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South Africa: Southernmost country in Africa
South Africa, officially the Republic of South Africa (RSA), is the southernmost country in Africa. With over 59 million people, it is the world's 24th-most populous nation and covers an area of 1,221,037 square kilometres (471,445 sq mi). South Africa has three capital cities: executive Pretoria, judicial Bloemfontein and legislative Cape Town. The largest city is Johannesburg. About 80% of South Africans are of Black African ancestry, divided among a variety of ethnic groups speaking different African languages. The remaining population consists of Africa's largest communities of European, Asian, and multiracial ancestry.

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Tensions as suspects in S Africa farm murder case appear in court [Video]

Tensions as suspects in S Africa farm murder case appear in court

Tense scenes outside a court in South Africa at hearing for two Black men charged with killing a white farmer.

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Tensions rise in South Africa over farm killing [Video]

Tensions rise in South Africa over farm killing

A tense standoff between white farmers and black activists gripped the South African town of Senekal on Friday.View on euronews

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South Africa rugby fans give their verdict on Championship withdrawal [Video]

South Africa rugby fans give their verdict on Championship withdrawal

Rugby fans in Cape Town are disappointed by the Springboks' decision to pull out of the Rugby Championship in Australia.

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World champs South Africa withdraw from Rugby Championship [Video]

World champs South Africa withdraw from Rugby Championship

World champions South Africa will not take part in the Rugby Championship due effects of COVID-19 pandemic

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Holidaymaker almost loses toe from spider bite [Video]

Holidaymaker almost loses toe from spider bite

An intrepid traveller who survived swimming with sharks on the trip of alifetime told how he was so badly bitten by a venomous spider on the sameholiday that doctors threatened to amputate his toe...

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Watch: How Mahatma Gandhi's ‘passive resistance’ inspired Nelson Mandela [Video]

Watch: How Mahatma Gandhi's ‘passive resistance’ inspired Nelson Mandela

Mahatma Gandhi inspired millions across the globe with his ideals. From ‘non-violence’ to ‘satyagraha’, Gandhi’s legacy transcends borders and generations. Among the many that Gandhi inspired..

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South Africa: Gauteng rail service disrupted by vandalism [Video]

South Africa: Gauteng rail service disrupted by vandalism

In South Africa, Gauteng's railway system grinds to a halt, leaving hundreds of thousands stranded.

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Foreigners 'live in constant fear' in South Africa, Human Rights Watch reports [Video]

Foreigners 'live in constant fear' in South Africa, Human Rights Watch reports

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Officers accused of killing South African teen to appear in court [Video]

Officers accused of killing South African teen to appear in court

Killing of Nathaniel Julies, a 16-year-old boy with Down syndrome, sparked outcry and protests against police brutality.

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South Africans in vaccine trial hope 'to save the world' [Video]

South Africans in vaccine trial hope 'to save the world'

Khensani Nkuna is a volunteer in AstraZeneca's experimental coronavirus vaccine trial in South Africa and she hopes to "save the world". Colette Luke has the latest.

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South African bikers protest against attacks on farmers [Video]

South African bikers protest against attacks on farmers

Thousands of bikers from all over South Africa gathered around Pretoria to deliver roses and crosses attached with letters to stop farm murders and racism. View on euronews

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Anger after South African police kill disabled teenager [Video]

Anger after South African police kill disabled teenager

The community says police are using gang violence in the area to cover up the killing.

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Jaw-Dropping Aerial Pictures Show Southern Right Whales Cavorting [Video]

Jaw-Dropping Aerial Pictures Show Southern Right Whales Cavorting

These jaw-dropping aerial shots, taken by Iain Bryant, show Southern Right Whales cavorting at Witsand, South Africa. The two adult whales are believed to be mating while a juvenile stays near its..

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South African government to appeal ruling declaring some COVID-19 measures invalid

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'Violence provokes violence', Mandela Foundation says in support of U.S. protests

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Court rules some South African lockdown restrictions invalid

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South Africa loosens lockdown in economic recovery effort

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South Africa partly lifts lockdown to try to fix battered economy

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South Africa postpones reopening of schools over safety concerns

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South Africa has backlog of over 96,000 coronavirus tests

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