Handmade wooden surfboards: a South African’s quest for a greener ride | AFP

Striking the perfect balance between your board and the water is the harmony most surfers dream of. Coupled with the global trend towards being more environmentally friendly, some are switching from the traditional polyurethane foam boards to more artisanal wooden surfboards. N°1OO0Q4N°1OP0L6

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South African president welcomes Merkel | AFP

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa welcomes Chancellor of Germany Angela Merkel in Pretoria. IMAGES

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New Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber to focus on ‘transformation’ | AFP

Newly-appointed Springboks head coach Jacques Nienaber says he will focus on “transformation” for the South African rugby team to “keep on winning”. He replaces Rassie Erasmus who led the squad to victory in the last World Cup. SOUNDBITE

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Life in a barrel: South African aims to break bizarre world record | AFP

It’s a world record almost nobody knows about, but South African Vernon Kruger is set to break it : the longest duration pole sitting in a barrel.

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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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Miss South Africa crowned Miss Universe

Zozibini Tunzi of South Africa wins the 2019 Miss Universe competition, becoming the third South African to win the honor. (Dec. 12)

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The fruity, earthy gin infused with elephant dung

A South African gin is infused with elephant dung, and the couple that makes it says it’s often a hit with tourists. (Nov. 12)

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‘Ghost’ fishing gear: the trash haunting ocean wildlife | AFP

Far out in the South Atlantic Ocean, invisible to the South African coastline, diver Pascal Van Erp surfaces with an abandoned lobster cage covered in algae and other marine organisms. Known as “ghost gear”, these abandoned objects make up a significant volume of the plastic pollution in the world’s seas and oceans and can trap large marine wildlife, causing them slow, painful deaths.

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Palesa Mokubung wants to win over Africa

South African designer Palesa Mokubung has ambitions to reach out to women across the African continent with her modern looks. (Oct. 24)

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Vladimir Putin meets with Cyril Ramaphosa at Russia-Africa summit | AFP

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa is welcomed by Russian President Vladimir Putin at the Russia-Africa summit in Sochi. Putin is hosting dozens of African leaders as Moscow seeks greater influence on a continent where the West and China have a firm foothold. IMAGES

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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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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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Unrest continues in Johannesburg Katlehong township | AFP

At least 31 people are arrested in Johannesburg Katlehong township after South African police dispersed rioters with rubber bullets, stun grenades and tear gas. IMAGES

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Shopkeepers lose everything to looting in Johannesburg | AFP

Certain foreign and South African nationals in Johannesburg are left with nothing after falling victim to looting. South Africa has recently seen outbreaks of violence against foreign businesses, sparked by the perception that jobs are being taken away from South Africans.

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Demonstrators clash with police near South African businesses in Nigeria | AFP

More than a hundred demonstrators clash with police near a South African-owned supermarket in the Nigerian capital as resentment simmers over attacks on foreign-owned shops in South Africa.

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S. Africa xenophobic attacks: police disperse protests in Johannesburg | AFP

South African police disperse protesters holding bottles, machetes and axes in Johannesburg’s central business district. This is the third day in a row that South Africa has succumb to xenophobic attacks, with sporadic violence targeting foreign-owned stores and enterprises. IMAGES

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South African musicians gather to pay tribute to Johnny Clegg | AFP

Over a thousand people attend a Johnny Clegg memorial event in Johannesburg, where artists and dignitaries sang and praised Clegg’s pivotal role not only in Africa, but the world. Johnny Clegg was described as a national treasure who crossed cultural and racial lines, and unified all people with his blend of Zulu rhythms and Western music. IMAGES of the event AND SOUNDBITES of Clegg’s son Jesse, the South African Arts and Culture Minister and a South African Journalist

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South African teens fight gun crime with radio broadcast | AFP

Between 18 and 21 people die due to gun violence in South Africa every day. A group of young reporters from the Alexandra township in Johannesburg is hoping to tackle this scourge in a rather peculiar way – by producing and hosting their own radio show.

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Zuma pulls out of South African graft inquiry | AFP

The lawyer of former South African president Jacob Zuma announces his client is withdrawing from testifying to an inquiry into corruption under his rule. SOUNDBITE

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South African military deployed to quell Cape Town gang crime | AFP

South African soldiers begin patrolling Cape Town’s crime-ridden townships under a deployment ordered by the government to counter a surge in shootings, gang violence and murders.

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S.Africa’s Zuma takes centre stage at graft inquiry | AFP

Former South African president Jacob Zuma arrives in court to testify at a judicial inquiry where he faces tough questioning over allegations that he oversaw systematic looting of state funds while in power. IMAGES

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Football grannies go head to head in France | AFP

With no one under the age of 60, 17 French grandmothers make up “Mamies Foot” (“football grannies”) and go head-to-head with seasoned South African team “Vakhegula Vakhegula” (“grandmothers”) in a championship, losing 10-0 — but keeping their spirits up.

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