According to crop modelling, which helps to estimate yields when certain weather and soil conditions are applied, drought will decimate staple foods under a low mitigation future, especially important ones such as maize

When world leaders begin negotiating a new climate deal in Paris at the end of the month, a new study showing Africa’s temperatures have risen at twic(...)

South Africa’s former president Kgalema Motlanthe in December 2005, when he was general secretary of the African National Congress. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP

Former South African president Kgalema Motlanthe has given a highly critical assessment of the ruling African National Congress party’s current crop o(...)

John and Lynette Rodgers, from Holywood in Co Down, are understood to have drowned while visiting Plettenberg Bay as part of their honeymoon. Photograph: Caroline Smyth Photography/PA Wire.

Postmortems on the remains of a newly-wed couple from Northern Ireland who drowned on Friday while on honeymoon in South Africa are expected to take p(...)

Students outside  Union Buildings in Pretoria: On Wednesday 29 students were arrested after protesters stormed parliament during a budget speech. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

South African president Jacob Zuma has backed down over increasing third level tuition fees next year following a week of protests that culminated on (...)

Some of the thousands of students from Wits University in Johannesburg demonstrate during another day of protest against fee increases. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma is to meet student leaders and university officials today in a bid to end a week of protests over proposed fee inc(...)

Pistorius family spokeswoman Anneliese Burgess speaking to   media outside the home of Oscar Pistorius’s uncle, Arthur, where the athlete is to live under house arrest. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook/EPA

Prison authorities in South Africa have denied that Oscar Pistorius’s early release from prison on Monday evening amounted to the Paralympian receiv(...)

South African president and ruling party African National Congress (ANC) president Jacob Zuma  at ANC’s 4th National General Council. Photograph: Gianluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

A drastic drop in paid-up members, corruption and how to tackle it, and President Jacob Zuma’s decision to not stand for another term as party leader (...)

A member of the South African police force arrests a man in a protest against the lack of policing in Masiphumelele, Cape Town. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

An increase in serious violent crimes for a third successive year has heaped pressure on South Africa’s beleaguered national police commissioner, Riah(...)

 Hand of friendship: South African president Jacob Zuma with Chinese president Xi Jinping on a recent visit to  Beijing. Photograph: EPA/Lintao Zhang/Pool

South Africa’s ruling African National Congress party appears intent on adopting a pro-Chinese anti-western approach to its foreign policy in the year(...)

Sudan’s president Omar al-Bashir: Attended a meeting of the African Union in Johannesburg in June. Photograph: Mohamed Nureldin Abdallah/Reuters

South Africa’s high court yesterday refused the government leave to appeal its recent court ruling that it acted unconstitutionally by not arresting S(...)