nelson Mandela's 105-year-old liberation movement
"alien and corrupt".
2017 Sep 22, In South Africa
the Zeitz Museum of Contemporary Art Africa opened in Cape Town. It
was billed as the world's biggest museum dedicated to contemporary
art from Africa and its diaspora.
2017 Sep 24, In South Africa
thieves in a vehicle with police markings robbed 36 Dutch tourists
who were traveling in a bus after leaving Johannesburg's main
2017 Sep 27, In South Africa
thousands marched in anti-corruption protests, in a rallying cry
against scandal-plagued President Jacob Zuma and his powerful allies
three months before a new ANC leader is chosen.
2017 Sep 30, In South Africa
eleven people were killed in a series of overnight shootings in a
Cape Town township, including four victims shot dead when gunmen
opened fire in a bar. On average there are 51 murders per day in
2017 Oct 9, In South Africa
three vessels were grounded, containers were blown into the bay and
mooring lines were broken in the channel in Port Durban when a
severe storm lashed the coastal region resulting in at least eight
deaths in the province.
2017 Oct 12, South African
police fired rubber bullets and stun grenades to break up crowds
hurling insults at a group of men accused of cannibalism in eastern
Kwa-Zulu Natal province.
2017 Oct 12, A South Africa
court said anti-apartheid activist Ahmed Timol, who died in 1971,
was tortured and killed by South African police, a landmark decision
that raised hopes that dozens of similar cases would be
investigated. Timol was one of 73 political detainees who died in
police custody in South Africa between 1963 and 1990.
2017 Oct 13, South Africa's
Supreme Court of Appeal ruled that President Jacob Zuma can face
prosecution on almost 800 charges of corruption relating to a 1990s
2017 Oct 17, South African
President Jacob Zuma sacked a vocal critic from his cabinet, a move
set to deepen tensions before the ANC chooses a new party leader in
December. Zuma dropped higher education minister Blade Nzimande, a
veteran member of the South African Communist Party, a key political
ally within the ruling ANC alliance.
2017 Oct 20, South Africa's
National Prosecuting Authority (NPA) gave President Jacob Zuma until
Nov. 30 to make submissions before it decides whether to reinstate
783 corruption charges filed against Zuma before he became
2017 Oct 27, In South Africa
two white farmers, who were filmed pushing a wailing black man into
a coffin, were sentenced to jail for attempted murder, assault and
kidnapping. Theo Jackson, sentenced to 14 years, and Willem
Oosthuizen, sentenced to 11 years, had pleaded not guilty. They said
they had caught Mlotshwa trespassing on their farm in possession of
stolen copper cables. The defense then said it would lodge their
appeal directly to the Supreme Court of Appeal, saying that the
sentence was too harsh, since no one had been killed.
2017 Oct 30, In South Africa
thousands of white farmers snarled traffic on some major roads in
what they call the Black Monday protest against the high rate of
murders of farmers.
2017 Nov 2, South Africa's main
opposition party walked out of parliament, saying President Jacob
Zuma was refusing to answer questions on how much the state had
spent on legal fees fighting corruption allegations against him.
2017 Nov 9, A spokesman said
South Africa's State Security Agency (SSA) has made a criminal
complaint against the author of a book critical of President Jacob
Zuma. "The President's Keepers - Those keeping Zuma in power and out
of prison" by journalist Jacques Pauw alleges millions of dollars in
taxpayers' money flowed into the bank accounts of spies and members
of Zuma's government.
2017 Nov 9, South Africa said
it has managed to control an outbreak of fall armyworm pests, which
were first detected in January and mainly threatened maize crops.
2017 Nov 12, South Africa's
main opposition party said it had asked the High Court to force
President Jacob Zuma to disclose how much the state has spent on
legal fees to fight corruption allegations against him.
2017 Nov 24, South Africa's
Supreme Court more than doubled Oscar Pistorius' murder sentence,
accepting prosecutors' argument that the original jail term of six
years for shooting dead his girlfriend Reeva Steenkamp was
"shockingly lenient". A new sentence of 13 years and five months was
2017 Nov 25, Hundreds of white
South African farmers took to the streets of Pretoria, demanding
government action over a wave of murders targeting their communities
in rural areas. At least 72 white farmers have been murdered so far
2017 Nov 27, Johannesburg-based
organization Civicus announced that Egyptian rights campaigner
Khaled el-Balsh has won the Nelson Mandela award for individual
activism for 2017. Civicus, which operates in 145 countries around
the world, began granting the awards named after Nelson Mandela and
his wife Graça Machel in 2005.
2017 Dec 3, South African
President Jacob Zuma said in a newspaper interview published today
that South Africa and Morocco will resume diplomatic ties more than
a decade after Morocco withdrew its ambassador from Pretoria.
Morocco recalled its ambassador from South Africa in 2004 after
former South African president Thabo Mbeki recognized a breakaway
region in the Western Sahara which Morocco claims as part of its
2017 Dec 8, A South African
court overturned President Jacob Zuma's appointment of the head of
public prosecutions, dealing a sharp reprimand to the
scandal-tainted leader. Shaun Abrahams, who was in 2015 named by
Zuma as director of public prosecutions, has often been criticized
for allegedly protecting Zuma and his associates.
2017 Dec 13, South Africa's
High Court ruled that Pres. Jacob Zuma, under fire for alleged
corruption, must set up a judicial inquiry into state
influence-peddling within 30 days.
2017 Dec 16, South African
President Jacob Zuma said allegations of private businesses wielding
undue influence in his government will be investigated by a judicial
commission of inquiry. Zuma also said South Africa will raise
subsidies to universities to 1 percent of gross domestic product
over the next five years from nearly 0.7 percent at present as
recommended by a commission on higher education funding.
2017 Dec 18, South African
deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa was elected to lead the country's
ruling ANC party as it grapples with corruption allegations and
2017 Dec 19, In South Africa
convicted Dutch arms dealer Guus Kouwenhoven (75), who supplied arms
that fuelled Liberia's bloody civil war, was released by a South
African court on bail of $78,000.
2017 Dec 21, South Africa's
Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa wrapped up the party conference
that elected him ANC leader, with a vow to stamp out corruption in
the organization and in government.
2017 Dec 21, South Africa's
ruling ANC decided to downgrade its embassy in Tel Aviv to a liaison
office over a US decision to recognize Jerusalem as Israel's
capital, ahead of a UN vote today on a resolution urging Washington
to drop the move.
2017 Dec 29, South Africa's
Constitutional Court ruled that parliament had failed to hold
President Jacob Zuma to account over a scandal related to
state-funded upgrades to his home, and must launch proceedings that
could remove him from office.
2017 Doctors in South Africa
performed a medical first -- transplanting part of the liver from a
HIV-positive mother to her HIV-negative child. A year later doctors
at the University of Witwatersrand in Johannesburg revealed that the
child may not have caught the virus from her new liver and that the
mother and child have fully recovered.
