Reopening of churches: South Africa’s opposition says ‘It’s a trap’

Posted by - May 29, 2020

South Africa’s firebrand opposition politician, Julius Malema, has urged people not to fall for the “trap” of going to church, saying they will die after contracting coronavirus. Places of worship are set to reopen from 1 June after President Cyril Ramaphosa announced easing of lockdown restrictions to level three – but only 50 or less

South African smokers frown at cigarette ban

Posted by - May 26, 2020

The illicit trade in cigarettes in South Africa is now in full swing after the sale of tobacco was banned at the end of March as part of strict measures imposed to slow the spread of coronavirus, as the BBC’s Pumza Fihlani reports. Whereas once, Michelle (not real name) could go to her local shop

COVID-19: South Africa allows cigarette sales as lockdown restrictions eased

Posted by - April 25, 2020

South Africa has announced an easing of some lockdown restrictions beginning next month, citing economic concerns. But President Cyril Ramaphosa warned that most people should remain at home, public gatherings remain banned, and the country’s borders will stay closed. From 1 May, some businesses will be allowed to reopen, and a third of their employees

COVID-19: South Africa Begins Mass Screening

Posted by - March 31, 2020

South Africa’s President, Cyril Ramaphosa, has launched a mass screening programme for coronavirus. On Monday evening, the president said 10,000 field workers would be visiting homes to screen people – and those found with symptoms would be quarantined either in their homes or in hospitals. Mr Ramaphosa said the programme was a “new phase” in

‘Murderer in the House’: South African President’s Address Disrupted

Posted by - February 14, 2020

South Africa’s far-left Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) legislators yesterday had a protest inside Parliament, forcing President Cyril Ramaphosa to abandon his annual state of the nation address for a while. Speaker Thandi Modise on Thursday temporarily suspended proceedings, telling the EFF leaders: “When you think you have unlimited freedom of speech to infringe on the rights of

South Africa’s president: Zuma’s former wife emerges top contender

Posted by - December 13, 2017

Mrs Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, estranged wife of South African President, has assumed one of the two front runners for the presidency. The 68-year-old is vying to succeed her ex-husband, President Jacob Zuma, as leader of the ruling African National Congress at a party vote this weekend. She is a fierce campaigner against racial inequality whose hostility