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South African president Cyril Ramaphosa: as coronavirus tally rose 218 cases in 24 hours, he said, “We fear that it might rise much further than that.”  Photograph:  Phill Magakoe

The number of confirmed coronavirus cases in South Africa has risen to more than 900 on the eve of an unprecedented lockdown being implemented by the (...)

A customer wearing a mask against the spread of the COVID-19 coronavirus outside Makro in Pretoria East. Photograph: Phill Magakoe/AFP via Getty

South Africa’s health minister has said it will take time for the country’s looming lockdown to curb the spread of coronavirus, with infection numbers(...)

People  wait at OR Tambo International Airport in Johannesburg on Friday. Photograph: Siphiwe Sibeko/Reuters

The man behind me in the British Airways queue to board the Johannesburg-Heathrow flight on Saturday evening was shouting. “Stop talking!” he was repe(...)

Zimbabwean president Emmerson Mnangagwa: his government’s attempts to alleviate the food crisis have had limited success. File photograph: Aaron Ufumeli/EPA

Zimbabwe’s worst food crisis in living memory has deepened significantly in recent months despite an influx of international aid and government effort(...)

Customers shop for hand sanitisers at a store in Johannesburg on Friday following the government announcement   of the first confirmed case of Covid-19 in South Africa. Photograph: Michele Spatari/AFP

South Africa’s first confirmed case of coronavirus has sparked fears that it could be harder hit by the disease than many countries because of its hig(...)

Lesotho prime minister Thomas Thabane and his wife, Maesaiah. Photograph: Samson Motikoe/AFP via Getty

Lesotho’s high court has been asked to decide whether prime minister Thomas Thabane can be charged with the 2017 murder of his estranged wife while he(...)

A Tullow Oil facility in Kenya.

Tullow Oil is working on restructuring plans to shave $20 million (€18.2 million) of annual costs, which is set to involve the explorer cutting a thir(...)

Liezl-Maret Livingstone: ‘I love that the idea of family is quite strong here and of course the nature in Ireland is amazing.’ Photograph: Dara Mac Dónaill

Liezl-Maret Livingstone knew from the very first moment her fingers touched the keys of a piano that she wanted to dedicate her life to music. Aged fo(...)

South Africa captain Quinton de Kock after scoring a century against England at Newlands Cricket Stadium in Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph:  Ashley Vlotman/Gallo Images/Getty Images

Captain Quinton de Kock smashed a sparkling century as South Africa eased to a seven-wicket victory against world champions England in an opening one-(...)

Northern Ireland’s  Graeme McDowell  on the 18th green during the final day of  the Saudi International. Photograph:   Andrew Redington/via Getty Images

The redeye flight out of Jeddah took Graeme McDowell back to the US with a new set of goals. On an upward trend this past year, the 40-year-old Northe(...)

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