South Africa - the best personalized free web-based Email en en South Africa Bird-riding loses luster in South Africa's ostrich capital JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Clambering onto an ostrich for a ride used to be popular among tourists in a South African town known as the "ostrich capital of the world." Not so much anymore. Two major ostrich farms in the Oudtshoorn area have stopped offering ostrich rides to tourists, responding to concerns from European clients and others about the birds' welfare. A third farm is s... Mon, 22 May 2017 16:10:00 GMT 2017-05-22T16:10:00Z Chevrolet to pull out of India, South Africa DETROIT (AP) — General Motors Co. is pulling its Chevrolet brand out of India, South Africa and East Africa by the end of this year. The company will retain its assembly plant in India but will only make vehicles for export. It is selling a plant in South Africa to Isuzu Motors. GM says the changes will save the company $100 million per... Thu, 18 May 2017 12:08:00 GMT 2017-05-18T12:08:00Z South African opposition wants secret ballot on Zuma vote JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's political opposition on Monday mounted its latest challenge to President Jacob Zuma, saying in court that a parliamentary vote of no confidence should be by secret ballot. Opposition lawyers argued for the measure at the Constitutional Court in the belief that disgruntled lawmakers in the ruling party could turn against ... Mon, 15 May 2017 11:07:00 GMT 2017-05-15T11:07:00Z Lutherans mark 500th anniversary of Reformation in Namibia JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Thousands of members of the Lutheran church have gathered at a stadium in Namibia to mark the 500th anniversary of the Reformation. The commemoration occurred Sunday during an assembly of the Lutheran World Federation, which represents tens of millions of people around the world. The stadium where the commemoration h... Sun, 14 May 2017 15:46:00 GMT 2017-05-14T15:46:00Z Nigerian archbishop Filibus elected head of Lutheran church JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A Nigerian archbishop has become president of the Lutheran church. Archbishop Musa Panti Filibus was elected as head of the Lutheran World Federation on Saturday at an assembly held in Windhoek, the capital of Namibia. Filibus, 57, is the second church leader from Africa to lead the Lutheran federation since it was f... Sat, 13 May 2017 22:00:00 GMT 2017-05-13T22:00:00Z Scientists in South Africa reveal more on human-like species JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A species belonging to the human family tree whose remnants were first discovered in a South African cave in 2013 lived several hundred thousand years ago, indicating that the creature was alive at the same time as early humans in Africa, scientists said Tuesday. A meticulous dating process showed that Homo naledi (nah-LEH-dee), which ... Tue, 09 May 2017 16:42:00 GMT 2017-05-09T16:42:00Z Rioters and police clash in Johannesburg protest JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Violent protests have erupted in South Africa's biggest city for a second day, with police firing rubber bullets at demonstrators who blocked roads and burned tires. The riot Tuesday in the Ennerdale neighborhood in southern Johannesburg followed similar unrest a day earlier in the nearby Eldorado Park area. In both cases, protesters have been demanding h... Tue, 09 May 2017 16:35:00 GMT 2017-05-09T16:35:00Z South African wildlife officials locate escaped lions JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Officials in South Africa are rounding up five male lions that escaped from Kruger National Park, the country's biggest wildlife reserve. The national parks service said on Twitter on Tuesday that teams had darted two of the lions, and the remaining escapees had been spotted. The service believes a dominant pride had chased the lions out of the park. ... Tue, 09 May 2017 14:29:00 GMT 2017-05-09T14:29:00Z South African police fire rubber bullets to quell riot JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African police have fired rubber bullets at rioters in a poor Johannesburg neighborhood who are demanding housing and other government services. The violence erupted Monday in Eldorado Park when protesters blocked roads with rocks and burning tires. Police Minister Fikile Mbalula says protesters have the right ... Mon, 08 May 2017 16:19:00 GMT 2017-05-08T16:19:00Z In South Africa, farmers get bail in racially sensitive case JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Two South African white farmers who are accused of murdering a black teen-ager were granted bail in the racially sensitive case. Angry protesters demonstrated outside the courthouse during the hearing Monday for the suspects in the rural town of Coligny in North West province. A house was set on fire after the two men were granted bail of $370 each. ... Mon, 08 May 2017 