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South Africa: Republic in the southernmost part of Africa
South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. It is bounded to the south by 2,798 kilometres (1,739 mi) of coastline of Southern Africa stretching along the South Atlantic and Indian Oceans; to the north by the neighbouring countries of Namibia, Botswana, and Zimbabwe; and to the east and northeast by Mozambique and Eswatini (Swaziland); and it surrounds the enclaved country of Lesotho. South Africa is the largest country in Southern Africa and the 25th-largest country in the world by land area and, with over 57 million people, is the world's 24th-most populous nation. It is the southernmost country on the mainland of the Old World or the Eastern Hemisphere. About 80 percent of South Africans are of Bantu ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different African languages, nine of which have official status. The remaining population consists of Africa's largest communities of European, Asian (Indian), and multiracial (Coloured) ancestry.

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South Africa's Zuma to appeal decision he must face graft charges

Former South African president Jacob Zuma will appeal a high court decision to deny him a permanent stay of prosecution on charges related to a $2 billion arms deal, his lawyers said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Surviving 29 hours at sea: How some people defy the odds

How did South African Brett Archibald survive nearly 29 hours in Indonesian waters after falling overboard unconscious at 2.30 am in one of the worst storms to hit the Mentawai Strait?
The Age - Published

Videos for South Africa

Preparation and attention to detail key to Japan's rugby success [Video]Preparation and attention to detail key to Japan's rugby success

Japan's successful Rugby World Cup campaign basd on preparation and attention to detail

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South Africa's pocket dynamite Kolbe ready to explode against Japan [Video]South Africa's pocket dynamite Kolbe ready to explode against Japan

Kolbe warns rivals "There is a saying that dynamites come in small packages"

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 02:44Published

Delay in ex-South African leader's case as appeal planned [Video]Delay in ex-South African leader's case as appeal planned

Former President Jacob Zuma faces 16 charges of fraud, corruption and racketeering related to 1990s arms deal.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:00Published

Springboks not underestimating Brave Blossoms in World Cup quarter-final showdown [Video]Springboks not underestimating Brave Blossoms in World Cup quarter-final showdown

We "don't underestimate anything", says South Africa's assistant coach Mzwandile Stick as they prepare to face hosts Japan in the Rugby World Cup quarter-finals.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:13Published

'It's important we don't look back', says All Blacks' Coles ahead of Ireland quarter-final [Video]'It's important we don't look back', says All Blacks' Coles ahead of Ireland quarter-final

Dane Coles says it's important the All Blacks' 'don't look back' on their two recent defeats by Ireland as they prepare for their quarter-final clash.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:08Published

Zuma trial: South Africa's ex-president faces corruption charges [Video]Zuma trial: South Africa's ex-president faces corruption charges

Jacob Zuma faces 16 charges of fraud, racketeering and corruption over arms deal in 1990s.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:45Published

‘Scary’ to think how far Japan could grow – captain Leitch [Video]‘Scary’ to think how far Japan could grow – captain Leitch

Japan's rugby captain Michael Leitch says 'we are getting better each time' as they look forward to facing South Africa in the World Cup quarter-finals.

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Japan fans jubilant over first trip to knockout stage [Video]Japan fans jubilant over first trip to knockout stage

Japanese fans were overjoyed after their team advanced to the knockout stage of the Rugby World Cup for the first time with victory over Scotland.

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Brilliant Japan beat Scotland to reach World Cup quarters for first time [Video]Brilliant Japan beat Scotland to reach World Cup quarters for first time

Japan go through to meet South Africa in the last eight

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Ireland 47-5 Samoa: Joe Schmidt and Rory Best look ahead to quarter-finals [Video]Ireland 47-5 Samoa: Joe Schmidt and Rory Best look ahead to quarter-finals

Ireland Rugby coach Joe Schmidt and captain Rory Best react to their side's 47-5 victory over Samoa, which secured a place in the World Cup quarter-finals. A bonus-point victory in Fukuoka sealed a..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:09Published

England v France, NZ v Italy cancelled due to typhoon [Video]England v France, NZ v Italy cancelled due to typhoon

Rugby World Cup organisers cancel England against France and New Zealand's match against Italy on safety grounds caused by the potential threat of Typhoon Hagibis.

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South African students suffering hunger crisis [Video]South African students suffering hunger crisis

Nearly 80 percent of students at this university fund their studies through government financial aid or loans, and have little money left for accommodation or food.

