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Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa

South Africa falls into second recession in a decade

South Africa has fallen into recession for the first time in eight years after economic growth shrank by 0.7% between January and March.

Helen Zille, Premier of the Western Cape

South African Opposition Suspends Ex-Leader Over Colonialism Tweets

South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance, suspended Helen Zille, its former leader and premier of the Western Cape province.

Mmusi Maimane, Leader of South Africa's Democratic Alliance (DA)

South African opposition leader says coalition will beat ANC in 2019

The leader of South Africa’s opposition Democratic Alliance, Mmusi Maimane, said on Friday it could win the 2019 election with the help of other parties as the African National Congress becomes increasingly divided under President Jacob Zuma.

Malusi Gigaba, Minister of Finance, South Africa

'No chance in hell' opposition will remove Zuma, Finance Minister says (Video)

South Africa finance minister says only ANC can decide on Zuma. Opposition parties have called for no-confidence motion.

Johannesburg Stock Exchange

The Case for Bargain Hunting in South Africa

Charles Roth, of Thornburg Investment Management, has made the case that markets have over-reacted to the recent political shake-up in South Africa, driving asset prices below their underlying value.

Zuma has survived several no-confidence votes in recent years. Credit: Rogan Ward/Reuters/Al Jazeera

S&P downgrades South Africa's credit rating to junk

Credit rating agency Standard and Poor’s (S&P) has downgraded South Africa’s rating to junk status.

President Jacob Zuma is coming under increasing pressure to step down

South Africa unions to Zuma: Time to go

South Africa’s powerful trades union federation Cosatu has called for President Jacob Zuma to step down.

Pravi Gordhan, South Africa's former Finance Minister

South Africa's President Zuma sacks Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan in major cabinet reshuffle

Major cabinet reshuffle comes as calls for South African president to quit grow.

South Africa’s former Finance Minister Pravin Gordhan (Centre) arrives at the parliament to deliver the annual budget speech in Cape Town, South Africa in February. The minister was replaced by President Jacob Zuma on March 31, 2017, as part of a cabinet shuffle that changed 10 of the country’s 35 ministers. Credit: Schalk van Zuydam/AP/The National

South Africa's President changes 10 of the country's 35 ministers in cabinet shuffle

South African president Jacob Zuma faced a widening public backlash from senior members of the ruling African National Congress including his deputy, Cyril Ramaphosa.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union

Jacob Zuma says South Africa's ruling ANC is ready for female leader

President gives huge boost to leadership ambitions of his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma with comments about his party’s succession.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union

Zuma's ex-wife given boost in South Africa leadership race

The chances of South African President Jacob Zuma’s ex-wife, Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, becoming the next leader of the African National Congress were given a boost on Saturday with the endorsement of the ruling party’s women’s division.

South Africa's Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa (L) and President Jacob Zuma listen to the national anthem at the opening of Parliament in Cape Town, South Africa February 11, 2016. Credit: Yahoo/Reuters/Mike Hutchings

South Africa's biggest union group backs Ramaphosa to succeed Zuma

Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa saw his chances of becoming South Africa’s next leader increase on Thursday.

Cyril Ramaphosa, Deputy President of South Africa

South African union backs unionist-turned-tycoon Ramaphosa as next President

South Africa‘s Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa saw his chances of becoming the country’s next leader increase on Monday when the powerful mining union he helped found before he made a fortune in business backed him to succeed President Jacob Zuma.

Nelson Mandela's first interview

Watch short video of Nelson Mandela's just released first ever interview (Videos)

The Nelson Mandela Foundation recently released video footage which is believed to be Mandela‘s earliest recorded interview.

Nicky Newton-King, CEO, Johannesburg Stock Exchange (JSE)

Johannesburg Exchange Boss Nicky Newton-King Braces for Competition

South Africa’s stock exchange is getting an upgrade. To keep up with growing competition, the Johannesburg Stock Exchange has embarked on a long-term project to gather all of its markets onto a single, faster trading platform and a new clearing system.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union

Will AU Chair Dlamini-Zuma be South Africa's next President?

