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South Africa falls into second recession in a decade

South Africa has fallen into recession for the first time in eight years after economic growth shrank by 0.7% between January and March. The downturn, due to weak manufacturing and trade, follows a 0.3% fall in GDP in the final quarter last year. It is the first time that economic …

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South African president denies owning $25m ‘palace’ in Dubai

South African President Jacob Zuma has denied owning a “palace” in the United Arab Emirates, his office said on Sunday, after local media reported that an influential family bought him a home in the wealthy Gulf state. Graft accusations in more than 100,000 leaked documents and e-mails last week heaped …

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South African trade union bans Jacob Zuma from attending its meetings

The Congress of South African Trade Unions (COSATU) has issued a communique stating that the country’s president Jacob Zuma will no longer be welcome to address its initiatives. Cosatu secretary-general Bheki Ntshalintshali said the decision was taken during a meeting on Tuesday and that they will officially communicate this to …

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South Africa: Court orders President Jacob Zuma to explain reason for cabinet reshuffle

The North Gauteng High Court in Pretoria on Thursday ruled that Jacob Zuma should explain the reason for his March 30 cabinet reshuffle that created a lot of furore. This ruling was as a result of a legal action filed in April by the opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) party against …

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Thousands urge South Africa’s President Zuma to quit

Thousands of demonstrators gathered in the South African capital Pretoria on Wednesday for further protests urging President Jacob Zuma to step down. The march to Union Buildings, the official seat of government, was organised by a coalition of opposition parties following nationwide rallies against Zuma last week. Zuma’s recent sacking …

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South Africa mourns its ‘First Lady,’ who outlived medical predictions

Ontlametse Phalatse, an 18-year-old South African lady with a rare genetic disorder that caused her to age rapidly has died at a hospital outside of the capital Pretoria. She was the first South African to be diagnosed with Progeria – a rare abnormality marked by premature aging (grey hair and …

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