Credit: Al Jazeera STUDIO     Duration: 02:50Published

All Blacks won't lower guard against Namibia, says NZ's Lienert-Brown [Video]All Blacks won't lower guard against Namibia, says NZ's Lienert-Brown

New Zealand say they are wary of undermining Namibia ahead of their matchup.

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Bok battle is culmination of years of hard work - Tebaldi [Video]Bok battle is culmination of years of hard work - Tebaldi

Italy scrum-half Tito Tebaldi is confident that the Azzurri can use years of preparation to upset South Africa in Friday's Rugby World Cup Pool B clash in Fukuroi City.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 01:16Published

Meghan sues UK newspaper over letter [Video]Meghan sues UK newspaper over letter

The Duchess of Sussex is taking legal action against the Mail on Sunday after it published a private letter. Gracie Jerome reports.

Credit: Reuters Studio     Duration: 01:26Published

Royals' tour of South Africa based around baby Archie's feed times [Video]Royals' tour of South Africa based around baby Archie's feed times

The Duchess of Sussex has said that her family's royal tour of South Africa was heavily influenced by baby Archie's feeding times. Reflecting on the penultimate day of their tour, she also said: "It's..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 00:53Published

Duchess of Sussex gets a big hug from an eight-year-old on charity visit [Video]Duchess of Sussex gets a big hug from an eight-year-old on charity visit

The Duchess of Sussex was greeted with flowers and a hug when she visited a charity in Johannesburg. Meghan carried out the solo engagement at Action Aid in South Africa to discuss gender-based..

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Bloodhound Land Speed Record prepares for trial run in South Africa [Video]Bloodhound Land Speed Record prepares for trial run in South Africa

Behind the scenes of the Bloodhound Land Speed Record headquarters in Berkeley Green, Gloucestershire. The Bloodhound will be tested in South Africa in the coming weeks ahead of a planned world record..

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Resident praises Duchess of Sussex tribute to murdered student [Video]Resident praises Duchess of Sussex tribute to murdered student

The Duchess of Sussex has tied a ribbon at a memorial to a murdered South African student in Cape Town. Local resident Celeste Fortuin speaks about the visit. On a private trip in Cape Town, Meghan..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:32Published

Baby Archie embarks on his first royal tour [Video]Baby Archie embarks on his first royal tour

As the youngest member of the royal family joins his parents on his first-ever official tour, we look at what we have learnt about his character through his parents. Despite baby Archie only making one..

Credit: PA - Press Association STUDIO     Duration: 01:49Published

All Blacks buried head to toe in hot sand bath [Video]All Blacks buried head to toe in hot sand bath

The All Blacks swap the gym for the beach as some of the World Cup squad enjoy the benefits of a hot sand bath.

Credit: Reuters - Sports     Duration: 00:30Published

Meghan's fashion round-up during South Africa tour [Video]Meghan's fashion round-up during South Africa tour

The Duchess of Sussex has had many different wardrobe changes over the past days on the royal tour in South Africa. Choosing specific brands and re-wearing pieces from previous outings, it is thought..

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Three cheers for Japan's Brave Blossoms

When Japan take on South Africa in the Rugby World Cup, there is just a chance that magic will happen. The world should be roaring for the hosts.
The Age - Published

South Africa's Zuma to face corruption trial

South African former President Jacob Zuma will stand trial on corruption charges relating to a $2 billion arms deal after a high court on Friday denied him a permanent stay of prosecution.
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Zuma to face corruption trial after court denies stay of prosecution

South African former President Jacob Zuma will stand trial on corruption charges relating to a $2.5 billion arms deal after a high court denied him a permanent stay of prosecution on Friday.
Reuters - Published

'Everything was cool': Zuma son denies wrongdoing at graft inquiry

Ex-South African president Jacob Zuma's son Duduzane denied wrongdoing at a graft inquiry on Monday, dismissing testimony of two witnesses who placed him in the room when friends of his father are..
Reuters - Published

South African attacks on foreigners shame the continent, says Buhari

Nigerian President Muhammadu Buhari said on Friday that a wave of deadly violence against Nigerians and other foreign nationals in South Africa last month was an embarrassment to the continent.
Reuters - Published

