Johannesburg streets get busy as lockdown eased | AFP

Life is slowly returning to the Johannesburg city centre after South Africa eased its countrywide lockdown. Up until the end of April only essential services were permitted to move around, but since the start of May these restrictions have been slightly relaxed allowing some to go back to work.

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Long queues for social grants in Johannesburg as lockdown eases | AFP

South Africans who have been queuing since the early morning to obtain their social grants angrily demand that the South African Social Security Agency opens its offices.

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South African doctors develop ‘Intubox’ to prevent COVID-19 ICU infections | AFP

A team of doctors from Johannesburg’s Charlotte Maxeke public hospital showcases a newly-designed coronavirus protection device for healthcare workers.

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Johannesburg hospital tests staff for COVID-19 | AFP

Johannesburg’s Charlotte Maxebe hospital tests its staff for COVID-19. The country is fighting against the spread of the novel coronavirus by enforcing a 5 week lockdown until the end of April. IMAGES

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S. Africa health authorities conduct checks in informal Johannesburg settlement | AFP

Responding to the threat posed by COVID-19, South African health authorities set up a testing site in the poor informal settlement of Diepsloot, in Johannesburg. The aim is to reach more people, while also ensuring that health clinics are not overwhelmed. Here, they are on the lookout for signs of COVID-19, but also other diseases, like HIV. South Africa has the highest recorded numbers of coronavirus infection in sub-Saharan Africa, with over 2,400 cases. IMAGES

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Coronavirus: Local NGOs distribute food in Johannesburg  | AFP

SDI Force (Slum Dwellers International) and the City of Joburg distribute food parcels to waste pickers, street vendors and car guards to keep them off the strs.

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Coronavirus: South Africa police patrol to enforce lockdown | AFP

Police in South Africa patrol Hillbrow neighbourhood in Johannesburg to enforce the country’s lockdown. South Africa, which now has the highest numbers of infections on the continent, has ordered a 21-day lockdown to step the novel coronavirus outbreak, which comes into effect at midnight on Thursday. IMAGES

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Johannesburg’s Bank of Lisbon building demolished one year after deadly fire | AFP

Johannesburg’s CBD iconic building Bank of Lisbon building implodes as part of its demolition after it was deemed structurally unfit following a 2018 fire which lasted three days and claimed the lives of three firefighters. IMAGES

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South Africans sing and dance as Springbok heroes return | AFP

Thousands of South Africans scream with joy, dance and sing at OR Tambo airport near Johannesburg as the Springboks Rugby World Cup winners returned home.

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Springboks’ Kolisi lifts Rugby World Cup trophy in Johannesburg | AFP

Springboks Captain Siya Kolisi and coach Rassie Erasmus triumphantly lift the Rugby World Cup trophy as they are welcomed by a huge crowd in Johannesburg. IMAGES

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South Africa’s Springboks return home after Rugby World Cup triumph | AFP

Thousands of South Africans welcome Springboks players at O.R. Tambo airport near Johannesburg as the Rugby World Cup champions return home. IMAGES

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Laura Ferreira’s sustainable fashion

Designer Laura Ferreira showcases a 100 percent natural collection at South Africa Fashion Week in Johannesburg. (Oct. 24)

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Duduzane Zuma, former president’s son, appears before state capture inquiry commission | AFP

Duduzane Zuma, the former South African president Jacob Zuma’s son, appears before the state capture inquiry commission in Johannesburg. IMAGES

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Prince Harry and Meghan Markle visit Johannesburg township | AFP

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit an entrepreneurial hub in a Johannesburg township as they wrap up their tour of southern Africa.

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Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit Johannesburg entrepreneur hub | AFP

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex visit an entrepreneurs’ hub in a Johannesburg township as they wrap up their tour of South Africa. They will return to the UK where Meghan Markle is suing Britain’s Mail On Sunday newspaper over the publication of a private letter, her husband Prince Harry has said. IMAGES

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“Paleo-artist” painter-scientist revives prehistoric monsters | AFP

An article published in the Journal of African Earth Science describes the presence of Rauisichids and Poposaurids, two prehistoric crocodilians, in South Africa during the Triassic period. An important discovery for the palaeontologists of the Wits University in Johannesburg that would not be as well received if it wasn’t accompanied by the artwork of palaeo-artsist Viktor Radermacher.

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Comic Con Africa kicks off in Johannesburg | AFP

Comic Con Africa 2019 kicks off in Johannesburg, South Africa, for the second year on the continent. The convention is a multi-genre entertainment event for comic fanatics. IMAGES

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Africa Weekly – a round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we head to South Africa, where around 1,000 people each year end up in the morgues of Johannesburg, without anyone claiming them. With no identity documents, so it is up to medical examiners to find out who they are and to try and find their families. Then we head to the Democratic Republic of Congo where Lake Kivu is playing a key role in the country’s battle against Ebola. FOR SUBSCRIBERS OF AFRICA WEEKLY ONLY

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South African protesters demand crackdown on femicide | AFP

With placards stating “Enough is enough”, hundreds of protesters marched in Johannesburg on Friday to protest at gender-based violence in one of the world’s most crime-ridden countries.

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