Couples marry on Robben Island in tribute to Mandela

On Valentine’s Day, couples tie the knot on Robben Island in South Africa to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela who spent time in prison on the island during Apartheid.

Newborn baby rescued from storm drain in SAfrica

Rescue workers in South Africa pulled a newborn baby from a storm drain in a four-hour operation that ended with applause and cheers from onlookers. (Feb. 12)

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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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South African elections set for May 8: president

South Africa will go to polls on May 8, President Cyril Ramaphosa announces as he set out his stall for the election in a state-of-the-nation address focused on reviving the economy.

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.

S.Africa’s EFF party supporters arrive ahead of Manifesto launch

Supporters of South Africa’s far-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) arrive at Giant Stadium in Soshanguve, Pretoria, ahead of the party’s manifesto launch. IMAGES

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

Three killed as trains collide in South Africa

(8 Jan 2019) Authorities in South Africa say a train collision in Pretoria has killed three people and injured more than 200. The cause of the crash is under investigation. (Jan. 8)

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