African Union Commission chairperson Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma says she will step down at the end of July, fuelling speculation that she will run for president in her native South Africa in elections slated for 2019.

Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, Chair, African Union

South Africa's first female president could be president Zuma's ex-wife

The race for South Africa’s top job is heating up.

Dianne Kohler-Barnard, former member of South Africa’s Democratic Alliance

South Africa's opposition expels member Dianne Kohler-Barnard over Facebook post

South Africa’s main opposition party has expelled a prominent member for sharing a Facebook post praising an apartheid leader.

Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa

South Africa plans to leave International Criminal Court

South Africa plans to leave the International Criminal Court (ICC), a deputy minister said on Sunday, as the government faces criticism for ignoring a court order to arrest Sudan’s president earlier this year.

The Democratic Alliance wanted to show it was an inclusive party with the election of Mmusi Maimane as leader.

Is South Africa's Democratic Alliance serious about tackling racism?

South African opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) politician Dianne Kohler Barnard has been demoted after sharing a Facebook post which praised apartheid President PW Botha.

Mac Maharaj in Durban, June 2015

Full transcript: FT interview with Mac Maharaj on Mandela, Zuma and South Africa

The following is a transcript of a wide-ranging interview between Alec Russell, News Editor of the Financial Times, and Mac Maharaj, former confidant of Nelson Mandela and until recently the spin-doctor of President Jacob Zuma.

Barack Obama, President of the United States of America

Africa to Obama: Mind your own business

United States President Barack Obama is the most admired foreign leader in Africa because he has ancestral roots in our continent.

Cyril Ramaphosa

Cyril Ramaphosa tops list of candidates for next President of South Africa, according to New World Wealth survey (Infographic)

Cyril Ramaphosa, South Africa‘s current Deputy President, is the top candidate for next President of South Africa, with 71% of respondents picking him over other likely candidates.

Gloria Serobe, Founder & Executive Director, Wiphold

It's time for South African business to step up: Gloria Serobe, Founder & Executive Director, WIPHOLD

In all the discussions about who’s responsible for the woes of this country and who will lead us forward, there’s one player that seems to get a free pass.

Elsie Kanza, Senior Director & Head of Africa, World Economic Forum

Looking back to move forward: Elsie Kanza, Senior Director & Head of Africa, World Economic Forum

In 1992, one year after the end of the apartheid era in South Africa, the two leaders that would broker the country’s future trajectory appeared together at a forum in Switzerland.

South Africa looking at sale of Eskom power stations

South Africa looking at sale of Eskom power stations

South Africa is considering selling some of the state-owned power utility Eskom’s stations or an initial public offering of a portion of the cash-strapped utility’s shares, the Business Day newspaper said on Wednesday, quoting a Treasury official.

Mmusi Maimane, recently elected Party Leader of South Africa's Democratic Alliance (DA)

South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA) elects Mmusi Maimane as first black leader

South Africa’s main opposition party, the Democratic Alliance (DA), has elected its first black leader, a move the party hopes will widen its appeal. Mmusi Maimane, 34, was clear favourite to succeed outgoing leader Helen Zille.

Mmusi Maimane, Leader of the Opposition (Democratic Alliance) in South Africa's National Assembly

Could Mmusi Maimane become the first black leader of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance (DA)?

South Africa‘s official opposition, the Democratic Alliance (DA) party, is expected to elect its first black leader at a congress starting Saturday, May 9th. The election of a black leader of the DA would be a watershed moment for the predominantly white party.

Brian Molefe, the newly appointed acting chief executive officer of power utility Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd., is a former senior Treasury official. Source: Transnet SOC Ltd./Eskom Holdings SOC Ltd. via Bloomberg

South Africa Treasury ex-officials soothe investors in new roles

South Africa is increasingly turning to National Treasury officials from the country’s first decade of democratic rule to help steer key economic institutions and boost investor confidence.

Mmusi Maimane, Leader of the Opposition (Democratic Alliance) in South Africa's National Assembly and Helen Zille, Party Leader of the Democratic Alliance

Helen Zille's move opens way for black leader of South Africa's opposition Democratic Alliance

Helen Zille’s departure as head of South Africa’s main opposition party paves the way for the Democratic Alliance to choose its first black leader to draw voters away from the ruling party before next year’s municipal elections.

