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Jacob Zuma wants his ex-wife Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma to succeed him as party leader

Can Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma succeed her ex-husband as South Africa's president?

South Africa’s President Jacob Zuma is keen to hand over the reins of power to the mother of his children.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Should South Africa's national rugby team reflect the colors of the country or its players?

Green and blacks: Should South Africa's national rugby team reflect the colors of the country or its players?

When Nelson Mandela strode onto a field in 1995—a year after the birth of South Africa’s democracy—images of him wearing the green and gold of the national rugby team became a stirring symbol of his commitment to racial unity.

Will Smith in the trailer for the movie "Concussion". The actor plays real-life Nigerian doctor Bennet Omalu. Omalu discovered that the hard hits received by American National Football League (NFL) players could cause serious brain damage.

The generic "African" accent: Why does every African movie character have the same accent?

Hollywood has an Africa problem. The latest manifestation of this is the trailer of Will Smith’s new film, Concussion, in which Smith plays the real-life Nigerian pathologist Dr. Bennet Omalu.

The complete South African Rugby World Cup 2015 squad. Photograph: Rajesh Jantilal/AFP/Getty Images

South Africa addicted to drama over the race of their rugby squad: Kaya Malotana

“Kaya! You can’t score in your own goal. As a keeper you are supposed to pick the ball up!” The voice belonged to my uncle, shouting during a game of street soccer in Zwartwater, Lady Frere, Transkei.

Primary school pupils from Durban react after Durban was officially named as host of the 2022 Commonwealth Games, on September 2, 2015 in Durban (AFP Photo/Rajesh Jantilal)

South Africa vows Durban Commonwealth Games will "heal wounds"

South Africa on Wednesday promised to deliver a world-class event when the city of Durban hosts the 2022 Commonwealth Games, saying the occasion would help the country overcome its turbulent past.

Moses Mabhida Stadium, Durban, South Africa

Durban to host 2022 Commonwealth Games

Durban in South Africa will host the 2022 Commonwealth Games, becoming the first African city to be awarded the four-yearly multi-sports event.

Nelson Mandela (L) and members of South Africa's rugby team, after the team won the 1995 Rugby World Cup

South Africa's national rugby team is a metaphor for a nation's slow progress on racial equality

Under Apartheid, white minority rule segregated all aspects of life in South Africa. There were separate education system for blacks and whites, separate public amenities, and even separate sporting codes.

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.

Bonang Mohale, Chairman, Shell South Africa

Why South Africa must get real: Bonang Mohale, Chairman, Shell South Africa

Looking back on the last 20 years, there is much to celebrate about South Africa’s progress. Indeed, we could easily have become a Syria, Libya, Iraq, or Ukraine—but our leaders had the foresight and the wisdom to give us the amazing gift of a united, inclusive, nonracial constitutional democracy.

Jeff Immelt, Chairman & CEO, GE

Accelerating South Africa's economic transformation: Jeff Immelt, Chairman & CEO, GE

Most people do not realize that the General Electric Company first came to South Africa in 1898—it was among our first offices overseas. For a brief period, and as part of the global effort to end apartheid, we left the country.

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.

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.

A man hold a placard, center, reading 'Africa is all for Africans' prior to a march against immigrant attacks in South Africa, in Cape Town, South Africa, Wednesday, April 22, 2015. Police and soldiers officers raided a hostel considered a hotspot for anti-immigrant attacks in downtown Johannesburg as Sosuth Africa continued a crackdown in xenophobic violence. (AP Photo/Schalk van Zuydam)

South Africa's image suffers after anti-immigrant attacks

Only a few kilometers (miles) separate Alexandra, a gritty Johannesburg township where South Africans attacked immigrants last week, from Sandton, a district jammed with high-end stores, restaurants and gleaming office towers symbolizing the upper reaches of the prosperity that attracted so many job-seekers to South Africa.

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.

South African Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

South African Trevor Noah to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show

South African comedian Trevor Noah is to replace Jon Stewart on The Daily Show, the New York Times reports.

Chinua Achebe. Image credit: newafricanmagazine.com

2 years later: Remembering Chinua Achebe, Nigeria's world-renowned literary icon

It has been two years since the passing of the world-renowned Nigerian literary icon and social critic, Chinua Achebe. The man of letters passed on January 21st, 2013 in a Boston hospital after a brief illness, leaving many Nigerians in shock and rattling the literary world.

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.

President of Namibia Hifikepunye Pohamba attends a dinner at the House of Estates in Helsinki November 12, 2013. REUTERS/Kimmo Mantyla/Lehtikuva

Outgoing Namibian President, Hifikepunye Pohamba, wins $5M Mo Ibrahim Foundation's Ibrahim Prize for Achievement in African Leadership

Namibia’s outgoing president, Hifikepunye Pohamba, has won the Mo Ibrahim Foundation’s $5 million African leadership prize, an award meant to recognize good governance that had been presented only three times before in eight years.

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.

South African cadets relax ahead of celebrations for 20th anniversary of Freedom day, which marks the end of Apartheid, in Pretoria on April 27, 2014 (AFP Photo/Marco Longari)

Race relations at a crossroads in Mandela's South Africa

As a country that emerged from years of racial segregation, South Africa is often lauded for its reconciliation efforts, but cracks in the foundation of Nelson Mandela’s “Rainbow Nation” are starting to show.

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.

Goodluck Jonathan, President of Nigeria

Is Nigeria's President Goodluck Jonathan really clueless?

In addition to the clamor for ‘change’, the next big thing arrayed against Jonathan by his tormentors is the looming notion that he is a ‘clueless’ President.

Wole Soyinka, the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature

Game Changers Africa: Wole Soyinka (Video)

In 1986, Nigerian author and playwright Wole Soyinka, became the first African to win the Nobel Prize for Literature.

Africa

How to Write about Africa

Always use the word ‘Africa’ or ‘Darkness’ or ‘Safari’ in your title. Subtitles may include the words ‘Zanzibar’, ‘Masai’, ‘Zulu’, ‘Zambezi’, ‘Congo’, ‘Nile’, ‘Big’, ‘Sky’, ‘Shadow’, ‘Drum’, ‘Sun’ or ‘Bygone’.

Nuclear plant

South Africa and China sign nuclear energy pact

China and South Africa sealed three nuclear pacts, as a contest intensifies for contracts to build new atomic plants in the continent’s second-largest economy.

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.

Mo Ibrahim, Billionaire Founder of Celtel and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

People need to see Africa as it is: Mo Ibrahim, Billionaire Founder of Celtel and the Mo Ibrahim Foundation

I have always been optimistic about Africa, and Africa is where I make my money, without paying bribes…

2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa

South Africa’s World Cup advice to Brazil—and a huge Waka Waka confession

Dear Brazil, when we hosted the World Cup in 2010, we taught the world some positive things about South Africa.