2018 Jan 1, In South Africa two
climbers were killed while scaling Cape Town's Table Mountain, with
hundreds of tourists stranded on the summit for hours during the
rescue effort. A female Japanese climber injured in the fall was
rescued. Authorities in Hong Kong later said one climber who died
was from the southern Chinese city.
(AFP, 1/2/18)(AP, 1/3/18)
2018 Jan 4, In South Africa
more at least 18 people were killed and hundreds were feared injured
after a train struck a lorry, derailed and burst into flames as it
traveled between Port Elizabeth and Johannesburg.
(Reuters, 1/4/18)(SFC, 1/5/18, p.A2)
2018 Jan 9, It was reported
that a South African tribal leader has agreed to a more transparent
structure for a 175 million rand ($14 million) community trust
funded by Anglo American Platinum (Amplats), a move that aims to
curb unrest around the firm's most profitable mine.
2018 Jan 11, In South Africa
one person was killed and part of the Royal Bafokeng Platinum's
(RBPlat) conveyor belt was burnt during overnight protests at one of
its shafts in the country's North West Province.
2018 Jan 13, South Africa’s
ruling African National Congress (ANC) celebrated its 106th
anniversary and new leader Cyril Ramaphosa vowed to crack down on
the corruption that has weakened the party.
(SSFC, 1/14/18, p.A6)
2018 Jan 13, Members of a South
African opposition party stormed into some H&M stores across the
country to protest a promotional image of a black child wearing a
sweatshirt with the words "Coolest monkey in the jungle." The
Swedish clothing retailer has apologized after an outcry in other
2018 Jan 16, South African
prosecutors said they are seeking $130 million from global
consultancy McKinsey and a local firm linked to a graft scandal that
has engulfed President Jacob Zuma.
2018 Jan 18, The South African
city of Cape Town announced new water restrictions to combat
drought, saying it was looking more likely that it will have to turn
off most taps on "Day Zero," or April 21.
2018 Jan 22, South Africa's
ruling party confirmed that discussions were underway on President
Jacob Zuma's departure from office, possibly signaling the coming
end to his scandal-tainted nine-year reign.
2018 Jan 23, In South Africa
Cape Town residents were warned that they face losing piped water to
their homes on April 12, a whole nine days earlier than predicted,
as it suffered its worst drought in a century.
2018 Jan 23, Legendary South
African jazz musician and anti-apartheid activist Hugh Masekela (78)
died in Johannesburg after a decade-long fight with cancer.
2018 Jan 26, South African
police raided the offices of the provincial government in the Free
State in a case involving a friend of President Jacob Zuma and a top
official in the African National Congress (ANC) considered a Zuma
2018 Jan 31, It was reported
that low dam levels in the emerald-green highlands of Lesotho are
raising alarm bells in South Africa's industrial heartland around
Johannesburg, which has so far avoided the shortages hitting other
2018 Feb 5, In South Africa
Cape Town city officials pushed back "Day Zero" – the day taps could
run dry – by a month to May 11 from April 16, as farmers in the
water intensive agriculture sector cut back consumption amid tight
2018 Feb 7, In South Africa two
workers were killed after a section of Sibanye-Stillwater's Kloof
gold mine collapsed.
2018 Feb 9, In South Africa a
pride of lions killed a suspected poacher at the Umbabat Private
Nature Reserve. Human tracks found nearby suggested the alleged
poacher had companions who escaped.
2018 Feb 9, The UN's World Food
Program (WFP) said poor rains and crop infestations in southern
Africa are threatening deeper hunger across the region, with
millions of people, particularly children, at risk.
2018 Feb 12, In South Africa
two British nationals were kidnapped in Vryheid, eastern
KwaZulu-Natal province, but local police said they had no evidence
militants were behind the incident. Two suspects were later arrested
in connection with the kidnapping.
2018 Feb 13, South Africa’s the
ruling ANC party ordered President Jacob Zuma to step down as head
of state, but set no date for him to do so.
2018 Feb 13, South Africa
declared a "national disaster" over a drought that has ravaged parts
of the country and threatened to leave homes in Cape Town without
2018 Feb 14, South Africa’s
Pres. Jacob Zuma raged against a resignation order from his own
party ahead of a vote in parliament set to throw him out of office.
The ruling African National Congress (ANC) unveiled plans to sack
Zuma via a parliamentary no-confidence vote, hours after armed
police raided the luxury home of his friends, the Gupta brothers, as
part of an anti-corruption investigation.
(AFP, 2/14/18)(Reuters, 2/14/18)
2018 Feb 15, In South Africa
Cyril Ramaphosa (65) was elected president in a parliamentary vote.
He pledged to tackle endemic corruption after scandal-ridden Jacob
Zuma resigned on orders from the ruling African National Congress.
2018 Feb 15, South Africa's
chief prosecutor declared Ajay Gupta, one of the three Gupta
brothers accused of corrupt links to ousted president Jacob Zuma, a
"fugitive from justice" after he failed to hand himself in to
2018 Feb 15, South African
Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu stepped down as an ambassador for
Oxfam, citing disappointment at the British aid agency's embroilment
in a sex scandal involving staff in Haiti after a massive 2010
2018 Feb 27, In South Africa a
lion mauled a young woman (22) to death in the Dinokeng Game
Reserve. The lion was under the care of Kevin Richardson known as
the "lion whisperer" for his close interactions with the predators.
2018 Mar 6, South African
triathlete Mhlengi Gwala suffered severe injuries when attackers cut
his legs with a saw. Gwala, following surgery, said he will focus on
recovery so he can run and cycle again.
2018 Mar 7, South Africa’s city
of Cape Town said that if no rainfall comes then "Day Zero", when
the taps are predicted to run dry, would be pushed back to 27 August
from July 9, and that the bullet could be dodged completely this
2018 Mar 10, Democratic
Republic of Congo opposition groups rallied behind exiled figure
Moise Katumbi at talks in South Africa aimed at forging a united
front to fight elections due by the end of the year.
2018 Mar 11, A South African
official said proceedings have been launched to strip the permanent
residency status of Ajay Gupta, one of the lynchpins of a
controversial Indian business family accused of corruption.
2018 Mar 13, South Africa
declared that the drought afflicting Cape Town and other parts of
the country is a national disaster.
2018 Mar 13, South African
President Cyril Ramaphosa was dealt a political blow, after a
last-minute legal challenge by a group loyal to ousted leader Jacob
Zuma blocked the signing of $4.7 billion in renewable energy deals.
Three solar plants planned by Norway's Scatec Solar were among 27
energy deals blocked by the court.
(Reuters, 3/13/18)(Reuters, 3/15/18)
2018 Mar 14, South Africa's
President Cyril Ramaphosa outlined a plan to parliament to change
the constitution to allow for land expropriation without
compensation to address racial disparities in land ownership that
persist more than two decades after apartheid's demise in 1994.
2018 Mar 15, A South African
court granted bail to six police officers charged with murder and
attempted murder in connection with the 2012 killing of striking
mine workers at Lonmin’s Marikana mine.
2018 Mar 16, The director of
South Africa's National Prosecuting Authority said that former
president Jacob Zuma (75) will be prosecuted on 16 charges of
corruption. Prosecutors said Zuma is to face corruption charges over
a $2.5 billion arms deal.