Rwanda charges 25 men tied to rebel outfit with treason, other crimes

Rwandan prosecutors on Wednesday charged 25 men with treason and other crimes related to their alleged activities in a rebel group founded by a South African-based dissident.
Reuters - Published

Britain's Prince Harry and wife Meghan to visit South African township

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan will tour a Johannesburg township on Wednesday before meeting President Cyril Ramaphosa and Nelson Mandela's widow on a busy final day of their tour across..
Reuters - Published

Prince Harry's wife Meghan backs better access for women to higher education

Meghan, wife of Britain's Prince Harry, said on Tuesday that empowering women through education could be transformational for communities during a visit to Johannesburg University in South Africa.
Reuters - Published

Britain's Prince Harry to visit Malawi health centre

Britain's Prince Harry will on Tuesday visit a health centre in Malawi before leaving later in the day to join his family in Johannesburg, South Africa.
Reuters - Published

Prince Harry's wife Meghan honors murdered South African student

Meghan, the wife of Britain's Prince Harry, has tied a ribbon at the site in Cape Town where a student was murdered last month, in a gesture of solidarity with those who have taken a stand against..
Reuters - Published

UK's Harry and Meghan start South African tour in Nyanga township

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan started their tour of South Africa on Monday in a township known as the country's "murder capital".
Reuters - Published

Britain's Harry and Meghan head to South Africa on first tour since baby's birth

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan begin their first overseas tour on Monday since the birth of their first child, starting in South Africa, with Harry then rekindling memories of their..
Reuters - Published

South African army to stay longer in gang hotspots - Ramaphosa

South African soldiers will patrol gang-ridden Cape Town streets for an extra six months after President Cyril Ramaphosa on Monday extended their deployment to the end of March 2020.
Reuters - Published

If marathons weren't hard enough already: strap a tree to your back

This Sunday in South Africa, an accountant, an entrepreneur and a boxing executive are among 20 friends running the Cape Town marathon - with saplings strapped to their backs.
Reuters - Published

South Africa's deputy mines minister dies in car accident

South Africa's Deputy Minister of Mineral Resources and Energy Bavelile Hlongwa has died in a car accident, President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Saturday.
Reuters - Published

Hundreds of Nigerians to take free evacuation from South Africa

At least 640 Nigerians have signed up to take free flights home from South Africa after xenophobic attacks on foreigners, a spokeswoman for Nigeria's president said on Tuesday.
Reuters - Published

Nigeria's Buhari to visit South Africa after attacks

Nigeria's President Muhammadu Buhari will visit South Africa next month to reinforce the bonds between the two countries after a wave of deadly riots and xenophobic attacks, the South African..
Reuters - Published

Kidnapped South African mine worker freed in eastern Congo

A South African mine worker kidnapped by militia in eastern Congo in late July was released on Thursday, according to the official Twitter account of the province where he was taken.
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Ramaphosa says at least 10 killed in riots

South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said on Thursday at least 10 people have been killed, two of them foreigners, in a wave of riots and attacks.
Reuters - Published

South Africa tries to contain 'Afrophobia' fallout as riots upstage summit

South African ministers promised on Thursday to tackle the prejudice fuelling a wave of riots and xenophobic attacks, as growing international anger over the violence overshadowed a pan-African..
Reuters - Published

South Africa acknowledges 'Afrophobia' partly to blame for violence against foreigners

South Africa's Foreign Minister acknowledged on Thursday that prejudice against people from other African countries was one of the causes behind deadly attacks on foreign-owned businesses, a day after..
Reuters - Published

South Africa embassy closed in Nigeria after threats: minister

South Africa has temporarily closed its embassy in Nigeria after threats led to fears for staff safety, Foreign Affairs Minister Naledi Pandor told Reuters, after attacks this week on foreign-owned..
Reuters - Published

Nigeria boycotts Africa economic summit over anti-foreign riots

Nigeria said on Wednesday it would boycott an Africa economic summit in Cape Town, intensifying a diplomatic row after a series of deadly attacks on foreigners in South African cities.
Reuters - Published

Under siege in Nigeria, South African businesses shut stores

South African companies MTN and Shoprite closed stores in Nigeria on Wednesday in the face of attacks targeting their premises in retaliation to similar violence in their home country.
Reuters - Published

