South Africa

  • Battle from Below: The South African miners fighting climate change
    ERMELO, South Africa, September 18 (Thomson Reuters Foundation): Four nights a week, Given Zuli packs some food, meets his colleagues at the entrance of an abandoned coal mine in South Africa's eastern Mpumalanga province, and descends into the earth for up to 12 hours, chipping away at the black rock. Zuli is one of thousands of small-scale, illegal miners across South Africa - a number believed to be on the rise as unemployment spikes in a brittle economy - who make a liv
  • Mysuru zoo gets 3 cheetahs from South Africa
    Mysuru, August 19 (IANS): Sri Chamarajendra Zoological Garden in Karnataka's city of palaces got three cheetahs from South Africa's Ann Van Dyke Cheetah centre under an animal exchange programme, an official said on Wednesday. "The three cheetahs, including one male and two female African hunting cats and aged 14-16 months arrived here on Monday after they were flown to Bengaluru from Johannesburg in an air freight carrier under the international animal exchange program
  • How inequality and poverty undermined S. Africa's COVID response
    JOHANNESBURG, July 31 (Reuters): When coronavirus patients started arriving at South Africa's government-run Thelle Mogoerane Hospital, workers scrambled to set up isolation wards to treat them. They can't keep up. Video filmed inside the hospital and seen by Reuters shows patients with COVID-19, the disease caused by the new coronavirus, being treated in a general ward, separated from other patients only by curtains. "There's no space anywhere," nurse
  • South Africa 59% excess deaths imply hidden COVID-19 toll
    JOHANNESBURG, July 23 (Reuters): South Africa witnessed some 17,000 extra deaths from natural causes or 59% more than would normally be expected between early May and mid-July, scientists said, suggesting many more people are dying of COVID-19 than shown in official figures. New data by the South African Medical Research Council (SAMRC), released overnight, showed that just in the week to July 14 - the latest figures available - there was an excess of 5,022 deaths by natural ca
  • South African anti-apartheid campaigner Andrew Mlangeni dies at 95
    JOHANNESBURG, July 22 (Reuters): South African anti-apartheid campaigner Andrew Mlangeni, who was jailed alongside Nelson Mandela in 1964 after a treason trial, has died at the age of 95. Mlangeni, who spent 26 years in jail and was the last of the eight defendants in the trial to die, had been admitted to hospital following an abdominal complaint, South Africa's presidency said in a statement. President Cyril Ramaphosa, who fought with Mlangeni for racial equality and a
  • 'We are not guinea pigs,' say South African anti-vaccine protesters
    JOHANNESBURG, July 2 (Reuters): Anti-vaccine protesters took to the streets in Johannesburg on Wednesday to voice their concern over Africa's first human trials for a potential coronavirus vaccine.   Last Wednesday, the University of the Witwatersrand in partnership with Oxford University rolled out South Africa's first clinical trial, which will consist of 2,000 volunteers.   The involvement of South Africa in vaccine trials is intended to ensure the
  • Former South African president De Klerk withdraws from U.S. rights talk
    CAPE TOWN, June 21 (Reuters): South Africa's last apartheid president, F.W. de Klerk, has withdrawn from a U.S. seminar about minority rights because he did not want to embarrass himself or his hosts in the current charged racial climate, his foundation said on Sunday.   De Klerk, who was the head of South Africa's white minority government until 1994, was scheduled to speak on July 1 at an American Bar Association (ABA) virtual event on issues such as minority