(AP, 3/16/18)(Reuters, 3/16/18)
2018 Mar 17, South African
supermarket chain Shoprite said it has withdrawn a third brand of
sausages after the world's worst listeria outbreak which has claimed
at least 183 lives since January last year.
2018 Mar 19, In South Africa a
judge ordered the Gauteng provincial government to pay $15 million
in damages to families of at least 144 psychiatric patients who he
said died of negligence after being moved to unregistered facilities
in early 2016.
2018 Apr 2, In South Africa
anti-apartheid activist Winnie Madikizela-Mandela (81), wife to
Nelson Mandela during his decades of imprisonment, died in a
Johannesburg hospital after a long illness.
2018 Apr 2, In South Africa six
miners were burnt to death when the bus taking them to work at the
Modikwa platinum mine was set alight by a petrol bomb thrown by
unknown attackers near the town of Burgersfort in northern Limpopo
2018 Apr 3, South Africa's
drought-stricken Cape Town pushed back its estimate for "Day Zero,"
when taps in the city run dry and people start queuing for water, to
2019 from August of this year, and data show dam levels rising
elsewhere in the country.
2018 Apr 4, South Africa signed
long-delayed renewable energy contracts worth $4.7 billion with
independent power producers, in the first major investment deal
under President Cyril Ramaphosa.
2018 Apr 4, South African
police said that five people had been arrested in connection with a
petrol bomb attack on a bus that killed six workers on their way to
the Modikwa platinum mine earlier this week.
2018 Apr 16, South African
police raided the compound of former president Jacob Zuma's allies
the Guptas, who were accused two years ago in a report by a
corruption watchdog of using their influence to gain control of
state companies and contracts.
2018 Apr 18, The first South
African convicted for racist slurs will serve her full three-year
prison sentence after a court rejected her application to appeal.
Former realtor Vicki Momberg (49) was last month convicted for
repeatedly hurling racist insults including the word "kaffir" at a
black policeman who was trying to assist her following a break-in of
her car in 2016.
2018 Apr 18, In South Africa
crowds took to the streets in and around Mahikeng, the capital of
North West province, calling for the resignation of the territory's
premier Supra Mahumapeloa over allegations of corruption in the
award of state tenders.
2018 Apr 20, South Africa's new
president Cyril Ramaphosa flew into the northern city of Mahikeng to
try and quell an outbreak of violent protests that had forced him to
cut short a visit to a Commonwealth summit.
2018 Apr 23, In South Africa a
police officer shot dead a teenager during anti-corruption protests
in Taung, North West province. The province has been a hotbed of
unrest due to frustration over lack of housing, health services and
jobs. Provincial premier Supra Mahumapelo has been accused of
involvement in graft scandals that have engulfed the ruling African
National Congress party.
2018 Apr 23, The Goldman
Environmental Prize was awarded to seven recipients at the San
Francisco War Memorial Opera House. The honors went to: LeeAnne
Walter for exposing the 2015 water crisis in Flint, Mich.; Manny
Calonzo of the Philippines for helping to persuade the government to
ban lead paint; Makoma Lekalakala and Liz McDaid of South Africa for
exposing a secret government deal with Russia that would have
increased their country's nuclear power production; Francia Marquez
of Colombia whose work helped end water pollution form illegal gold
mining in her hometown; Claire Nouvian of France for her public
awareness campaign against a supermarket chain that relied on
deep-sea bottom trawling for catching fish; and Khanh Nguy Thi of
Vietnam for her work to stop the expansion of coal-fired power
plants and helping her country chart a plan for sustainable energy
(SFC, 4/23/18, p.C3)
2018 Apr 25, In South Africa
several thousand South African union members marched in Johannesburg
to protest a proposed national minimum wage of $1.60 per hour they
called inadequate, accusing the government of being hostile to
(Reuters, 4/25/18)(AP, 4/25/18)
2018 May 2, In South Africa
news media reported that staff member at Marakele Predator Center in
Limpopo province has shot dead the male lion named Shamba after it
mauled Michael Hodge, the proprietor of the facility, a day earlier.
Hodge suffered neck and jaw injuries and was being treated at a
2018 May 3, In South Africa the
Legal Resources Center said lawyers for gold miners who got lung
diseases while working underground over many decades have reached a
compensation agreement in their class action lawsuit against mining
2018 May 3, In South Africa 13
miners were trapped at the mine located in its Driefontein
operations west of Johannesburg after an earthquake caused a
cave-in. Seven miners were killed at Sibanye-Stillwater's Masakhane
mine. Six others were rescued after being trapped underground for
2018 May 3, Six critically
endangered black rhinos were en route from South Africa to Chad in a
pioneering project to re-introduce the animals to a country where
they were wiped out by poaching nearly 50 years ago.
2018 May 7, South African
police clashed with residents in the township of Soweto who staged a
protest after squatters tried to erect shacks in nearby fields.
2018 May 8, In South Africa
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille was ousted by her own party after
her administration came under fire over mismanagement and alleged
corruption. De Lille vowed to legally contest her sacking.
2018 May 8, South African
officials said the worst drought in living memory has hit vineyards
in the Western Cape hard, reducing grape harvests and adding to
pressure on the region's centuries-old wine industry.
2018 May 9, In South Africa
protesters hurled petrol bombs at three Zambian-registered trucks
late today, leaving one of the drivers with life-threatening
injuries, the second attack on foreign vehicles there in two weeks.
2018 May 10, In South Africa
three attackers entered a mosque in Verulam, KwaZulu-Natal province,
after midday prayers, stabbed three people and set the place on fire
before fleeing. The attackers killed one man by slitting his throat
and injured two others.
(AP, 5/10/18)(AFP, 5/11/18)
2018 May 13, South Africa's
National Council of Provinces (NCOP) said the national government is
taking over the running of the troubled North West province.
2018 May 15, A South African
court reinstated Patricia De Lille as mayor of Cape Town after she
was sacked on May 8 by her own party in a bitter dispute shaking the
2018 May 21, In South Africa
Henri van Breda (23) found guilty of murdering three members of his
immediate family. He was also found guilty of obstruction of justice
and attempting to murder his sister on Jan. 27, 2015. His sister
Marli, then 16, suffered severe injuries and is reported to be
unable to remember the incident.
2018 May 23, In South Africa
Supra Mahumapelo, the leader of the North West province, resigned in
the face of pressure from President Cyril Ramaphosa and weeks of
violent protests against his rule over the platinum-rich region.
2018 May 25, South African
President Cyril Ramaphosa authorized an investigation into
allegations of irregularities and unlawful conduct at several
2018 May 31, In South Africa
more than 100 support staff stopped work over the failure of
Johannesburg's Charlotte Maxeke hospital, also known as Joburg
General, to pay performance bonuses and overtime.
2018 Jun 7, In South Africa
Henri Van Breda (23), convicted of slaying his wealthy parents and
brother and maiming his sister in a frenzied axe attack in 2015, was
handed three life sentences.
