Semenya switches to 200m in Tokyo Olympics bid
16 March 2020 | 2:06 pm
South African middle distance athlete Caster Semenya is aiming to run in the 200 metres at the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, competing over a distance that would allow her to avoid World Athletics regulations limiting her testosterone levels.
22 Jul 2020
He was the last remaining survivor of the historic Rivonia Trial that sentenced activists like Nelson Mandela to life imprisonment. His death signaled "the end of a generational history," said President Ramaphosa.
13 Sep 2020
Dozens of activists from South Africa's radical leftwing Economic Freedom Fighters (EFF) party picket outside stores of a leading retail pharmacy on Monday over a controversial "racist" hair advertisement which described black hair as "dull" and white hair as "normal". The company, which boasts of more than 500 branches across South Africa has apologised and pulled down the adverts. The EFF wants the chain shut for five days.
17 Sep 2020
South Africa's President Cyril Ramaphosa said Wednesday that borders will reopen to most countries next month as the country further eases anti-coronavirus measures. The continent's most industrialized economy shuttered its borders at the start of a strict lockdown on March 27 to limit the spread of the virus.
3 Feb 2021
Poaching figures dropped by a third in 2020, with South Africa's environmental ministry citing the coronavirus lockdown as a significant reason for this. The country is home to 80% of the world's rhinoceroses.
7 Feb 2021
Volunteers begin distributing Covid tests door-to-door as health officials increase testing in eight areas across England where nearly a dozen South African Covid-19 variant cases have been identified in the last week. The 11 cases could not be linked to international travel, sparking concerns of localised transmission of the highly transmissible coronavirus variant.
3 Mar 2021
Offering a fresh, distinctive flavour and strong South African identity, wines produced in the vineyards of the Hemel en Aarde valley are proving popular with wine lovers near and far, despite restrictions on the sale of alcohol in South Africa due to the coronavirus pandemic.
14 Mar 2021
It is not known how many of the reptiles remain at large. So far, 27 have been captured after they escaped from a commercial breeding farm earlier this week.
2 Apr 2021
The pandemic has transformed way we consume and experience fashion. The latest Paris Fashion Week was entirely digital. For the first time in the event's history, proceedings kicked off with the work of students from the Paris-based French Institute of Fashion (IFM), who see their creations through the prism of cultural and political significance. Meanwhile in Johannesburg, South African designer Thebe Magugu is dedicated to reviving the "blaxploitation" cultural movement of the 1970s.
11 Apr 2021
South African University bosses say that there's little chance that student debt could ever be written off. As the cost of edcation in the country mounts, so does frustration. Scotland's University of Aberdeen will give back a looted sculpture to Nigeria. And the Black Mambas are a pioneering all female, Morrocan American football team giving it their all on the pitch.
20 May 2021
South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tells FRANCE 24 that the situation in Gaza reminds him of the apartheid era in his own country, with Israeli actions against the Palestinians evocative of an apartheid state. He said South Africa stands by the Palestinians but urged both sides to sit down and negotiate as was done in South Africa in the early 1990s.
20 May 2021
South African NGO helps youth through weightlifting.
14 Jul 2021
Walking among the remains of her shop, which was looted during unrest in South Africa, Thandi Johnson says that she has "nothing left", despite troops being deployed in an attempt to prevent the destruction caused by thousands on the streets. The unrest erupted on the 9th of July after ex-president Jacob Zuma started serving a 15-month term for snubbing a probe into the corruption that stained his nine years in power.
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