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Prisoners on board the Neptune included Irish nationalist John Mitchell, who preached social revolution in Ireland during the Famine. He later became a proponent of slavery in America and supported the Confederate States  during the American Civil War. Photograph: Wikicommons

Towards the end of 1847, the worst year of the Great Irish Famine known as “Black 47”, an exhibition opened at the Rotunda in Dublin depicting the Bos(...)

South Africa’s new president Cyril Ramaphosa is sworn into office after being elected at the parliament in Cape Town on Thursday. Photograph:  Mike Hutchings/AFP/Getty Images

Cyril Ramaphosa, the African National Congress’s recently elected leader, has become South Africa’s new president following Jacob Zuma’s resignation f(...)

 A resident of the Masiphumelele informal settlement collects drinking water from a communal municipal tap in Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Nic Bothma/EPA

A drought in three South African provinces that is threatening to leave Cape Town residential areas without any municipally-supplied water has been de(...)

Botswana Diamonds said Tuesday it is commencing work on a joint venture with Sunland Minerals. Photograph: iStock

Botswana Diamonds is starting another phase of work to identify drill targets in a joint venture in the Central Kalahari Game Reserve. Founded by ex(...)

Torn African National Congress  election poster bearing the face of ANC president Jacob Zuma. Photograph: Kim Ludbrook

Members of the African National Congress’s top decision-making body remained locked in a meeting on Monday night convened to resolve the political fut(...)

President Jacob Zuma leaves Tuynhuys, the office of the presidency in Cape Town, SA, February 7, 2018. Photograph: Reuters/Sumaya Hisham

A meeting of African National Congress leaders on Monday will finalise the ruling party’s exit talks with South African president Jacob Zuma, who stan(...)

Ryanair will host roadshows in Johannesburg and Cape Town later this month. Photograph:  Niall Carson/PA Wire

Ryanair is starting a recruitment drive for pilots in South Africa as the budget airline seeks crew to helm its expanding fleet of jets. The Irish c(...)

Gary Thornton finishes the Cape Town marathon.

Gary Thornton will be back in the classroom at Claddagh National School in Galway on Friday morning, limping slightly, still a little tired and hungry(...)

Cyril Ramaphosa, ANC leader and South Africa’s deputy president: will be the ANC’s candidate for the presidency in the next election. Photograph: Simon Dawson/Bloomberg

African National Congress leader Cyril Ramaphosa has described talks with South African president Jacob Zuma as “constructive”, as the nation holds it(...)

People queue to collect water from a spring in the Newlands suburb in January as fears over the city’s water crisis grow in Cape Town, South Africa. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

Cape Town’s water crisis has eased slightly following a reduction in consumption by residents and local farmers. Last month officials of the South Af(...)

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