2018 Jun 8, The United Nations
General Assembly voted to elect Germany, Belgium, South Africa, the
Dominican Republic and Indonesia for a two-year term in the Security
Council starting on Jan. 1, 2019.
2018 Jun 14, In South Africa
about 1,000 union members picketed Eskom's headquarters in
Johannesburg in a wage dispute that threatens the cash-strapped
utility's ability to deliver power.
2018 Jun 14, In South Africa a
Somali man stabbed two worshippers to death and wounded two others
in a rampage at a mosque in in Malmesbury near Cape Town before
being shot dead by police.
2018 Jun 21, South Africa
unveiled details of a new universal health insurance plan aimed at
improving healthcare for the poor in one of the world's most unequal
2018 Jun 25, In South Africa
renowned photojournalist David Goldblatt (87) died from cancer. He
had documented the impact of apartheid on the lives ordinary people.
2018 Jul 9, In South Africa
Duduzane Zuma (34), the son of scandal-hit former South African
president Jacob Zuma, appeared in ankle shackles in a Johannesburg
court on corruption charges before being released on bail.
2018 Jul 13, South Africa
launched a set of limited edition bank notes and gold coins to mark
the 100th anniversary on July 18 of the birth of Nelson Mandela.
2018 Jul 17, In South Africa
former US Pres. Barack Obama gave a speech to mark the 100th
anniversary of Nelson Mandela's birth and made clear the world is at
a crossroads between Mandela's vision of tolerance and current
2018 Jul 18, In South Africa
former US president Barack Obama advised talented young Africans to
drive change at home rather than emigrating, and urged their
governments to do more to curb a brain drain.
2018 Jul 21, In South Africa
gunmen opened fire late today on a minibus carrying members of a
taxi drivers' association, killing 11 people and critically wounding
four others in KwaZulu-Natal province.
2018 Jul 23, Diamond producer
De Beers said it was relocating 200 elephants from its private
reserve in South Africa to neighboring Mozambique, part of wider
efforts to restore wildlife populations ravaged by conflict there.
2018 Jul 25, In South Africa
leaders of the BRICS emerging economies (Brazil, Russia, India,
China and South Africa) began an annual three-day summit, with
attention focused on the threat of a US-led global trade war. The
meeting opened with a business forum.
2018 Jul 26, In South Africa
the leaders of the BRICS bloc of emerging economies, meeting in the
wake of tariff threats by US President Donald Trump, signed a
declaration supporting an open and inclusive multilateral trading
system under World Trade Organization rules at their summit. Brazil,
Russia, India, China and South Africa agreed at the three-day
meeting to fight unilateralism and protectionism.
2018 Jul 30, A South African
court ruled that former Zimbabwean first lady Grace Mugabe did not
have diplomatic immunity when she allegedly beat a young woman with
an electrical cord.
2018 Jul 30, Workers at South
Africa's high-speed Gautrain went on strike over pay affecting
services to the country's main airport, the capital Pretoria and
commercial hub Johannesburg that caters for business commuters.
2018 Jul 31, In South Africa
fifteen units were down at nine power stations, taking over 6,000
megawatts or 13 percent of Eskom's output off the national grid. The
state-owned utility has been hit by labor unrest over wage talks as
it tries to reverse a decade of financial decline by cutting costs.
2018 Aug 5, In South Africa
Cape Town Mayor Patricia de Lille said she has quit, ending a bitter
dispute within South Africa's main opposition party that has tainted
its image ahead of elections next year. She has been a mayor of Cape
Town since 2011. Her resignation is effective as of October 31.
2018 Aug 13, Workers at South
Africa's high-speed train service that mainly caters for business
commuters ended a two-week strike over pay after reaching a 12-month
agreement with their employer.
2018 Aug 25, In South Africa
two lion cubs, a male and female, were born by means of artificial
insemination -- the first such pair anywhere in the world.
2018 Aug 28, South Africa's
ruling African National Congress (ANC) said an expropriation bill
passed by parliament in 2016 enabling the state to make compulsory
purchases of land to redress racial disparities in land ownership
has been withdrawn.
2018 Aug 28, In South Africa
British PM Theresa May launched her three-nation African tour by
pledging to make Britain the biggest investor in Africa from the
developed world. May confirmed that Britain intends to carry over
the EU's current partnership with six southern African countries:
Botswana, Lesotho, Namibia, South Africa, Swaziland and Mozambique.
2018 Aug 29, In South Africa
one person was shot dead and foreign-owned shops were looted as
violence erupted in the township of Soweto.
2018 Aug 29, Nigeria's central
bank ordered South African telecoms giant MTN to refund $8.13
billion (6.96 billion euros) that it allegedly illegally repatriated
and fined four banks involved in the transfer.
2018 Sep 3, In South Africa
workers from the mainly-white Solidarity union staged a go-slow
protest at the petrochemicals firm Sasol over a share scheme offered
exclusively to black staff, and said they would begin a full strike
on September 6.
2018 Sep 3, In South Africa at
least eight people were killed in an explosion at the Rheinmetall
Denel Munition plant near Cape Town.
(SFC, 9/4/18, p.A2)
2018 Sep 6, South African
President Cyril Ramaphosa ramped up an anti-corruption drive,
authorizing an investigation of alleged wrongdoing in the national
water department's dealings with German software firm SAP.
2018 Sep 10, South Africa's
Cape Town, battling its worst drought in 100 years, announced that
it would ease severe water rationing after significant rains in the
2018 Sep 11, South Africa's
President Cyril Ramaphosa said there was no reason to believe that
any country would impose sanctions on South Africa over the
government's plans to redistribute land to address racial
disparities in ownership.
2018 Sep 11, South African
official statistics showed that the murder rate rose again last
year, with over 20,000 killed across the country -- about 57 a day
-- as police admitted they were struggling to keep control.
2018 Sep 18, South Africa's
largest trade union federation elected a woman president, a first
for the 33-year-old labor movement that helped lead the fight
against apartheid. Zingiswa Losi (42) was nominated unopposed at an
annual meeting of the Congress of South African Trade Unions
2018 Sep 22, South Africa's
largest opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA) launched its
campaign ahead of highly contested elections due next year.
2018 Oct 3, South Africa's
Finance Minister Nhlanhla Nene told a judicial corruption inquiry
that he was fired by former president Jacob Zuma for refusing to
approve a $100 billion nuclear power deal with Russia in 2015. Nene
also said his decision to reject a new route for the state airline
to Sudan contributed to his sacking in 2015.
