Long queues for social grants in Johannesburg as lockdown eases | AFP

South Africans who have been queuing since the early morning to obtain their social grants angrily demand that the South African Social Security Agency opens its offices.

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South Africans allowed to exercise for first time in five weeks | AFP

South Africans flock the outdoors as lockdown restrictions begin to ease. People are now allowed to exercise outside three hours a day. from runnersN°1QX8ML

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South Africa’s Townships Are Worried About Soldiers, Not Coronavirus

When South African president Cyril Rhamaphosa announced a three week lockdown on 23 March, he acknowledged that his country is particularly vulnerable to COVID-19.

The virus, he said, is “extremely dangerous for a population like ours, with a large number of people with suppressed immunity because of HIV and TB, and high levels of poverty and malnutrition.” About a quarter of South Africans live in townships – in cramped, unsanitary conditions, rife with health problems.

Since the lockdown began last week, images of police and army brutality have been circulating on social media. That worries Pamela more than catching the virus. “We are not afraid of Corona. We are afraid of the soldiers around us.”

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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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Coronavirus reaches sub-Saharan Africa: Africa this week | AFP

This week in Africa: The first countries in sub-Saharan Africa report cases of COVID-19 and start body temperature screenings for travellers. Netflix launches its first original series produced in Africa. Black and mixed-race South Africans hope to return to Cape Town’s iconic District 6, where they were forced out during apartheid. In Uganda, victims speak of acid attacks that seem much more prevalent than the few cases reported to police.

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Victorious Springboks receive heroes’ welcome in Pretoria | AFP

South Africans in Church Square, Pretoria, welcome the Rugby World Cup-winning Springbok rugby team in their trophy tour around the country.

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South Africans sing and dance as Springbok heroes return | AFP

Thousands of South Africans scream with joy, dance and sing at OR Tambo airport near Johannesburg as the Springboks Rugby World Cup winners returned home.

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South Africa’s Springboks return home after Rugby World Cup triumph | AFP

Thousands of South Africans welcome Springboks players at O.R. Tambo airport near Johannesburg as the Rugby World Cup champions return home. 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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South Africans remember ‘White Zulu’ Johnny Clegg | AFP

South Africans pay tribute to legendary singer Johnny Clegg who dies after a long battle with cancer. Clegg blended Zulu rhythms with Western styles and defied apartheid segregation laws.

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Unemployment frustrates South Africa’s educated graduates

A quarter of a century into democracy and South Africans, even highly skilled individuals, are finding it hard to get jobs. Officially 27.1 percent of the country’s employable people are jobless, with the youth unemployment rate hovering at 53 percent, ranked among the highest in the world. With national elections upcoming, some feel like they have been duped into believing education is the answer to their poverty.

S.Africa’s black majority battles apartheid urban planning

Twenty-four years after apartheid, land ownership remains a sensitive subject in South Africa. A mostly white minority live close to central business districts, while the majority of black South Africans live in informal settlements on the outskirts, which keep growing. A group of 300 illegal building occupants in the heart of Cape Town are taking matters into their own hands.

South Africans hail Winnie Mandela’s fight for women

South Africans praise Winnie Mandela’s fight for women and young people as thousands of mourners flock to the heart of Soweto township, a centre of anti-apartheid resistance, to pay tribute to Nelson Mandela’s former wife and struggle hero.

South Africans celebrate centenary of Mandela’s birth

South Africa’s ruling ANC party celebrates the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth at a rally where president-in-waiting Cyril Ramaphosa speaks as the deadlocked effort to oust scandal-tainted President Jacob Zuma grinds on.

Researchers in S.Africa look at pangolins and climate change

Pangolins are said to be the world’s most trafficked mammal. They are both nocturnal and notoriously shy which makes them incredibly difficult to research, but a small group of South Africans have undertaken this mammoth task. Based in the Kalahari Dessert, PhD Candidate Wendy Panaino is trying to establish the impact of global warming on African ground pangolins in their natural habitat.