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’s radical leftist EFF addresses supporters

“The ANC is very scared of you,” Julius Malema, the leader of South Africa’s radical leftist Economic Freedom Fighters, tells supporters at the Orlando stadium in Soweto, Johannesburg, ahead of the country’s general elections on Wednesday. SOUNDBITE

Anger at poor public service delivery in S.African township

Inside the conical brick tower looming over Walter Sisulu Square in Kliptown, Soweto, Busi Hlatshwayo thoughtfully studies 10 giant bronze slabs announcing the core principles of South Africa’s Freedom Charter. She pauses at one that declares: “The people shall share in the country’s wealth!” and remarks wryly: “Where is that wealth?” Hlatshwayo hails from Kliptown, a suburb of Johannesburg’s Soweto township, where many people live in crowded, makeshift homes.

Guess who? Boeing 767 engine catches fire after takeoff in South Africa

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A Harare-bound Air Zimbabwe Boeing 767-200 requested an emergency landing and circled around the airport near Johannesburg, South Africa, after its engine suddenly caught fire shortly after takeoff. READ MORE:


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France launches first intl competition for women conductors

The first international competition for women orchestra conductors was launched in Paris on Thursday evening. Founded by pianist Clemence Guerrand, the MAWOMA (Music And Women Maestra) contest will be held on six continents, going to cities like Rio, Los Angeles, Johannesburg, Sidney and Tokyo, to highlight the talent of young women of all nationalities. The final will take place at the end of 2019 in Paris and will decide between the six winners of the continental events.

Johannesburg’s grandest old colonial club seeks new image

With its imposing columned facade, hunting trophies and oil portraits, the Rand Club in Johannesburg’s city centre is a relic of South Africa’s colonial and apartheid past. But Alicia Thompson, a black woman born in Johannesburg, is seeking to reposition the club, which has struggled to stay open in recent years, by attracting the city’s “young hustlers” of today while preserving its heritage.