2018 Oct 4, A spokeswoman for
ActionAid said Pakistan has ordered 18 international aid groups to
shut down operations and leave the country. ActionAid focuses on
education, poverty alleviation and human rights and is headquartered
2018 Oct 9, South African
President Cyril Ramaphosa announced the departure of Finance
Minister Nhlanhla Nene at a news conference. Nene faced calls to
resign after he admitted to visiting the Gupta brothers, friends of
scandal-plagued former president Jacob Zuma who have been accused of
high-level influence-peddling, and failing to disclose the meetings
2018 Oct 9, AfriForum's CEO
said South Africa's Zulu king and Afrikaans nationalist group
AfriForum are forming a partnership to develop the agriculture on
vast swathes of land the monarch controls through a trust. King
Goodwill Zwelithini controls 2.8 million hectares, a fragmented
sub-tropical area the size of Belgium, under an entity called the
2018 Oct 10, A report
commissioned by South Africa's central bank was published. It found
at least 1.9 billion rand ($130 million) had been siphoned illegally
from VBS, a failed local bank that bailed out former president Jacob
Zuma after a corruption scandal. The report said one of the
beneficiaries was Brian Shivambu, who received 16 million rand of
"looted" funds from VBS. Brian Shivambu is the younger brother of
Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) Deputy President Floyd Shivambu.
2018 Oct 15, South Africa's
President Cyril Ramaphosa denied accusations that he ignored
widespread looting and financial misconduct at a major retail bank
that collapsed weeks after he came into office.
2018 Oct 19, In South Africa at
least 27 people, including small children, were killed in a
multi-vehicle accident in Limpopo province.
2018 Oct 21, Officials from
Chad and South Africa said two of six critically endangered black
rhinos have died of unknown causes five months after being flown
from South Africa to Chad in a pioneering project to re-introduce
the animals. The carcasses of the cow and bull were discovered on
2018 Oct 25, South Africa's top
court ruled that a platinum miner that has a deal with a tribal
chief could not evict a group of black farmers, in a decision that
could curtail the power of traditional leaders whose deals often
disadvantage poor blacks.
2018 Oct 29, A report by
environmental campaign group Greenpeace said South Africa's eastern
Mpumalanga province has the most polluting cluster of coal-fired
power stations in the world producing record levels of nitrogen
2018 Oct 30, A Danish man was
arrested in South Africa on suspicion of having played a key role in
a fraud case that caused a Danish government welfare agency to lose
at least 111 million-kroner ($17 million). Britta Nielsen (64)
remained the main suspect. She has vanished from Denmark and her
whereabouts were unknown.
2018 Oct 31, In South Africa
Patricia De Lille (67), the mayor of Cape Town, resigned amid a
bitter dispute roiling the country's main opposition in the runup to
2019 elections. Her seven-year tenure has been marred by allegations
of corruption and financial mismanagement that have threatened to
tarnish Cape Town's reputation.
2018 Nov 5, South African
police officers arrested Danish woman Britta Nielsen (64) suspected
of a huge fraud at home. She had 648,700 rand in cash ($46,000) in
her possession which was confiscated. Her son, Jimmy Hayat, was
arrested Oct. 30 at Johannesburg's international airport as he was
about to leave the country with two diamonds in his luggage.
2018 Nov 19, Pravin Gordhan,
the South African minister of state-owned companies and anti-graft
campaigner, warned an official probe into widespread state
corruption risks being subverted by those who illicitly enriched
2018 Nov 26, South Africa's
President Cyril Ramaphosa signed into law the national minimum wage
bill, part of efforts by the government to tackle wage inequality in
Africa's most industrialized economy. The National Minimum Wage Act
sets South Africa's minimum wage at 20 rand ($1.45) an hour, equal
to 3,500 rand per month.
2018 Nov 30, South Africa's
High Court rejected a legal challenge brought by a group
representing white farmers against President Cyril Ramaphosa's plans
for land expropriation without compensation.
2018 Nov, In South Africa VBS,
a regional bank that catered to poorer customers, collapsed. The
bank was left in ruins after 53 people stole $130 million deposited
by individuals. South Africa's central bank was forced to step in
and guaranteed $7,300 per retail depositor through a competing bank.
2018 Dec 13, A South African
court ruled that former president Jacob Zuma must pay back state
funds and cover his own costs, leaving him facing massive legal
bills as he fights graft charges.
2018 Dec 13, South Africa
issued an arrest warrant for Zimbabwe's former first lady Grace
Mugabe over the alleged assault of a model in a luxury Johannesburg
hotel in 2017. Police sought Interpol's help to enforce the warrant.
2018 Dec 29 South Africa
arrested Manuel Chang, the former Mozambican finance minister, at
the Johannesburg airport. A US indictment alleged that Chang and
others violated US anti-corruption laws in a $2 billion loan scandal
that plunged Mozambique into financial crisis.
2019 Jan 8, In South Africa a
train collision in Pretoria killed three people and injured more
2019 Jan 16, South Africa's
transport minister pledged to toughen penalties for reckless road
users after more than 1,600 people were killed in traffic accidents
over the six-week festive season. 17 traffic officers were arrested
for corruption over the holidays.
2019 Jan 21, South African
former executive Angelo Agrizzi told a corruption probe that his old
company had paid monthly bribes for 14 years to Nomvula Mokonyane, a
minister who served scandal-tainted ex-president Jacob Zuma.
Mokonyane, who is currently environmental affairs minister, served
as Zuma's minister of water and sanitation between 2014 and 2018,
and was earlier a provincial minister.
2019 Jan 22, In Mozambique
South African businessman Andre Mayer Hanekom (61), held on
suspicion of being a jihadist leader, died in hospital under
mysterious circumstances. Hanekom, who ran a maritime business in
Palma, was arrested in August alongside two locals and two
Tanzanians, with prosecutors accusing them of being part of a
2019 Jan 25, Indian PM Narendra
Modi and visiting South African Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa announced they
will boost ties in key areas such as defense, maritime security,
information technology and trade under a 3-year strategic exchange
2019 Jan 31, South Africa's
cash-strapped public broadcaster (SABC) announced it would drop
plans to lay off a third of its full-time employees as it looks for
other savings to cut mounting debts.
2019 Feb 1, In South Africa at
least three students were killed and 23 injured after a walkway
collapsed at a school outside Johannesburg.
2019 Feb 1, It was reported
that a special airlift for thousands of baby flamingos is under way
in South Africa as drought has put their breeding ground in peril.
2019 Feb 3, South Africa
expressed disappointment after the United States and other Western
powers wrote to President Cyril Ramaphosa urging him to tackle
corruption, and said those countries had breached diplomatic
2019 Feb 6, In South Africa a
gas explosion in an unused coal mine in the eastern province of
Mpumalanga killed at least six people. Several people had entered
the mine to steal copper wires that supply electricity for lighting
and ventilation when a gas pipe exploded. More than 20 people were
still stuck underground at the mine in Middelburg and were presumed
dead. Rescuers later retrieved another 13 bodies from the disused
coal mine, raising the confirmed death toll to 18.
(Reuters, 2/7/19)(Reuters, 2/22/19)
2019 Feb 11, South Africa
introduced its most severe electricity rationing in nearly five
years, presenting President Cyril Ramaphosa with a major political
challenge just months ahead of the May general election.
2019 Feb 13, In South Africa
thousands of workers staged nationwide demonstrations to protest
against high unemployment and government policies they say have
failed to create jobs and are deepening poverty.
