Carpe diem: Invasive fish feeds hungry in S.Africa’s lockdown | AFP

The common carp, an invasive fish species in South Africa, has turned into an unlikely food source for needy coastal communities stretched under coronavirus restrictions. With South Africa’s lockdown now in its fifth month, fish from Groenvlei Lake are helping feed around 250 people per day.

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Where death comes wrapped in plastic: S.Africa’s COVID hotspot | AFP

The tentacles of coronavirus have snaked into South Africa’s Eastern Cape province, delving stealthily into its under-equipped hospitals and impoverished townships. The province has recorded around 18 percent of South Africa’s 311,049 coronavirus cases, making it the country’s third-worst-affected.

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South African funeral parlours under pressure as COVID-19 surges | AFP

A Soweto funeral parlour reaches full capacity as daily COVID-19 deaths surge in South Africa.

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Cars line up outside Soweto cemetery as South Africa virus deaths rise | AFP

Aerial footage shows funerals under way at the Olifantsvlei Cemetery in Soweto, as South Africa’s COVID-19 death toll continues to rise. South Africa is the worst-affected country in Africa and among the top five in the world in terms of confirmed cases, with more than 400,000 infections reported to date.

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WHO ‘very concerned’ at ‘acceleration’ of coronavirus spread in Africa | AFP

The World Health Organization’s emergencies chief Michael Ryan voices alarm at the spread of COVID-19 in Africa, warning South Africa’s surging numbers could be a “marker” for outbreaks across the continent. “I’m very concerned right now that we are beginning to see an acceleration of disease in Africa,” he tells a virtual press conference. SOUNDBITE

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Today in History for July 18th

Highlights of this day in history: The Spanish Civil War begins; Sen. Ted Kennedy’s passenger dies when he drives his car off a bridge on Chappaquiddick Island; South Africa’s Nelson Mandela and musician Ricky Skaggs born. (July 18)

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Rhodes statue beheaded in South Africa’s Cape Town | AFP

A bronze bust in a Cape Town park honouring 19th-century British imperialist and white supremacist Cecil Rhodes has been decapitated.

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Clinicians volunteer for South Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial | AFP

At the Faculty of Health Sciences at University of the Witwatersrand in South Africa, six senior clinicians volunteer to participate in South Africa’s first COVID-19 vaccine trial. The trial aims to find a vaccine that will prevent infection by SARS-CoV-2, the virus that causes COVID-19.

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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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AP Top Stories July 11 P

Here are the top stories for Saturday, July 11th: Search for missing ‘Glee’ star Rivera continues; 5 dead and 40 arrests in attack on South Africa church; Two dead in Nigeria building collapse; Michigan’s Palace of Auburn Hills imploded.

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Theron wants her daughters to feel represented in Hollywood

Charlize Theron says she’s making choices as a producer and actor to ensure her β€œtwo small, beautiful African American daughters” will feel represented on-screen. The actress – who stars in Netflix action movie “The Old Guard” – also discusses her feelings of guilt over being a white person in Apartheid-era South Africa. (June 30)

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Africa’s first coronavirus vaccine trial kicks off in South Africa | AFP

In this edition of Africa Weekly: Researchers in South Africa start Africa’s first coronavirus vaccine trial in an international effort to halt the pandemic, which has officially, currently claimed 480,000 lives around the world. Meanwhile confirmed cases in Africa have reached 350,000, raising fears the continent might become the new virus epicenter. In some good news, the Democratic Republic of Congo has declared an official end to an Ebola outbreak that took two years to crush.

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Great white shark swims among oblivious South African surfers | AFP

South Africa’s National Sea Rescue Institute (NSRI) issues a safety warning to bathers and surfers after numerous shark sightings on the southern coastline in recent weeks. Drone footage obtained by the NSRI shows a great white shark swimming among seemingly oblivious surfers in Plettenberg Bay.

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Today in History for June 16th

Highlights of this day in history: Abraham Lincoln says America cannot remain divided over slavery; Valentina Tereshkova becomes the first woman in space; Deadly Soweto riots erupt in South Africa; Ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev defects. (June 16)

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South Africa sends ‘Trains of hope’ to bring virus fight to countryside | AFP

South Africa’s “Trains of Hope” bring healthcare workers to hard-to-reach areas, deviating from routine healthcare to boost testing for the novel coronavirus.

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Protests flare in Africa as coronavirus lockdown patience wears thin | AFP

Demonstrators took to the street in several African countries this week, as residents grow angry over continued lockdown measures. Elsewhere on the continent schools began to reopen but in South Africa’s Cape Town, some people were calling for them to remain closed. The continent now has over 170,000 reported cases. Here is AFP’s latest edition of Africa Weekly.

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South African wildlife farmers become unlikely heroes in rural feeding scheme | AFP

Thousands of people are struggling to survive in South Africa, unable to earn a living under the strict lockdown rules aimed at preventing the spread of the coronavirus. Some help has come from an unexpected source: game farmers who are left with surplus meat after culling their animals. NΒ°1SB5HONΒ°1SD3IT

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The plight of immigrants in South Africa under the lockdown | AFP

South Africa’s strict lockdown provides a number of challenges for its large immigrant community, who have been left with no source of income for weeks. Despite money being set aside for the provision of aid and relief, many of these immigrants will not be recipients due to their status in the country.

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To open economies, to vote, to feed the hungry: Africa’s coronavirus conundrums | AFP

African countries take tentative small steps to reopen as the coronavirus infection numbers approach 100,000. South Africa feeds thousands as mines grapple with restrictions. Burundi pushes ahead with general elections, downplaying the pandemic altogether.

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Thousands turn out for food distribution in South African capital | AFP

Thousands of people queue up in the early morning in the informal settlement of Iterileng, Pretoria, to receive food hampers, masks, soap and hand sanitiser during South Africa’s coronavirus lockdown.

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Health workers protest in Cape Town over protective gear, transport amid virus | AFP

Nurses and other health workers demonstrate outside Cape Town’s Tygerberg Hospital, one of South Africa’s coronavirus testing and isolation sites, against lack of protective equipment and transport to work. A nurse who worked at the hospital died after contracting COVID-19. IMAGES

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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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Surfers protest against lockdown in South Africa | AFP

Dozens of surfers protest at Surfers Corner in Muizenberg, near Cape Town, to show their anger over lockdown restrictions that prevent them from using the beach to surf.

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Today in History for May 2nd

Highlights of this day in history: Nazi Germany’s capital Berlin falls in World War II; Artist Leonardo da Vinci dies; Civil War Gen. ‘Stonewall’ Jackson killed; Nelson Mandela claims victory in South Africa vote; Singer Bing Crosby born. (May 2)

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