Helen Zille, Leader of South Africa's Democratic Alliance (DA) and Premier of the Western Cape

South Africa's opposition leader Helen Zille steps down

South Africa’s opposition leader Helen Zille announced Sunday she would step down from her position at the party congress next month.

Chris Hani was the leader of the South African Communist Party (SACP) and Chief of Staff of Umkhonto we Sizwe, the armed wing of the African National Congress (ANC)

South Africa's Rainbow Nation myth: Would Chris Hani have made a great president?

If you ask South Africans of my generation to name the most important political event of their lives, many will cite the assassination of Chris Hani.

A student passes the statue of Cecil John Rhodes at the University of Cape Town. Last week, students threw a bucket of excrement over the statue. Photograph: Schalk van Zuydam/AP

Race and South Africa: The size of an apartheid leader's statue tells you everything you need to know

What is the significance of a former statesman’s statue? This a question that has been doing the rounds in Cape Town in the last couple of weeks.

South African mercenaries are reportedly operating in Nigeria's remote north-east, fighting the Boko Haram insurgents.

Mercenaries in Africa: South Africa struggles in vain to ban soldiers of fortune

During the 1980s, Leon Lotz fought for the “Koevoet” (“crowbar” in Afrikaans), a South African apartheid-era paramilitary unit charged with rooting out nationalist guerrillas in what is now Namibia — acting as “the crowbar which prises terrorists out of the bushveld like nails from rotten wood,” in the words of South Africa’s then minister of law and order, Louis le Grange.

Jacob Zuma, President of South Africa

Why South Africa's president is right and wrong to blame apartheid for power cuts in 2015

South Africa may be entering its fifth consecutive month of power outages but that hasn’t put President Jacob Zuma above buck-passing.

Eugene de Kock

Apartheid's legacy: Dr Death and Prime Evil. When to forgive, when not to forget

Two decades into South Africa’s democracy, several of its most notorious apartheid-era killers are bidding for freedom.

President Jacob Zuma's government is under pressure to put more land in the hands of South Africa's black majority

South Africa's Jacob Zuma outlines land reform plans

Foreigners will be banned from owning land in South Africa under new proposals outlined by President Jacob Zuma. Foreigners will only be allowed to lease land, he said.

Frederik de Klerk, the last President of South Africa’s white-minority apartheid government

Cape Town votes to name highway after Frederik de Klerk despite opposition

A Cape Town highway was renamed after the last president of South Africa’s white-minority apartheid government, FW de Klerk, on Wednesday despite fierce opposition.

Wine farm in Cape Town, South Africa

In South Africa, Land Apartheid Lives On

Friday marks the 150th anniversary of Gen. William Tecumseh Sherman’s famous field order to confiscate 400,000 acres of land from former slave-owners and distribute it to former slaves — the promise of 40 acres and mule that we so often hear about.

Vladimir Putin (Left) and Jacob Zuma, presidents of Russia and South Africa, respectively

Geopolitics Key to South Africa's $100 Billion Nuclear Plan

Politics may tip the balance as Russia’s Rosatom Corp. and France’s Areva SA (AREVA) prepare to battle it out for South Africa’s planned nuclear-energy project that could cost $100 billion.

A mixed use high density development stands as part of the Wescape real estate project in Cape Town, South Africa, in this undated handout illustration.

Building a Boston in Cape Town: $13B dream rises from ashes of apartheid

David Pearson has a vision: a new community of 800,000 — bigger than Boston — complete with factories, schools, clinics and a university that will help erase the legacy of apartheid in Cape Town.

Colin Coleman, Head, Investment, Banking Sub-Saharan Africa, Goldman Sachs International

Macro-economic stability has improved dramatically in Africa: Colin Coleman, Head, Investment Banking, Sub-Saharan Africa, Goldman Sachs International (Video)

Colin Coleman, Head of Investment Banking for Sub-Saharan Africa at Goldman Sachs International, says macro-economic stability has improved dramatically in Africa and discusses capital markets on the continent.