2019 Feb 14, South African gold
mining giant Sibanye-Stillwater announced plans to shed more than
6,000 jobs, or 10 percent of its workforce, from underperforming
2019 Feb 14, Yusuf Saloojee,
South Africa's former ambassador to Iran, was arrested Johannesburg
on charges he took a bribe to help telecoms company MTN win a $31.6
billion license to operate in Iran.
2019 Feb 15, South African
police said an arrest warrant for Ajay Gupta, a businessman and
friend of former president Jacob Zuma, has been provisionally
withdrawn, in a setback for the government's promised fight against
2019 Feb 20, South Africa's
Finance Minister Tito Mboweni announced a $1.6 billion-a-year
bailout for the country's electricity utility in a bid to stave off
further downgrades to Pretoria's credit rating as he unveiled a new
2019 Mar 5, In South Africa
growing unrest at Sibanye-Stillwater's gold operations has left nine
people dead since workers downed tools in November, prompting the
country's mines minister to call on the police to step in and
protect the local community.
2019 Mar 6, A South African
court handed jail terms of 23 and 18 years to two white farmers who
murdered a black teenager suspected of stealing sunflowers in a
remote farming community. Pieter Doorewaard (28) and Philip Schutte
(35) were found to have killed 15-year-old Matlhomola Mosweu, also
spelt Moshoeu, on April 20, 2017, after claiming they caught him
taking a plant from a farm in the area.
2019 Mar 25, In South Africa
the 16-nation Southern Africa Development Community (SADC) began
2-day talks pushing for a referendum on the status of Western
2019 Mar 25, In South Africa
mobs armed with metal rods and machetes began breaking into the
homes of foreigners in Durban, chasing them out and looting their
belongings. Three days of attacks displaced some 300 Malawi
migrants, but no arrests resulted.
2019 Mar 26, In South Africa
several southern African leaders threw their support behind Western
Sahara, with one calling the disputed territory the "last colony" on
the African continent.
2019 Apr 8, A South African
court ruled that Michael Chang (63), a Mozambican ex-finance
minister held since December on a US arrest warrant, can be
extradited to either the United States or his home country.
Ultimately the South African government is likely to decide where he
2019 Apr 13, South African
police intercepted 167 rhino horns believed to be destined for
Southeast Asia, in one of the biggest such hauls ever in the
country. Two suspects, aged 57 and 61, were arrested.
2019 Apr 18, In South Africa 13
people were killed in the south-eastern province of KwaZulu-Natal
during an Easter service after a church wall collapsed on them late
today following days of heavy rains and strong winds.
2019 Apr 24, Devastating floods
in South Africa have left 51 dead and forced more than a thousand
people from their homes, according to an updated toll as President
Cyril Ramaphosa flew to the deluged region.
2019 Apr 25, A South African
official said almost 70 people have been killed in South Africa
after torrential rains along the eastern coast.
2019 May 1, The Swiss-based
IAAF, the sports world's highest court, ruled that Olympic champion
Caster Semenya and other female runners like her with unusually high
testosterone must take medication to reduce their levels of the male
sex hormone if they want to compete in certain events. South
Africa's Olympic athlete Caster Semenya said the decision will not
hold her back.
2019 May 8, South Africa held
parliamentary and provincial elections amid frustration with a lack
of progress 25 years after Nelson Mandela’s ANC swept to power at
the end of white minority rule in 1994.
2019 May 10, South Africa’s ANC
led the parliamentary race with 57% of the vote. The main opposition
Democratic Alliance (DA) was at 21% and the leftist Economic Freedom
Fighters (EFF) had garnered 10%.
2019 May 11, The African
National Congress retained control of South Africa's parliament but
its share of the vote fell, a rebuke from voters fed up with
corruption scandals and racial inequalities that remain entrenched a
generation after the party took power. With all votes counted the
ruling party secured 57.51% of the votes in the May 1 general
(Reuters, 5/11/19)(SFC, 5/12/19, p.A4)
2019 May 14, Officials data
showed that South Africa's unemployment rate has risen by half a
percentage point to 27.6 percent.
2019 May 25, Trade
unionist-turned-businessman Cyril Ramaphosa was sworn in as South
Africa's president, vowing to create jobs and tackle deep-rooted
corruption that has strangled economic growth.
2019 Jun 4, South Africa's
government announced that the economy dropped by the most in a
decade in the first quarter of this year, hurting newly elected
President Cyril Ramaphosa's efforts at growth and reforms.
2019 Jun 12, It was reported
that South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is under investigation
by the country's anti-corruption watchdog over a 500,000 rand
($35,000) donation to his campaign fund from a company facing
extensive graft allegations.
2019 Jun 20, South African
President Cyril Ramaphosa delivered his first state-of-the-nation
address since the ruling ANC party won elections in May.
2019 Jun 21, In South Africa
cleaners found an abandoned fetus blocking the toilet of a domestic
FlySafair plane, prompting the offloading of passengers and a police
2019 Jul 2, South Africa's
ruling African National Congress used its majority to elect new
committee heads, including lawmaker Bongani Bongo, accused of
bribery, despite opposition from rival parties concerned over the
caliber of nominees.
2019 Jul 19, Former South
African president Jacob Zuma abandoned his testimony to a state
commission probing corruption allegations against him, asserting
that he was being treated unfairly. But a deal was quickly reached
for him to return at some point in the future.
2019 Jul 19, A South African
corruption watchdog said Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa deliberately misled
Parliament about a campaign contribution last year from Africa
(SSFC, 7/21/19, p.A4)
2019 Jul 28, An advisory report
on land reform in South Africa recommended changing the constitution
to allow the government to seize land without compensation but only
in certain circumstances.
2019 Jul, South African troops
were sent to Mitchells Plain, an impoverished suburb outside Cape
Town, to quell a bloody spate of gang violence.
(SFC, 8/14/19, p.A4)
2019 Aug 8, South African
President Cyril Ramaphosa won a court case against the
anti-corruption watchdog over a matter concerning ally Pravin
Gordhan, ahead of a fresh battle over findings against the president
2019 Aug 21, South Africa's
Equality Court restricted the display of the country's old
apartheid-era flag, ruling that its gratuitous use amounts to hate
speech and racial discrimination.
2019 Aug 23, South African
authorities impounded an Airbus 220-300 aircraft leased by
Tanzania's national flag carrier.
2019 Aug 28, In South Africa
police fired rubber bullets as protests erupted in the central
business district of Pretoria with rioters setting several small
businesses in the area alight. The chaos broke out after local taxi
drivers clashed with drug dealers operating in the area.
2019 Sep 2, In South Africa
looting and violence spread across several neighborhoods in the
major cities of Pretoria and Johannesburg, after a spate of
overnight attacks that appeared to target foreign-owned shops. A
pamphlet circulating on social media, attributed to a group called
the Sisonke Peoples Forum, encouraged South Africans to chase
foreigners out of their communities.
2019 Sep 3, South Africa's
President Cyril Ramaphosa condemned days of widespread looting and
arson attacks on foreign-owned businesses across Johannesburg and
the capital Pretoria, calling the violence "totally unacceptable."