14:44:00 GMT 2017-05-08T14:44:00Z South African president asks for help finding UNICEF worker JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president is appealing to the public for any information about a New York-based UNICEF official who was reported missing after going for a mountain hike in Cape Town. The office of President Jacob Zuma said Monday that Charlotte Nikoi, a Ghanaian citizen, arrived in Cape Town on March 17 to celebrate her wedding annivers... Mon, 08 May 2017 09:46:00 GMT 2017-05-08T09:46:00Z Priyanka Chopra dismayed by child sexual abuse in Zimbabwe JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Actress Priyanka Chopra says she is dismayed by the level of sexual violence against children in Zimbabwe, with government officials there telling her many young girls are "asking for it." Chopra spoke to The Associated Press on Saturday after visiting the southern African country as a UNICEF goodwill ambassador. She said it was "an ey... Sat, 06 May 2017 18:09:00 GMT 2017-05-06T18:09:00Z 3 former South African leaders join to criticize Zuma JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Three former South African heads of state teamed up for the first time Friday to criticize President Jacob Zuma, who faces growing calls to step down after a series of corruption scandals. Thabo Mbeki, F.W. de Klerk and Kgalema Motlanthe spoke in Johannesburg, representing both the country's last leader under white minority rule and th... Fri, 05 May 2017 12:11:00 GMT 2017-05-05T12:11:00Z Sibanye Gold expands platinum holdings with US acquisition HELENA, Mont. (AP) — A South African gold mining company completed a $2.2 billion purchase of the only U.S. producer of platinum and palladium on Thursday, its third such acquisition in the past year as the company looks to expand its precious metals holdings. Sibanye Gold Limited's merger with Littleton, Colorado-based Stillwater Mining Co. on Thursday p... Thu, 04 May 2017 22:03:00 GMT 2017-05-04T22:03:00Z Africa's inequality stifles growth, says report JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Africa is experiencing higher levels of poverty than previously thought because decades of economic growth have only benefited a small wealthy elite, says a report released by the British aid group Oxfam at the World Economic Forum Africa which started in South Africa's coastal city of Durban on Wednesday. Inequality is rife in Africa,... Wed, 03 May 2017 13:10:00 GMT 2017-05-03T13:10:00Z South African president jeered at May Day rally JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African President Jacob Zuma was jeered by labor unionists and his speech was cancelled after scuffles broke out between his supporters and workers chanting for him to step down at a May Day rally on Monday. Zuma, who is facing calls to resign after a string of scandals, was expected to call for unity between his ruling party, th... Mon, 01 May 2017 15:21:00 GMT 2017-05-01T15:21:00Z 'Apartheid' furor comes amid 50 years of Israeli occupation AMMAN, Jordan (AP) — Labeling Israel's treatment of Palestinians as "apartheid" is like flinging a burning match into spilled gasoline — so combustible are the passions on both sides. Rima Khalaf did just that when a report commissioned by her U.N. agency at the request of 18 Arab member states accused Israel of having established an apartheid regime designed to dominate the... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 17:59:00 GMT 2017-04-28T17:59:00Z South African musician Johnny Clegg to go on farewell tour JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African musician Johnny Clegg, who blended Western pop and Zulu rhythms in multi-racial bands during white minority rule, will embark this year on his last tour. Clegg, who had chemotherapy after being diagnosed with cancer in 2015, plans four shows in South Africa starting July 1 and will perform in London on Aug. 19 and in Dubai on Sept. 20. More ... Fri, 28 Apr 2017 12:39:00 GMT 2017-04-28T12:39:00Z Strike ends at South African Airways after court ruling JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African Airways says cabin crewmembers whose strike forced some flight cancellations have returned to work after a court order. The financially struggling airline said Thursday that it hopes for a negotiated solution to the dispute with the South African Cabin Crew Association, a labor union whose members went on strike Wednesday to demand higher me... Thu, 27 Apr 2017 11:55:00 GMT 2017-04-27T11:55:00Z Strike forces South African Airways to cancel 32 flights JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South African Airways on Wednesday cancelled nearly three dozen flights, most of them domestic, because of a strike by some cabin crew. The national carrier doesn't have enough crewmembers to operate all its flights and is working to help passengers affected by cancellations and delays, the airline said. It said 32 flights, including 28 domestic ones, wer... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 14:51:00 GMT 2017-04-26T14:51:00Z Correction: Africa-Malaria Vaccine story JOHANNESBURG (AP) — In a story April 24 about tests in Africa for a malaria vaccine, The Associated Press reported erroneously that the World Health Organization is hoping to wipe out malaria by 2040. In fact, WHO wants to reduce malaria mortality rates by at least 90 percent by 2030. A corrected version of the story is below: 3 African countries chosen t... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 11:58:00 GMT 2017-04-26T11:58:00Z South African court rules against nuclear deal JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A South African court has ruled that the government plans to increase the country's reliance on nuclear power with help from Russia and other countries are unlawful. The ruling Wednesday by the Western Cape High Court followed arguments by non-governmental groups that the public had not been sufficiently consulted about the plans and that South Africa cou... Wed, 26 Apr 2017 10:08:00 GMT 2017-04-26T10:08:00Z 20 children killed when minibus hits truck in South Africa JOHANNESBURG (AP) — A minibus carrying young students collided with a truck and burst into flames in South Africa on Friday, killing about 20 children. The victims were between 5 and 10 years old, said Russel Meiring, a spokesman for paramedic company ER24. He said several children survived after being pulled from the wreckage near Bronkhorstspruit, east of the capital, Pret... Fri, 21 Apr 2017 15:27:00 GMT 2017-04-21T15:27:00Z South African opposition protests Zuma, who celebrates 75th JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Tens of thousands of South Africans on Wednesday marked the 75th birthday of President Jacob Zuma with a protest against him, pushing for his resignation because of scandals and his dismissal of a widely respected finance minister. The president, meanwhile, danced at a party where well-wishers said they loved him. The rally in the capi... Wed, 12 Apr 2017 16:40:00 GMT 2017-04-12T16:40:00Z Amnesty says Botswana executed 1 criminal in 2016 JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Amnesty International says Botswana was the only country in southern African to execute a criminal last year. The rights group, which opposes the death penalty, said in a global report Tuesday that the single execution in Botswana was the country's first since 2013. Patrick Gabaakanye, 65, was hanged in May for the 2... Tue, 11 Apr 2017 10:35:00 GMT 2017-04-11T10:35:00Z South African president accuses protesters of racism JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's black president on Monday said many white demonstrators calling for his resignation are racist, prompting critics to describe the remarks as an affront to legitimate protest. President Jacob Zuma sharply criticized multi-racial protests held Friday to express anger over presidential scandals and Zuma's dismissal of a wid... Mon, 10 Apr 2017 15:21:00 GMT 2017-04-10T15:21:00Z South Africans protest Zuma as country downgraded to junk JOHANNESBURG (AP) — Tens of thousands of South Africans demonstrated peacefully Friday in a national outpouring of anger at their scandal-tainted president, and a second agency lowered the country's credit rating to junk status a week after the firing of the respected finance minister. While concerns grew about the struggling economy and government corrup... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 14:53:00 GMT 2017-04-07T14:53:00Z Fitch downgrades South Africa's credit rating to junk status JOHANNESBURG (AP) — The Fitch agency has downgraded South Africa's credit rating to junk status, citing political turmoil and governance concerns. The downgrade on Friday followed a similar move earlier this week by the Standard & Poor's ratings agency. It came as thousands of protesters across the country called for President Jacob Zuma to resign following his dismissal of ... Fri, 07 Apr 2017 12:02:00 GMT 2017-04-07T12:02:00Z South Africa's ruling party backs embattled president JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's ruling party gave a boost to the embattled president on Wednesday, saying an opposition effort to force his resignation after he fired the finance minister would fail. Gwede Mantashe, secretary-general of the African National Congress, also said the party is "gravely concerned" about rare shows of division among top part... Wed, 05 Apr 2017 15:28:00 GMT 2017-04-05T15:28:00Z South Africa's Zuma says government disputes are damaging JOHANNESBURG (AP) — South Africa's president on Tuesday responded to the political crisis that erupted after he fired the finance minister, acknowledging that public disputes at the top of the government are a "serious weakness," while the country's biggest labor group urged him to resign. The call by the Congress of South African Trade Unions, a traditio... Tue, 04 Apr 2017 14:17:00 GMT 2017-04-04T14:17:00Z