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S.Africa’s DIY battle against HIV

Alexandra, South Africa | AFP | Self-testing kits and vending machines distributing prescription drugs are two ways that HIV treatment is being automated to reduce stigma in South Africa, home of the world’s biggest HIV epidemic. With 7.1 million people living with HIV in the country, removing human intervention is …

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S.Africa new president to stamp his mark in key speech

Cape Town, South Africa | AFP | South Africa’s newly-minted president, Cyril Ramphosa, will deliver his first major policy speech Friday, seizing the chance to offer the country a fresh start after nine bruising years under Jacob Zuma. The State of the Nation address is an annual mix of political …

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S.Africa’s new president vows to tackle state corruption

Cape Town, South Africa | AFP | Cyril Ramaphosa, a former anti-apartheid activist turned businessman, was named South Africa’s president Thursday and immediately vowed to fight corruption in a direct reference to accusations levelled at his predecessor Jacob Zuma. Tainted by scandal, Zuma resigned on Wednesday following intense pressure from …

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S.Africa opposition demand end to Zuma impasse

Cape Town, South Africa | AFP | South Africa’s opposition demanded Thursday that the ruling ANC party end confusion over President Jacob Zuma’s expected departure from office, as tense transition talks continued in Cape Town. ANC party officials met with Zuma over the weekend to request his resignation, but he …

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Ramaphosa faces new battles as head of S.Africa’s ANC

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South African deputy president Cyril Ramaphosa faced wide-ranging challenges Tuesday after being elected to lead the country’s ruling party as it grapples with corruption allegations and disunity. He narrowly won the vote to become head of the African National Congress (ANC) on Monday after …

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S.Africa’s ANC starts vote for new leader

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South Africa’s ruling ANC party began voting in the early hours of Monday to choose their next leader after repeated delays to a ballot seen as a key moment in the country’s post-apartheid history. “Voting will go ahead now,” the party said in a …

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Could the ANC lose power in S.Africa?

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South Africa’s ANC party, the celebrated political force that led the struggle against apartheid rule and ushered in democracy, has begun electing a new leader — but it faces a perilous future. The risk of losing power at the 2019 general elections has loomed …

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Zuma bemoans ANC infighting as party chooses new leader

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | South African President Jacob Zuma on Saturday blamed infighting and perceived corruption for the troubles of the ANC party, which risks losing power for the first time since the end of apartheid. Zuma, whose reign has been marred by graft scandals, spoke at a party …

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Cyril Ramaphosa: tycoon, negotiator… and S.Africa’s next leader?

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Deputy President Cyril Ramaphosa, who is within touching distance of South Africa’s top job, previously had his presidential hopes dashed and opted for life in business that brought him spectacular wealth. After failing to clinch the ANC nomination to succeed president Nelson Mandela in 1999, …

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Zuma ex-wife calls for calm in push for ANC top job

Johannesburg, South Africa | AFP | Nkosazana Dlamini-Zuma, a front-runner for the leadership of South Africa’s ruling ANC party, called during a campaign speech in Durban Saturday for a peaceful contest instead of a “fight amongst enemies”. Dlamini-Zuma made the call in what was likely to be her final major …

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