South Africa: Ramaphosa’s state of the nation speech delayed by protests
14 February 2020 | 2:30 pm
South Africa is in for more power cuts, says President Cyril Ramaphosa in his state of the nation address. The speech gets off to a tough start as he's heckled by the opposition before he delivers the gloomy news. Also, DR Congo's former spy boss is reportedly briefly held after returning from Ethiopia. Kalev Mutondo was the head of the Congolese National Intelligence Agency under former leader Joseph Kabila until he was fired by the new president last year. And finally, in a bid to be more environmentally friendly, more South African surfers are ditching the fibreglass for wooden surfboards.
Overgrazing of grasslands on the lower slopes of the Drakensberg escarpment is degrading the land. Two women run a group that promotes measures to restore the ecosystem, which is key to South Africa's water resources.
The High Court in South Africa has ruled that the former president be allowed to appeal a decision setting aside medical parole. Last week it was decided he should return to jail.
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The green, fertile hills of eastern Congo are as beautiful as they are dangerous. This no-man's land is also home to militia woman Mama Faida. She carries a rusty AK-47 and bears the scars of brutal conflict. But she hopes her children have a brighter future ahead.
South Africa's trailblazing constitution protects LGTB people, but 25 years on, social attitudes have yet to catch up: A survey by the rights group "Out" revealed that half of black respondents knew someone who had been killed because of their sexual orientation.
One of South Africa's giants in the fight against the apartheid regime in the 20th century, Desmond Tutu remained a critical voice in the country's politics throughout his life.
Flags across the country will be flying at half-staff this week as South Africa prepares to say goodbye to the late archbishop and anti-apartheid activist Desmond Tutu.
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