South African president Cyril Ramaphosa: after appointment, he was criticised for not immediately dealing with high-level graft. Photograph: Nic Bothma

South Africa’s new president has managed to keep his promise to tackle government and public sector corruption since coming to power, overcoming the r(...)

 Siya Kolisi became the first black player to lead South Africa out for a full test. Photograph: David Rogers/Getty Images

There are people who believe Nelson Mandela died years before he really did, who swear they remember reading about his funeral in the 1980s, hearing i(...)

South African president Cyril Ramaphosa.

South Africa’s government will eradicate corruption as it seeks to improve the country’s image abroad and attract more foreign investment, president C(...)

First lady Melania Trump on a safari at Nairobi National Park in  Kenya. Photograph: Doug Mills/The New York Times

Melania Trump has prompted consternation, some anger and much derision by choosing a pith helmet – a symbol of colonial rule across Africa – as headwe(...)

ITaoiseach Leo Varadkar arrives for the informal meeting of European Union leaders in Salzburg, Austria, on September 20th, 2018. Photograph: Lisi Niesner/Reuters

Taoiseach Leo Varadkar will deliver a speech on Monday to more than 70 heads of state at the Nelson Mandela Peace Summit in New York. The event is t(...)

South Africa’s president Cyril Ramaphosa gives a press conference outlining measures to stimulate the economy. The package places an investment focus on agriculture and rural economies. Photograph: Phill Magakoe / AFP/Getty Images

South Africa’s president, Cyril Ramaphosa, has announced a wide-ranging economic stimulus package that includes a 400 billion rand (€24 billion) infra(...)

President Donald Trump speaks White House in Washington on  Wednesday. Photograph: Andrew Harnik/AP

US President Donald Trump said on Wednesday night he had asked Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to study South African “land and farm seizures” and “kil(...)

Supporters celebrate after Zimbabwe’s president Emmerson Mnangagwa was declared the winner in the country’s landmark election, in the Harare suburb of Mbare on Friday. Photograph: Luis Tato/AFP/Getty Images

Zimbabwe’s opposition alliance vowed on Friday to legally challenge the disputed election results that saw the ruling Zanu-PF party hold on to power(...)

Zulu king Goodwill  Zwelithini greets ANC president Cyril Ramaphosa in January  2018 in KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. File photograph: Jabulani Langa/Daily Sun/Gallo Images/Getty Images

A Zulu king’s threat to undermine the chances of the African National Congress (ANC) at next year’s election has led the ruling party to exempt tribal(...)

Former South African minister for finance Trevor Manuel opening a Nelson Mandela exhibition at Kilmainham Gaol in Dublin. Photograph: Lafayette Photography

“It’s about creating channels of communication,” Trevor Manuel explained of his visit to Ireland. The former South African anti-apartheid finance mini(...)

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