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

Cape Town’s municipal water supply is unlikely to run out in 2018 if the city’s current consumption rates remain steady and rainfall this winter mirro(...)

 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(...)

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(...)

South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa: The  930 voting delegates   from branches that did not finalise their nominations   on time could change the shape of the ANC leadership race. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

South Africa’s deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa appears to have an early lead in the race to become the next president of the ruling African National (...)

Western Cape premier Helen Zille, who will face disciplinary proceedings by her political party, Democratic Alliance, on Friday over tweets she made about colonialism. Photograph: Schalk van Zuydam/AP

Western Cape premier Helen Zille, a former leader of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance (DA), will face disciplinary proceedings on Friday over tweets(...)

CJ Stander and Jean Kleyn stand shoulder to shoulder with their Munster team-mates. Photograph: James Crombie/Inpho

The clearest evidence of an ever-deepening crisis in South African rugby was Rassie Erasmus being allowed to escape a crumbling Springbok regime to co(...)

Alcohol consumption and speeding are two of the major contributors to road traffic deaths on South Africa’s roads

The captivating beauty of the landscape through which South Africa’s N2 highway winds its way from Cape Town in the Western Cape to Durban in KwaZulu(...)

South African deputy president and  African National Congress deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa. Photograph: GIanluigi Guercia/AFP/Getty Images

South Africans cast their votes in local elections on Wednesday and if the opinion polls can be relied upon, the African National Congress’s control o(...)

Welsh and Irish fans show the tension of the last moments of the drawn Six Nations game in the Palace Bar, Dublin. Photograph: Cyril Byrne/The Irish Times

The four proud provinces of Ireland were “together standing tall”, as is now usual. But in a twist unforeseen by Phil Coulter’s rugby anthem, it was a(...)

Two people including an Irish woman lost their lives when the yacht they were sailing on ran aground between Bokpunt and Gansekraal. Photograph:NSRI South Africa

An Irish woman has died after the yacht in which she was travelling hit rocks off the coast of South Africa on Monday. The 49-year-old woman and a 6(...)

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