Zimbabwe’s former vice-president Joice Mujuru, who has denied plotting against  the country’s president and her party leader, Robert Mugabe. Photograph: EPA

Zimbabwe’s president, Robert Mugabe, has appointed justice minister Emmerson Mnangagwa as the country’s first vice-president, placing him in poll pos(...)

Children from the Zip Zap circus school prepare ahead of a World Aids Day concert in Khayelitsha, South Africa. Today is the first anniversary of Nelson Mandela’s death. Photograph: Nic Bothma

In the emotion-filled days that followed former South African president Nelson Mandela’s death a year ago today, the African National Congress party v(...)

Kenyan men work  on a road being built by China Wuyi, a Chinese state company: China has played a crucial role in Africa’s economic development over the past 15 years. Photograph: Antony Njuguna/Reuters

The crucial role China has played in Africa’s economic development over the past 15 years has become so pronounced that western countries now see it a(...)

 Joyce Mujuru: Until recently she was considered the leading contender to take over from Robert Mugabe. Photograph: Getty Images)

Zimbabwean vice-president Joyce Mujuru’s chances of becoming the country’s next leader have been dealt a significant blow by the ruling Zanu-PF par(...)

Internal party pressure is mounting on South Africa’s president Jacob Zuma to reimburse the taxpayer for non-security upgrades made to his rural hom(...)

Mr Higgins and his wife Sabina were given a first-hand account of the methods employed by the apartheid government to break and divide inmates on Robben Island by prisoner turned tour guide Thulani Mabaso. Photograph: Chris Bellew / Fennell Photography 2014

Visiting Robben Island is essential to understanding the level of sacrifice made by the people who defeated apartheid in South Africa, President Micha(...)

President Michael D Higgins delivering the keynote address “On International Human Rights and Global Development” at the University of Witswatersrand, Johannesburg, yesterday. Photograph: Fennell Photography

President Michael D Higgins has come close to challenging the Government on the issue of direct provision for asylum seekers. Speaking to a gro(...)

 President Michael D Higgins with  South African president  Jacob Zuma at the Union Buildings in Pretoria yesterday. Photograph: Chris Bellew/Fennell Photography

Gender-based violence is one of greatest challenges facing South Africa today and it needs to be rooted out of local cultures, President Michael D Hig(...)

hildren in an Oranjekloof School classroom in Hout Bay, Cape Town. Photograph: Rogan Ward

Despite losing an estimated €150 million in the Irish property crash, philanthropist Niall Mellon says he is committed to continuing with his chari(...)

President Michael D Higgins at the University of Johannesburg, Soweto Campus, yesterday, where he delivered the keynote address, Challenges and Opportunites in Africa, on the 16th day of his 22-day official visit to Ethiopia, Malawi and South Africa. Photograph:  Chris Bellew/Fennell

Poverty reduction must become a central plank of the policies African governments implement in the coming years to transform their economies into en(...)