Ramaphosa says South Africa must stop attacks on foreigners, nearly 300 arrested

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa told officials and business leaders on Wednesday that he was committed to quelling attacks on foreigners that have threatened to cast a cloud over an economic..
Reuters - Published

MTN Nigeria shuts stores after anti-South African attacks

The Nigerian division of South African telecom operator MTN said on Wednesday it will shut all stores and service centers in the country until further notice after its facilities in three cities were..
Reuters - Published

South African police make more arrests as riots spread

South African police arrested more than 80 people and confirmed five deaths as riots in Johannesburg and the capital Pretoria intensified on Tuesday, spreading to surrounding townships with roving..
Reuters - Published

CEO of South Africa firm linked to graft allegations killed in car crash

The CEO of a South African services firm linked to graft allegations and a controversial donation to President Cyril Ramaphosa's campaign to lead the governing African National Congress has died in a..
Reuters - Published

South African court impounds Tanzanian plane in compensation case: lawyer

South African authorities impounded an Airbus 220-300 aircraft leased by Tanzania's national flag carrier following a court application by a retired farmer who is owed compensation by the Tanzanian..
Reuters - Published

Tanzania says South Africa impounds Airbus plane

South African authorities have impounded an Airbus 220-300 aircraft leased by Tanzania's national flag carrier, the Tanzanian government said.
Reuters - Published

South Africa to roll out sweeping health reform in stages

A proposed move to universal health coverage in South Africa will be rolled out in stages as the budget improves, a senior presidential aide told Reuters, forecasting the landmark reform would cost..
Reuters - Published

South Africa pledges fiscal discipline in sweeping health reform

A proposed switch to universal health coverage in South Africa will be managed in a fiscally responsible way, a senior presidential aide told Reuters, forecasting the landmark reform would cost the..
Reuters - Published

South African court rules display of apartheid flag constitutes hate speech

A South African court on Wednesday ruled that displaying the country's apartheid-era flag in public constituted hate speech that discriminated against black people and violated equality laws.
Reuters - Published

South African court sets aside arms deal inquiry findings

South Africa's High Court on Wednesday set aside the findings of an inquiry that found no evidence of corruption in an arms deal in the 1990s linked to former president Jacob Zuma.
Reuters - Published

South Africa to take 'affordable' approach to nuclear: minister

South Africa will not adopt a "big bang" approach to building new nuclear power capacity but instead add capacity in an affordable way, Energy and Mineral Resources Minister Gwede Mantashe said on..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Public Protector hit with second punitive costs order

A South Africa court on Thursday awarded a second punitive costs order against the country's top anti-corruption official, Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane, after finding an investigation conducted..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Ramaphosa wins latest round of legal fight with anti-corruption watchdog

President Cyril Ramaphosa won the latest round of a legal battle with South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog on Monday, as a judge delayed implementation of findings linked to its claim that he misled..
Reuters - Published

Ramaphosa asks court to seal certain documents in legal battle: reports

Lawyers for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa have asked a court to seal financial records held by the country's corruption watchdog because they were obtained unlawfully, online news site Times..
Reuters - Published

South Africa's Ramaphosa wins court case against anti-graft watchdog

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa won a court case against the anti-corruption watchdog on Thursday over a matter concerning ally Pravin Gordhan, ahead of a fresh battle over findings against the..
Reuters - Published

Cocaine supply from South Africa quenching Australia's drug thirst: ACIC

Australians are consuming more than four tonnes of cocaine every year, and clocking a record number of arrests for doing so.
The Age - Published

Mozambique to fight for extradition of former finance minister over debt scandal

Mozambique's government is to fight for the extradition from South Africa of former finance minister Manuel Chang, who the United States is seeking to put on trial, according to a letter from a law..
Reuters - Published

South African lawmakers to discuss fitness for office of anti-graft watchdog

A South African parliamentary committee will discuss a request to look into the fitness to hold office of Public Protector Busisiwe Mkhwebane after a recess period, most likely in early September, the..
Reuters - Published

South African corruption fighter seen amplifying ANC battles

To allies of President Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa's anti-corruption watchdog is a wrecking ball who is abusing her office and could derail efforts to clean up government and turn the economy around...
Reuters - Published

Ramaphosa is 'last hope' for South Africa, Chinese diplomat says

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is the "last hope" for Africa's most advanced economy, but his government must turn incentive policies into laws to secure more Chinese investment, a senior..
Reuters - Published

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