Police have arrested more than 90 people in five areas impacted by
2019 Sep 3, Nigerian youths
took to the streets this evening in some Nigerian cities to attack
South African owned businesses, amid a growing outcry about the
attacks on many Nigerians living in South Africa.
2019 Sep 5, Tanzania's national
carrier suspended its flights from the commercial capital Dar es
Salaam to Johannesburg, citing ongoing violence that was a risk to
2019 Sep 8, In South Africa two
more people were killed in Johannesburg, bringing to 12 the number
of deaths since violence against foreign-owned shops erupted last
month. At least 640 people have been arrested since the violence
erupted last week.
2019 Sep 13, In South Africa
Bavelile Hlongwa (38), the Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and
Energy, died in a car accident. South Africa's mining industry
directly contributes more than 7% to the economy which has been
struggling with anemic growth over the last decade.
2019 Oct 10, The US Treasury
sanctioned three members of the Gupta family, friends of former
South African President Jacob Zuma who are accused of
influence-peddling, and their business associate for their
involvement in alleged corruption.
2019 Oct 23, South African
Airways (SAA) and Comair began returning grounded planes to service
a day after South Africa's air safety regulator flagged maintenance
2019 Oct 23, Russia landed the
world’s biggest military aircraft in South Africa, the Tupolev
Tu-160 ‘Blackjack’ bomber, in a rare display of cooperation between
the defense forces of the two countries. The two bombers, which are
capable of launching nuclear missiles, are the first to ever land in
Africa and were escorted by fighter jets from the South African Air
Force as they arrived at the Waterkloof air base in Tshwane.
2019 Oct 24, In South Africa
hackers shut down the cyber network of Johannesburg City Council,
targeting computers of local government employees in the economic
hub. The attack via employee computers affected its call centers,
website and online electronic platforms. The hackers allegedly
demanded ransom in the form of bitcoins in exchange for reactivating
internet and email links to the city's billing systems.
2019 Oct 28, It was reported
that South Africa has imposed emergency measures, including
rationing, to save dwindling water supplies after an abnormally hot,
dry summer coupled with below average rainfall and a spike in usage
pushes the country towards a crippling shortage.
2019 Oct 28, Zimbabwe's
national airline resumed flights to South Africa, after a halt last
week when South Africa's state-run airports management firm barred
the airline from using the country's airports over unpaid fees.
2019 Oct 30, Police in the
South African city of Cape Town used water cannons while dispersing
and arresting hundreds of foreigners, including children, who have
camped for weeks outside the UN refugee agency's office.
2019 Nov 6, South African
President Cyril Ramaphosa secured about 200 billion rand ($13.5
billion) of new investment pledges, saying these would spur economic
growth and reduce unemployment, but foreign firms made few
2019 Nov 11, It was reported
that South African researchers and city officials are racing to
understand the extent of a beetle infestation damaging trees across
the country that, if left unaddressed, could have a ripple effect on
the climate, air quality and ecosystems. The Polyphagous Shot Hole
Borer (PSHB), indigenous to Southeast Asia, is a tiny beetle that
drills holes into trees, depositing a fungus that can eventually
kill its hosts.
2019 Nov 12, South Africa's
struggling state-owned airline South African Airways (SAA) said it
could cut more than 900 jobs as it restructures to stem severe
2019 Nov 13, South African
Airways (SAA) said it might never recover if a strike by labor
unions goes ahead this week, underscoring how close the state-owned
company is to collapse. Unions representing around 3,000 of SAA's
5,000-strong workforce said that cabin crew and other workers at SAA
would go on strike on Nov. 15 over the airline's refusal to give in
to salary hikes and its plan to cut more than 900 jobs.
2019 Nov 14, In South Africa
hundreds of asylum-seekers who have staged a sit-in protest outside
the UN refugee agency in Pretoria for five weeks barged into the
premises. The protesters said they are seeking protection and want
UNHCR to relocate them to a safer country.
2019 Nov 15, South African
police removed about 150 refugees who the United Nations refugee
agency said forced their way into its compound in Pretoria while
protesting recent anti-immigrant attacks.
2019 Nov 15, South African
Airways (SAA) said its future is hanging in the balance after its
workers went on strike to demand higher wages and protest planned
job cuts, forcing the struggling state-owned carrier to cancel all
2019 Nov 22, South African
Airways (SAA) signed a wage deal with trade unions to end an
eight-day strike that brought the cash-strapped state airline to the
brink of collapse.
2019 Nov 22, It was reported
that a month's long drought is affecting most of southern Africa.
The area has received just one normal rainfall in the last five
growing seasons. More than 11 million people faced food insecurity
in Mozambique, Zimbabwe, and South Africa.
(SFC, 11/22/19, p.A6)
2019 Dec 5, South Africa was
hit by power cuts after a number of generating units broke down,
forcing the struggling state power utility Eskom to cut up to 2,000
megawatts (MW) of power from the national grid on a rotational
2019 Dec 6, In South Africa
four mineworkers were killed and one was seriously injured after a
rock fall at a gold mine trapped five workers underground. The
collapse at the Village Main Reef's Tau Lekoa gold mine in North
West province followed at least one earth tremor.
2019 Dec 8, In Atlanta,
Georgia, Zozibini Tunzi (b.1993), South African model, was crowned
Miss Universe 2019. Tunzi had previously been crowned Miss South
Africa 2019. She is the third woman from South Africa to win the
title, and the first black woman since Leila Lopes was crowned Miss
2019 Dec 10, Mines across South
Africa shut down after flash flooding triggered the most severe
power blackouts in more than a decade, threatening a key export
sector in a further blow to the country's already slowing economy.
2019 Dec 30, South African
telecoms firm MTN said it was reviewing allegations raised in a US
complaint which accuses several firms of paying protection money to
militant Islamist groups in Afghanistan.
2020 Jan 12, Ethiopia's PM Abiy
Ahmed asked South Africa's president to intervene in his country's
dispute with Egypt over a massive dam project on the Nile River, set
to be Africa’s largest hydraulic dam.
2020 Jan 19, South Africa's
Communication Workers Union (CWU) said it is angered by Telkom's
plan to cut up to 3,000 workers and called for an urgent meeting
with the ruling party and the minister of communication.
2020 Jan 28, A team overseeing
SAA's bankruptcy protected restructuring said that cash-strapped
state carrier South African Airways (SAA) will receive 3.5 billion
rand ($244 million) of emergency funding from the Development Bank
of Southern Africa.
2020 Jan 30, Cash-strapped
state carrier South African Airways (SAA) said it would "cancel and
consolidate selected flights" to lower costs, days after it received
a 3.5 billion rand ($244 million) government bailout to ease a
mounting cash-flow crunch.
2020 Feb 4, A judge in South
Africa issued an arrest warrant for former president Jacob Zuma for
failing to appear in court on a corruption case.
(SFC, 2/5/20, p.A2)
2020 Feb 5, German Chancellor
Angela Merkel arrived in South Africa to discuss trade, investment
and energy issues with Berlin's largest trading partner in Africa.
