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Michael Harmel, Ray Harmel and Barbara Harmel with  Arthur Harmel (in  rear) courtesy of Lisa Lamb and the University of the Witwatersrand

A bulging file in the UK National Archives contains details on three refugees from South Africa who fled to Botswana, then Bechuanaland, in early 1963(...)

 South Africa’s then president Nelson Mandela  with deputy president FW de Klerk in April 1996 at an event to mark the second anniversary of all race elections, which ended whites-only rule.  Photograph:  Walter Dhladhla/AFP via Getty Images

South Africa’s last white president, FW de Klerk, who negotiated the end of white minority rule and a peaceful transfer of power to a black-led govern(...)

The death has occurred in Johannesburg of Mr John Keane, father of the African National Congress candidate, Susan Keane, who was killed in a bomb blas(...)

Winston Churchill: A characteristic of lustful leaders is insatiability. Churchill, commenting in 1938 on the rise of Adolf Hitler, said the appetite often “grows with eating”. Photograph:  Capt Horton/Imperial War Museums

Liz Herring was a driven debater. At school, she carted around a metal box of index cards so she could swot up on topics between classes. A debate tea(...)

South African rugby fans great the team on their national  tour with the Webb Ellis Cup in Pretoria on Thursday. Photograph: Mike Hutchings/Reuters

As South Africans waited for their Rugby World Cup-winning team to bring the trophy home this week, many were pondering a question that goes beyond sp(...)

Chester Williams of South Africa breaks away from Felipe Contepomi of Argentina  during a Test match in Buenos Aires on November 12th, 2000. Photograph: Fabian Gredillas/AFP/Getty Images

Chester Williams Born: August 8th, 1970 Died: September 6th, 2019 In 1994, one year after he had won his first cap for South Africa and become only t(...)

Frank Gormley outside the Rainbow Academy, CBD, Cape Town: ‘I’m an entrepreneur, so I would love to build the first hotel in one of the townships here.’

Originally from Dublin, via Leitrim and Wexford, entrepreneur Frank Gormley first landed on South African shores in 1997 to follow the Great Britain a(...)

Supporters of the ruling African National Congress (ANC) in Cape Town, ahead of the general elections. Photograph: Rodger Bosch / AFP

Clad in an African National Congress (ANC)-branded T-shirt fully buttoned up to protect against the cold, Ace Magashule, the secretary general of Sout(...)

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(...)

Members of All Together in Dignity Ireland walk through the Famine Statues as part of a commemoration of 100th anniversary of the birth of Nelson Mandela. Photograph: Tom Honan

A small group of activists marked the centenary of Nelson Mandela’s birth in a march from the Famine Memorial in Dublin city centre on Wednesday. St(...)

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