Coronavirus: police close down shops in Soweto, South Africa | AFP

South African police patrol the streets of Soweto on the 4th day of the nationwide lockdown. Ensuring that informal businesses and smaller shops remain closed is proving to be a challenge in the country’s poorer areas.

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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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Coronavirus: roadblocks set up in South Africa to enforce lockdown | AFP

As part of a three-week lockdown, roadblocks have been set up in South Africa to dissuade movement, in an effort to stem the spread of the novel coronavirus.

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Police enforce lockdown on South African roads | AFP

Police officers enforce the lockdown in South Africa at a roadblock by checking drivers’ official forms authorizing them to be outside. South Africa recorded its first two deaths from the novel coronavirus as the number of confirmed cases surpassed the 1,000 mark just hours after a three-week nationwide lockdown came into effect.

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Coronavirus: Lockdown in South Africa | AFP

South Africa came under a nationwide military-patrolled lockdown on Friday, joining other African countries imposing strict curfews and shutdowns in an attempt to halt the spread of the coronavirus across the continent.

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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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Africa Weekly: new coronavirus cases reach Eastern Africa | AFP

This week in Africa Kenya and Ethiopia record their first coronavirus cases, the Democratic Republic of Congo records first COVID-19 positive diagnosis as Ebola outbreak nears end and South Africa repatriates over 120 nationals from virus-hit China.
And in other news: African leaders agree to Libya peace talks in July, Ethiopian Airlines marks one year since Flight 302 crash, Malawi security forces fire teargas at protesters as activist detained, Hunger, economic slump as Zambia battles drought, Business booms for Seychelles’ suggestive love coconuts and French-Rwandan artist Gaël Faye debuts film based on bestseller.

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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 Africans repatriated from Wuhan arrive at resort to be quarantined | AFP

One hundred forty six South Africans return to South Africa and are taken to a quarantine facility by bus after they were working and studying in Wuhan city, which was placed under lockdown for around two months after the novel virus was first detected in December. The returnees will only be released after they get a clean bill of health at the end of the mandatory quarantine. Government officials have assured that none of the group are infected by the virus and that the quarantine measures are only a precaution. IMAGES

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South Africans returned from virus-hit Wuhan | AFP

One hundred forty six South Africans return to South Africa after they were working and studying in Wuhan city, which was placed under lockdown for around two months after the novel virus was first detected in December. The returnees will only be released after they get a clean bill of health at the end of the mandatory quarantine. Government officials have assured that none of the group are infected by the virus and that the quarantine measures are only a precaution. IMAGES

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‘I can’t just sit back and be okay’ – S.African forced sterilisation victim | AFP

Bongekile Msibi is one of at least 48 pregnant women in South Africa, many of them HIV positive, who were sterilised by doctors without their knowledge while giving birth. Now she wants answers.

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South Africa reports first coronavirus case | AFP

South African Health Minister Zweli Mkhize confirms the country’s first case of the novel coronavirus, a 38-year-old male who travelled to Italy. SOUNDBITE

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A round up of news and features – web | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we make a splash in South Africa where surfers are increasingly opting for wooden boards over the more common polyurethane foam option, for a smoother, more environmentally-friendly ride. Then we head to the Seychelles, commonly known as a tropical eden with idyllic beaches but where around five percent of the population are addicted to heroin.

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A round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly we begin in northwestern Nigeria, where gold mining continues despite an attempted ban by the government, risk of lead poisoning and the constant threat of armed groups. Then we head to South Africa’s Kalahari region where extreme drought is driving down tourism and forcing employers to cut jobs.

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Thousands of animals die as severe drought grips Southern Africa | AFP

South Africa’s northern Kalahari region is renowned for its dry and arid climate – an environment the wildlife and livestock are accustomed to. However, an extreme drought has killed off not only many animals, but also tourism to several farms. Some have been forced to let workers go and shut down operations as they wait desperately for rain.

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday, February 11: Voting underway for New Hampshire primary; Heavy rain, flooding hits South; Quarantine ends for some China evacuees; South Africa marks 30 years since Nelson Mandela’s release from prison.

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Long road home for Cape Town’s apartheid dispossessed | AFP

In 1966, South Africa’s white minority government listed Cape Town’s multiracial ‘Disrict 6’ neighbourhood as a ‘whites area’. Most residents were forcibly moved because they were black or mixed-race and bulldozers destroyed their homes. A quarter of a century after the fall of apartheid, this page in South Africa’s dark history may have turned. But a court decision has raised hopes of returning home for the dispossessed people of District 6. N°1OW0W7N°1OW2NG

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Long road home for Cape Town’s apartheid dispossessed | AFP

In 1966, South Africa’s white minority government listed Cape Town’s multiracial ‘Disrict 6’ neighbourhood as a ‘whites area’. Most residents were forcibly moved because they were black or mixed-race and bulldozers destroyed their homes. A quarter of a century after the fall of apartheid, this page in South Africa’s dark history may have turned. But a court decision has raised hopes of returning home for the dispossessed people of District 6. N°1OW0W7N°1OW2NG

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Today in History for February 11th

Highlights of this day in history: South Africa frees Nelson Mandela; Allied leaders in the last months of World War II sign the Yalta accords; Ayatollah Khomeini’s followers seize power in Iran; inventor Thomas Edison born. (Feb. 11)

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Here’s the latest for Tuesday, January 21st: McConnell abruptly eases impeachment trial time limits; President Trump in Davos reiterates trial is a hoax; First case of coronavirus confirmed in U.S.; Rescued circus animals relocated to South Africa.

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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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Minstrels, an alternative for youth in South Africa’s Cape Flats | AFP

Hundreds of people participate in this year’s Cape Town Minstrel Carnival, or “Kaapse klopse” as it is known locally, which has become an outlet for South African youth in the Cape Flats, where they have historically been plagued by gangsterism and drug addiction.

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A round up of news and features | AFP

This week on Africa Weekly, we meet a team of British engineers and mechanics who have spent 6 weeks working in South Africa’s Kalahari desert with the aim of constructing a car capable of taking on the land speed record, currently set at 1,223.657 kilometres per hour.Then we head to Gambia, where three years after being ousted from power, the country’s former dictator Yahya Jammeh is still revered by a part of the population and supporters of his APRC party still live in hope of his return.

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