2020 Feb 7, In South Africa
Tazne van Wyk (7) went missing. Her body was found two weeks later
after her suspected murderer led police to the storm drain where he
said he had disposed of it. The suspect, a violent multiple offender
had been released on parole. He was in prison for the kidnapping and
murder of another child.
2020 Feb 11, In South Africa
Joseph Shabalala (78), the founder of the South African
multi-Grammy-Award-winning music group Ladysmith Black Mambazo, died
in Pretoria. the choral group, founded in 1964, shot to world
acclaim collaborating with Paul Simon on the “Graceland" album and
many other artists.
2020 Feb 24, In South Africa
the Commission for Gender Equality (CGE) reported that dozens of
HIV-positive South African women have been sterilized without
consent or after being pressured to agree just before giving birth,
sometimes being told while in pain on their way to the operating
2020 Mar 1, In South Africa
hundreds of foreign migrants were removed from central Cape Town by
authorities following a months-long stand-off. The group had lost
their court bid to compel the government to fly them to what they
said would be safer countries.
2020 Mar 5, South Africa
confirmed its first case of coronavirus.
2020 Mar 10, A South African
court cleared Pres. Cyril Ramaphosa of allegations that he misled
parliament about the funding of his campaign to become leader of the
ruling ANC party.
(SFC, 3/11/20, p.A2)
2020 Mar 12, South Africa
reported 17 confirmed coronavirus infections, including its first
transmitted locally. Across Africa, 12 of the continent's 54
countries have registered COVID-19 cases, the most recent being
Ivory Coast announcing one case.
2020 Mar 15, South Africa
reported its first local transmission of coronavirus, increasing the
number of cases to 62. President Cyril Ramaphosa declared a national
state of disaster to combat the spread of the coronavirus as his
counterparts in sub-Saharan Africa took similar steps to curb the
threat in a region that accounts for only 1% of global health-care
(BBC, 3/16/20)(AP, 3/16/20)
2020 Mar 17, In South Africa Lt
Col Leroy Brewer, a top rhino poaching investigator, was driving to
work when he was shot dead by gunmen with high-caliber weapons. He
died on the spot.
2020 Mar 17, South Africa's
national ports operator Transnet said it is holding the cruise
liner, MV AidAmira, and a cargo vessel off Cape Town's port limits
after a crew member onboard one of the vessels showed signs of
coronavirus. The MV Aidamira, with 1,240 passengers and 486 crew on
board, had returned to Cape Town from Namibia’s Walvis Bay.
(Reuters, 3/17/20)(BBC, 3/18/20)
2020 Mar 18, In South Africa
the number of people that tested positive for coronavirus rose to
116 from 85 the day before. 14 of those hadn’t traveled outside the
country. South Africa stepped up travel bans as the virus continued
to spread at a rapid pace.
2020 Mar 19, South African
authorities announced they would erect a fence along its border with
Zimbabwe to prevent illegal immigrants from entering and spreading
2020 Mar 20, South Africa said
coronavirus cases have jumped to 202, the most in the sub-Saharan
region, while the continent's busiest airport said foreigners cannot
disembark. State-owned South African Airways suspended all
international flights until June.
2020 Mar 21, South Africa,
which has the most cases in sub-Saharan Africa, confirmed 38 new
coronavirus cases, taking its total to 240.
2020 Mar 22, South Africa-based
Standard Bank said it will give a payment holiday to small
businesses and full-time students in a bid to ease financial
pressures on its customers as COVID-19 spread across the country.
South Africa has confirmed 240 cases of the virus so far.
2020 Mar 22, The South African
Maritime Safety Authority (SAMSA) said around 1,240 German
passengers stranded in Cape Town after their MV AidAmira cruise ship
was quarantined for almost a week due to a coronavirus scare had
either begun their journey home or would do so in the next day.
2020 Mar 23, South Africa's
coronavirus cases jumped to 402, up 128 from the day before. South
Africa has not registered a death from the disease.
2020 Mar 23, Ford Motor Co it
has decided to temporarily halt vehicle and engine production at its
factories in India, South Africa, Thailand and Vietnam in response
to the growing impact of the coronavirus.
2020 Mar 24, In South Africa
coronavirus cases leapt to 554, the most of any country in Africa.
43 of Africa's 54 countries now have cases, with the total at 1,788.
Thirteen countries have reported 58 deaths.
2020 Mar 25, In South Africa
the coronavirus caseload rose past 700 as the country got ready to
go on lockdown on March 27.
2020 Mar 26, South African
President Ramaphosa called on richer countries to support the
continent's economies via stimulus packages to mitigate the
devastation caused by the coronavirus, as his own country registered
a jump to more than 900 cases.
2020 Mar 27, South Africa began
a three-week lockdown aimed at curbing the spread of the coronavirus
as the disease claimed its first two victims in the country and the
number of infections passed 1,000.
2020 Mar 28, South African
billionaire businessman Patrice Motsepe said his group of companies
would donate 1 billion rand ($57 million) to help fight the
coronavirus outbreak that has forced the country into total lockdown
as infections climbed.
2020 Mar 29, South African
police and security guard shot a man dead during the coronavirus
lockdown in Vosloorus township, just south of Johannesburg. The two
suspects in the killing have been arrested.
2020 Mar 31, South African
scientist Gita Ramjee died from Covid-19-related complications.
2020 Apr 2, South African
police wearing riot gear forced their way into a church in central
Cape Town to remove hundreds of foreign migrants who had been
sheltering there for months. South Africa is in the midst of a
21-day lockdown because of the coronavirus pandemic.
2020 Apr 3, South Africa has
reported only five confirmed deaths from the coronavirus. About
1,400 people have tested positive for Covid-19 as South Africans
mark their first week under one of the strictest lockdowns
introduced anywhere in the world.
2020 Apr 5, In South Africa all
50 wedding guests, the pastor who conducted the ceremony, and the
newlyweds themselves were promptly arrested and taken to a police
station outside Richards Bay due to a country-wide ban on all public
gatherings because of coronavirus.
2020 Apr 7, South Africa with
1,686 positive cases now had the highest national total. The Africa
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that at least
10,075 people across Africa have tested positive for the novel
coronavirus. So far, 487 people diagnosed with COVID-19 have died.
(Reuters, 4/7/20)(ABC News, 4/7/20)
2020 Apr 8, South Africa has
announced the death of five patients who were undergoing treatment
for coronavirus, the highest to be reported in a day so far,
bringing the total number of deaths in the country to 18.
2020 Apr 12, South Africa,
which has banned the sale of all alcohol and cigarettes under a
coronavirus lockdown that triggered a wave of lootings of liquor
shops, said it had caught police officers who were complicit in
illegal alcohol sales.
2020 Apr 14, South Africa’s
central bank unexpectedly cut its benchmark interest rate to a
record low. The repurchase rate was reduced to 4.25% from 5.25%
after the May meeting of the monetary policy committee was moved
earlier and took place today.
2020 Apr 18, South Africa
reported 251 new coronavirus infections, its biggest daily increase,
bringing the total to 3,034.