S.Africa to reopen borders to most countries on October 1 | AFP

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa announces borders will reopen to most countries next month, as the country further eases anti-coronavirus measures. SOUNDBITE

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South Africa re-instates booze ban as coronavirus cases spike | AFP

Liquor stores remain shut in Johannesburg as South African President Cyril Ramaphosa suspends alcohol sales again as coronavirus infections spike and the health system risks being overwhelmed. IMAGES

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South Africa’s Ramaphosa extends coronavirus lockdown by two weeks | AFP

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announces that the nationwide lockdown is to be extended for an additonal two week period beyond the initial 21 days.

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South Africa to impose 21-day lockdown to curb coronavirus : Ramaphosa | AFP

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announces a three-week national lockdown to contain the spread of the deadly new coronavirus which has affected more than 400 people. SOUNDBITE

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S.Africa closes border to all citizens from high-risk countries: president | AFP

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa announces a national state of disaster in South Africa in an effort to curb the spread of COVID-19. SOUNDBITE

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South African president welcomes Merkel | AFP

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa welcomes Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel in Pretoria. IMAGES

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South Africa’s Ramaphosa welcomes Ethiopian Prime minister Abiy Ahmed for State visit | AFP

Ethiopian Prime Minister Abiy Ahmed meets South African leader Cyril Ramaphosa at the Presidency in Pretoria as part of his State visit. IMAGES

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Vladimir Putin meets with Cyril Ramaphosa at Russia-Africa summit | AFP

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is welcomed by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Russia-Africa summit in Sochi. Putin is hosting dozens of African leaders as Moscow seeks greater influence on a continent where the West and China have a firm foothold. IMAGES

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South Africa’s cabinet ministers are sworn into their new roles | AFP

New ministers for South African President Cyril Ramaphosa’s government are sworn in in Pretoria. Ramaphosa cut the number of cabinet ministers from 36 to 28 in a move he said would tackle the country’s “bloated” government and improve efficiency. Half the new ministers are women, making South Africa one of the world’s few gender-balanced governments.

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Cyril Ramaphosa sworn in as South African president

Cyril Ramaphosa has been sworn in as the South African president during his inauguration in Pretoria. The 66-year-old leader was unanimously elected by parliament after his African National Congress (ANC) won legislative elections on May 8, winning 230 of the 400 seats. The victory was earned with 57.5 percent of the vote — the party’s lowest share of the ballot since it overturned apartheid 25 years ago. SOUNDBITE

Ramaphosa, deputies arrive at new parliament in Cape Town

South African deputies arrive at Cape Town’s parliament which is sitting for the first time after the ANC won the May 8 election. Lawmakers are to be sworn in and ANC leader Cyril Ramaphosa elected as national president. IMAGES of deputies and Ramaphosa arriving

Ramaphosa attends official election results annoucement

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa speaks after the official election results are published as his ruling ANC gears up for its sixth straight term in power in the post-apartheid era. The party’s worst ever electoral showing could hamper efforts to revive the flagging economy and fight graft. IMAGES of the election results and South African President Cyril Ramaphosa on stage

South Africa: Ramaphosa compares vote with iconic 1994 election

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa says the election day reminds him of the country’s famous 1994 election, which saw the end of apartheid rule and the start of the ANC era. He says he feels a similar excitement among the people who are “heralding a new future” for the nation.

South Africa: President Cyril Ramaphosa casts his vote

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa arrives to cast his vote at a polling station in Johannesburg. His ruling ANC party has been in power since 1994 and is favourite to win despite corruption scandals, sluggish economic growth and record unemployment.

South Africa: Maimane says ANC’s Ramaphosa is “no savior”

Mmusi Maimane, head of South Africa’s main opposition Democratic Alliance party, says Cyril Ramaphosa, president of the ruling ANC, “will not help our country” during a final major campaign rally ahead of national elections. Voters will cast their ballots on Wednesday in what is seen as the most contested election since the first democratic vote 25 years ago. SOUNDBITE

Ramaphosa: I will sing Masekela’s ‘Thuma Mina’ if EFF win in May

South Africa’s President Cyril Ramaphosa jokingly says that if the Economic Freedom Fighters win elections in May, he will sing Hugh Masekela’s song ‘Thuma Mina’ in Parliament. Ramaphosa was delivering his last state-of-the-nation address ahead of the elections, with his party smarting from corruption allegations.

ANC launches election manifesto

South Africa’s ruling ANC party launches its election campaign on Saturday ahead of polls in May that it is tipped to win despite recently falling support, internal divisions and a sluggish economy. On Friday, party members including President Cyril Ramaphosa celebrated the ANC’s 107th anniversary and the launch of its electoral manifesto with a preview dinner.

SAfrica’s Ramaphosa gives speech at ANC manifesto launch

1ST IMAGES of South Africa’s Cyril Ramaphosa’s speech at the launch of his party’s 2019 election manifesto. The African National Congress (ANC), which has ruled since the end of apartheid 25 years ago, is tipped to win the election in May despite faltering support, internal divisions and a sluggish economy. SOUNDBITE

South Africa’s Ramaphosa lands in Buenos Aires ahead of G20

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa greets Argentina’s Foreign Minister Jorge Faurie at his arrival in Buenos Aires ahead of the G20 Summit. IMAGES